Meet the Team

OHE's exceptional team has strong expertise in the economics and statistics of health care provision and financing, the pricing and regulation of pharmaceuticals, and health technology assessment (HTA). Our experts have joined us from government, the life sciences industries, consultancies and academia. Supplementing our in-house expertise is an extensive network of health policy, economics and statistical experts based in the UK, Europe and around the world.

We emphasise activities that maintain the strength of our expertise, ensuring that both our research and consulting activities provide the best value possible. Each of our senior staff holds an academic appointment and we actively encourage our research and consultancy staff to publish and participate in conferences and seminars.

The OHE team are listed below:

Chief Executive

Professor Graham Cookson is the Chief Executive of the Office of Health Economics, taking over from Professor Adrian Towse who led OHE for 25 years.

Emeritus Director and Senior Research Fellow

Adrian’s current research includes incentives for new drugs and vaccines to tackle Antimicrobial Resistance, the use of 'risk-sharing' arrangements between health care payers and pharmaceutical companies, including value-based pricing approaches; the economics of pharmacogenetics for health care payers and the pharmaceutical industry; economic issues that affect both R&D for and access to treatments for diseases prevalent in the developing world.

Vice President & Head of Research

Mireia Jofre-Bonet is Head of Research and Vice President of the Office of Health Economics, replacing Professor Nancy Devlin.

Mireia is an economist specialised in health economics. She has worked on a broad spectrum of health Economics subjects including Lifestyle and Health Behaviour Decision Making; topics in Industrial Organisation applied to the Health Care sector and Pharmaceutical Regulation; Willingness To Pay for Health Insurance Schemes by the informal sector in low and middle income countries; Environmental factors and children’s health and wellbeing (domestic violence, maternal working hours; intergenerational transmission of health & behaviours); Adaptation to Health States; and, Migration and adaptation.

Vice President & Head of Consulting

Professor Lotte Steuten is Head of Consulting and Vice President of the Office of Health Economics.

Lotte’s research interest focuses on the development and application of health economic analysis and health technology assessment (HTA), with the aim to accelerate patient access to high value health care services and treatments. She specializes in quantitative methods for estimating and comparing the expected health and economic benefits of new approaches and interventions in disease prevention, diagnostics and treatment, and prioritizing data collection to efficiently build the evidence for new interventions.

Principal Economist

Mikel’s current research interests are the economics of the pharmaceutical industry; including innovation and incentives for encouraging medical R&D, regulation of pharmaceutical markets and social welfare analysis, and competition and incentives for health care providers.

Principal Economist

Amanda’s current research interests include the use of real world evidence to support HTA and product development; novel pricing and reimbursement mechanisms for pharmaceuticals (e.g. managed entry agreements and the economics of indication-based pricing); health state valuation methodology; criteria for the economic evaluation of health interventions; and the interaction between HTA policy and optimal R&D decisions by industry

Principal Economist

Patricia’s main areas of research are: health-related quality of life measures, subjective well-being, cost-effectiveness thresholds, estimation of health-related outcomes, health policy evaluation, adaptation to health states, ordered choice models and theory of preferences.

Project Manager

Charlotte joined OHE at the end of 2018 to take up the new role of Project Manager. Her role involves the planning and smooth execution of OHE research projects as well as supporting the overall growth of OHE.

Economist

Maria holds a PhD in Economics by the Public University of Navarra (Spain). This thesis received the FUNCAS (Fundación de Cajas de Ahorros) award in 2015 to the best Thesis in the area of Social Sciences defended in Spain in 2014. She also did a Postdoctorate at UMass, at the Department of Health Policy and Management of the University of Massachusetts Amherst (US). After the PhD and Postdoc, she worked as a lecturer at the Economics Department of the Public University of Navarra, and as a consultant on different health related research projects.

Associate Director

Martina’s current research includes economic issues posed by the development and provision of treatments for rare diseases; the economics of personalised medicine for health care payers and the pharmaceutical industry; and approaches to value based assessments.

Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive

Claire Green is the Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive. A key aspect of her role is to provide time management and administrative support.

Senior Principal Economist

Grace’s areas of expertise include health technology appraisal, economic modelling and clinical guidelines. Grace is also interested in the economic evaluation of diagnostics and patient stratification, early stage modelling, and the economic evaluation of regenerative medicines and other high cost therapies. Grace has recently been appointed to NICE’s Clinical Guidelines Update Standing Committee, where she provides expert advice on the economic implications of NICE’s clinical guideline recommendations.

Head of Health Outcomes Research

Mike brings with him extensive experience in psychometrics and in the development and validation of quality of life instruments. At OHE, he will be leading both consulting and research projects on health outcomes.

Team Assistant

Amy joined OHE at the start of June 2017. Her role involves providing general office support to the team, data collection and reporting at the organisational level, assisting with the production of publications, maintaining the organisations’ website, posting regular updates on social media, and helping co-ordinate promotional activities.

 

Economist

Margherita joined the OHE in December 2016 as Economist. Her work at the OHE has involved a number consulting projects, relating to different aspects of pharmaceutical R&D and HTA activities. She has experience in supporting the development of internal strategies for pharmaceutical companies in defining the value proposition of their pipeline (e.g. value frameworks) and the evidence generation processes during the product lifecycle.

Head of Information and Analysis

Phill's research interests include the economics of the pharmaceutical market, the productivity and outputs of NICE, and benchmarking industry performance. He has extensive knowledge of, and experience with, data and other information used to understand the medicines market and performance of the pharmaceutical industry.

Economist

Marina’s research interests focus on the evaluation of healthcare programmes’ effectiveness, focusing on quality of life factors that impact budgets and decision making. She is also interested in the economics of health care systems in emerging markets.

Senior Economist

Olga’s research interests are in the field of industrial organisation, including questions relating to competition, regulation and R&D incentives. 
 
She holds a PhD from the Toulouse School of Economics. In her dissertation she analysed the effects of market structure and various regulatory schemes on producers’ incentives to invest in quality improvement.  
 

Senior Economist

Chris’s primary research interest is economic evaluation in health care, including the development of new methods for cost-effectiveness analysis and the valuation of health. He has worked on trial- and model-based economic evaluations in a variety of clinical fields. Chris is also dedicated to building new platforms for collaboration in the discipline of health economics.

Associate Director

Koonal's research interests include health state valuation methodology and the use of social value judgements in health care decision making. He has published over 30 journal articles and book chapters on these topics, and has led research and consulting projects for health care providers, research foundations, policy makers and global pharmaceutical companies.

Business Executive

Kerry's responsibilities include maintaining the website, overseeing the production and publishing of in-house publications, organising events and serving as the contact point for accounts. Before joining the OHE in 2000, she was with the ABPI.

Senior Economist

Bernarda’s areas of expertise include econometric modelling of health statistics at patient level and also international health statistics at country level. Prior to joining OHE in 2015, Bernarda has worked in Spanish and British academia and international organisations. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University Carlos III of Madrid and a Certificate in Quantitative Finance from Fitch Learning.