Association of Professional Healthcare Analysts

AphA CIC Board of Directors Profiles


Paul Stroner

Chief Executive Officer
Deputy Director of Information and Analytics – NHS IMPROVEMENT

Paul has worked in the NHS since 1995 and has held a variety of national and regional roles during his career. Initially working in Scotland he was the Head of the Scottish Cancer Therapy Network, conducting phase 3 clinical trials in oncology on a national and international basis, before moving on to lead the Drugs Misuse Information Strategy Team.

After heading south Paul has worked extensively at a strategic level within Strategic Health Authorities and latterly the NHS Trust Development Authority and now NHS Improvement. Paul is currently leading the national programme for Demand and Capacity Planning Training, chairs Fed-IP and is an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Exeter.

Paul has long been an advocate for improving the career prospects for information analysts and retains the ambition to see NHS information analysts recognised as a professional group in their own right.


Alison Wilkinson

Director of Finance

Alison began working in the health service aged 18, as a Management Accounting Assistant at the East Birmingham Health Authority, and trained as an accountant. In 1992, Alison passed ACCA finals and in the same year moved to what would become University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, initially heading up the team responsible for pricing and costing, but later the role expanded to include the contracting function.

After 16 years at UHB, during which time she completed a Masters degree in Healthcare Management and Policy and had 3 children, in 2008 she moved to the South West, working as a Performance Manager for the South West SHA. A secondment opportunity took her to NHS Devon PCT early in 2010, which became a permanent position. Alison became Head of Contracting and Business Intelligence for NHS Northern, Eastern & Western Devon CCG when it was formed in 2013 and is now the Deputy Director of Contracting. Alison is currently balancing her contracting role with leading the commissioning team in the eastern locality of the CCG on a secondment basis.


Marcus Albano

Company Secretary

Worked for almost 20 years in NHS information management and analysis, Marcus loves tackling problems using innovation and hard work. He has worked within Trusts, PCTs, shared services, health authorities and for the TDA (Trust Development Authority).

Marcus currently manages a portfolio of workstreams as well as a team of Analyst’s for NHS improvement, which is a national organisation. NHS Improvement is responsible for overseeing foundation trusts and NHS trusts, as well as independent providers that provide NHS-funded care. Team offer the support the providers need to give patients consistently safe, high quality, compassionate care within local health systems that are financially sustainable.

Marcus has managed and successfully delivered on a number of key projects whilst working in the NHS, which has enabled him to successfully network and given growth to his reputation.


Rony Arafin

Director of Digital Engagement
Assistant Director of Informatics – Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Rony has extensive Analytical and Business Intelligence experience, worked with various private and public sector organisations, and over 7 years’ experience within the NHS. As the Assistant Director of Informatics, Rony is leading the informatics team to deliver Business Intelligence, Clinical Systems and Application Development services.

Rony has been responsible for delivering innovative informatics and mobile application solutions, his work includes focusing on analysis, triangulation of information to provide meaningful intelligence. He has also been at the forefront of the move to data visualisation, reporting in real-time and interactive dashboards.

Rony have successfully led various transformation and quality improvement programmes working with senior managers, clinicians and multi-disciplinary staff group to improve and optimise the effective delivery of patient care and the associated efficiency.


Glen Howard

Director of Professional Development
Project Manager – East Midlands Academic Health Science Network

Glen’s career starting in nursing, eventually undertaking the role of professional development nurse. He has been involved in informatics for longer than he wishes to admit, much of this time in change and project management roles supporting the improvement of patient care from the implementation of clinical information systems. He is currently Programme Manager for the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network and manages the Health Analytics and Informatics team. This role involves working on a wide range of innovation projects and with a range of organisations in the region as well as looking after the AHSN’s Information Analysts’ Development Programme.

Glen is passionate about the essential contribution informatics professionals have to play in supporting the delivery and continuous improvement of patient care, including providing the evidence (based on high quality analysis) to drive the identification, adoption and spread of best practice and innovation. This requires the ongoing development of individual professionals as well as the profession as a whole, therefore Glen is excited about the work AphA is doing to enable the development and recognition of Analysts in health and social care.


Matthew O’Reilly

Director of Regional Development
Head of Business Intelligence – Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust

Matthew O’Reilly is Head of Business Intelligence at Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, a Community provider Trust.

Matthew has worked in NHS since 1996 in a variety of roles including Commissioning and Contracting and in Performance and Information roles in Provider Trusts. Matthew has a specific interest in developing Community Services data and enhancing benchmarking information for Community Services.

Matthew is also the Deputy Chair of the NHS Benchmarking Network Community Services reference group.

Matthew is excited to see analytical staff develop and to have the opportunity to be recognised as professionals through the development work that AphA has championed.


Val Perigo


Val is very excited to have been appointed to this role and looking forward to working hard to increase the membership of AphA and to achieve professional registration status.

Val brings a wealth of administration, office manager and PA experience obtained from many different sectors including NHS, tourism, transport management, solar power and parliament as well as voluntary work including a heritage railway, running club and a local community charity.