Our team

Nicola Bedlington
Senior Advisor Patients & Policy Co-Chair, Advisory Board
Nicola is a founding partner of Millwater Partners, a consultancy focusing on sustainability, and is the lead for health, social policy, and multi-stakeholder engagement. From 2006 to spring 2019, she served as Secretary General of the European Patients’ Forum (EPF), growing the organisation from 23 to 74 member organisations and creating a vibrant secretariat in Brussels. She was instrumental in establishing EPF as the key interlocutor for the EU Institutions, WHO and OECD on cross-cutting policy issues affecting all patients. Nicola studied business and human resource management in the UK and France. She has lived in the UK, France, Belgium, and Switzerland, and for the last 8 years in Vienna, Austria.
Matt Billingsley
Senior Consultant

Responsible for leading Sprink’s strategic communications. 
Matt designs and delivers online learning content, strategic communications, and webinars to help organisations put Value-Based Health Care in practice.

Matt is a content and communications consultant. He has a wide range of experience, including content design, user research, strategic communication, journalism, editing, copywriting and developing online learning. He has led projects across healthcare, education, finance, security, and defence sectors. Past clients include the Cabinet Office (UK), the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM).

Arie Franx
Senior Advisor
Arie is a member of the steering committee on Value-Based Health Care at Erasmus Medical Center, Netherlands. He works on Value-Based Health Care with the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centers, the Dutch Ministry of Health and the Netherlands Healthcare Institute. He was the chair of the global ICHOM Working Group developing the Pregnancy and Childbirth Standard Set of outcomes. Arie is co-founder and co-chairman of the Linnean Initiative (www.linnean.nl), a nationwide multidisciplinary network aiming to accelerate the implementation of Value-Based Health Care in the Netherlands. Arie holds an MD degree from the Free University in Amsterdam, Netherlands and a PhD degree from the University of Utrecht, Netherlands.
Thomas Kelley

Responsible for the day to day operations of Sprink and for leading the development and implementation of Sprink’s long-term strategy.

Prior to his current role as CEO of Sprink, between 2018 and 2019, Thomas was the National Clinical Advisor on Value- Based Health Care (VBHC) for the Welsh Government.

Between 2013 and 2018 he worked at the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM). He established the London office in 2014 and subsequently led ICHOM’s work in the EMEA region between 2014 and 2017. In 2017 he took overall responsibility for ICHOM’s day-to-day operations across its London and Boston offices. He also had global responsibility for ICHOM’s strategic partnerships.

Prior to working at ICHOM he practiced as a physician at Oxford University Hospitals (OUH).

He received his BSc and MD from the University of Manchester, UK and MBA from the University of Oxford, UK.

Pat O'Mahony
Senior Advisor

Pat is Chief Executive at Mapat Management Consultants where he provides strategic management consultancy to selected clients.

Pat is also Executive Chairman of Muir PT, which is planning to provide Proton Therapy services on the island of Ireland, Chairman of the Board of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) and Chairman of the Board of the Irish Medicines Verification Organisation (IMVO).

Pat previously served as CEO at Clinical Research Development Ireland, the clinical and translational research partnership of the universities in Ireland from 2017 to 2019, Deputy Secretary General and Head of Governance and Performance at the Department of Health in Dublin for 15 months, prior to which Pat was Chief Executive of the Health Products Regulatory Authority from 2002 to 2015.

Pat has previously served on a variety of public and private sector boards including the European Medicines Agency (EMA), where he served as Chairman from 2007 to 2011, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, the National Patient Safety Advisory Group and was Vice Chair of the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities. Pat was appointed Adjunct Professor at UCD in 2017.

Ed Maile
Associate Director

Responsible for leading the execution of the activities of the Global Centre for Healthy Food Environments.

In addition to Ed’s work at Sprink, he also works as a General Practitioner (Primary Care Physician) in west London. 

He combined his postgraduate medical training with academic posts at Oxford University and Imperial College London. At the latter he was Module Development Co-Lead of ‘Lifestyle Medicine and Prevention’, the UK’s first mandatory lifestyle medicine course for medical students.  

Between 2015 and 2016 he was Clinical Fellow to the National Medical Director at NHS England, leading and advising on a range of policy issues. 

He holds degrees in Medicine and Genetics from the University of Manchester and has a Master of Public Health from Harvard University, where he was a Kennedy Scholar.

Matt Salt
Senior Project Manager

Matt Salt currently works as a Senior Project Manager at Sprink.

Prior to working at Sprink, Matt worked for two National Health Service (NHS) organisations; UCLPartners and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust in project delivery roles. Between these appointments, he worked at the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM), developing Core Outcome Sets for multiple conditions.

He received both his BSc and Masters in Public Health from the University of Birmingham, UK.

Andrea Srur
Associate Director, Global Centre for PCVBHC.

Andrea Srur is a Medical Doctor trained in Chile at Universidad Mayor. Following her training, she completed a MSc in Management and Organisational Innovation at Queen Mary University London (2012) and a MSc in Health Systems and Global Policies (2018) at Queen Mary University London.

She was Head of the Non-Communicable Diseases Department at the Ministry of Health in Chile, working on NCD policies, strengthening the national network and bringing stakeholders together, and through what she developed an interest for Value-Based Health Care and joined the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) in London in 2016 as Outcomes, Analytics and Benchmarking Manager. At ICHOM Andrea supported the implementation of Value-Based Health Care in hospitals across the UK, Europe and South America. After ICHOM, and during the pandemic, Andrea was the Programme Manager of the National Children Diabetes Quality Improvement Programme for England and Wales at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) in London, UK.

Since 2022, Andrea is the Associate Director for the Global Centre for Person-Centred Value-Based Health Care, managed by Sprink.

Lea Marais
Associate Director, Industry Partnerships
Responsible for leading the execution of Sprink’s work in supporting pharmaceutical companies and health care systems to develop value-based partnerships. Léa has had various roles over the last 13 years, all focusing on supporting health care systems and life science companies on their journey to Value-Based Health Care. Léa’s track record includes designing and delivering VBHC capacity building and benchmarking programmes to health care providers across a broad range of disease areas.
John Wilkinson
Senior Advisor

John retired from his role as Director of Devices at the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in October 2019 after seven years in the role.

John was elected as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Global Medical Devices Nomenclature in 2019.

Prior to this role, John was Chief Executive of Eucomed, the leading European medical device industry representation body, and Director General of the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI). These followed extensive industry experience in sales and marketing and general management with Becton Dickinson and the BOC Group, as well as a period as chief executive of an early stage medical imaging company.

John was awarded an OBE for services to the medical device industry in the 2010 New Year’s Honours list.

He holds a first degree in Zoology from the University of Aberdeen, an MBA from the University of Warwick and he is a Fellow of the Institute of Marketing. He was made an Honorary Member of The Organisation for Professional Regulatory Affairs (TOPRA) in 2019 and received the Founders’ Award from the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS) in 2020.