Alex Blacknell, Research Manager
Alex is a qualified solicitor with experience in private practice. For the last seven years she has worked as an adjudicator for a statutory complaints handling body, analysing documentary evidence and drafting written adjudication decisions. The subject matter of the complaints is varied but has included fitness to practice issues, disability, racial and other discrimination. She has also had articles published in a number of professional periodicals. She first worked for 2020 Health in May 2014 conducting workshops in schools as part of the research for the Fit for Schools report. She now oversees the report writing process.
Matt James, Senior Researcher
Bioethics & Public Policy Consultant
Matt has a particular interest in the intersection of values, technology and public policy. He has a wide ranging portfolio of expertise which spans the arenas of public policy, academia and third sector, including working in Parliament as a parliamentary researcher for a MP and shadow minister. Skilled in research, administration and new media development, Matt has convened numerous series of public symposia which have helped initiate and bring together key stakeholders to discuss the ethical, social and legal implications of new technologies. With a desire to further discussion amongst the whole of society on these questions, Matt has been involved with writing on these issues as well as participating in several EU funded projects exploring public responses to new technologies. Matt has an undergraduate degree in political history and sociology as well as a Master’s degree in bioethics and medical law. He was recently elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Commerce (FRSA).
Jon Paxman, Senior Researcher
Jon joined 2020health in 2011 as a copy-editor and researcher. He has since contributed to several Health IT reports, including 2020health’s independent evaluation of the ‘Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Telehealth Hub’, and ‘Making Connections’, a report preparing for a transatlantic exchange between the US VHA and England’s NHS to support the adoption of digital health. As a Project Lead he has authored ‘Personal Health Budgets: A Revolution in Personalisation’ and 2020health’s report on the Childhood Immunisation Programme: ‘Protecting the Nation: Every Child Matters’.
Sarah Kershaw, Researcher
Sarah completed a Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition at Deakin University in Melbourne Australia. She began her career working in the Food and Beverage industry before immigrating to the United Kingdom. Since living in the UK she has been working as a freelance researcher. Her work has focused on life span nutrition, diet related disease and obesity prevention in children and adolescents.