Our team

Our central Institute team helps coordinate and support activity across our partnership, working closely with colleagues in our partner organisations to drive delivery of our Institute's vision and mission.

Dr David Hopkins, Joint Director 

David Hopkins circularDavid is jointly responsible for leading King’s Health Partners Diabetes, Endocrinology and Obesity’s (IDEO) strategic vision and strategy.

David qualified at the University of Liverpool and trained in diabetes, endocrinology and internal medicine at the University of Liverpool and later King's College London. He joined King’s College London as a clinical lecturer in 1995 and was first appointed as a consultant at Central Middlesex Hospital in 1999 before joining King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 2004, where he is currently a consultant diabetologist. David is part of one of the largest specialist diabetes team in the UK. He conducts a wide range of specialist diabetes clinics including insulin pump management, diabetic nephropathy, neuropathy, transplantation and cystic fibrosis.

David’s research interests include hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar episodes), outcomes of structured patient education in type 1 diabetes and novel treatments for type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Prof Khalida Ismail, Joint Director

Khalida Ismail circleKhalida is jointly responsible for developing IDEO’s strategic vision and strategy.

Khalida qualified from the University of Oxford and is Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London and consultant liaison psychiatrist at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Khalida’s research interests are in understanding the epidemiology and underlying mechanisms of the depression-diabetes link and related disorders; and developing and evaluating complex interventions to improve diabetes control and depression. 

Khalida leads the Diabetes and Mental Health Research Group and the Diabetes and Psychiatry clinical service at King's Health Partners. Her research has been translated into innovative clinical services such as the 3 Dimensions of Care for Diabetes service which won three Quality in Care Awards in 2011. She has developed training modules to improve skills in psychological care for health professionals working with people with diabetes.

Dr Stephen Thomas, Joint Director                                              

Stephen Thomas circleStephen jointly leads on the Institute’s vision and strategy to ensure people with diabetes, obesity and endocrine disorders receive the best possible holistic care.

Stephen is a consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and focuses on caring for individuals with complicated diabetes. He works in clinics looking after those with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who need extra specialist input and cares for people in internal medicine in an inpatient setting. Stephen is also a clinical director at the Trust and manages 16 departments that are focused on both outpatient and inpatient care. He also manages the major outpatient departments at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Stephen is also the Director of the London Diabetes Network, overseeing transformation and improvement across the capital to improve outcomes and reduce variation in care for people with diabetes.

He previously worked at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, was the diabetes and long-term condition lead for Healthcare for London and a lecturer at King’s College London.

Hayley Ormandy, Programme Director

Hayley Ormandy headshot.jpgHayley leads IDEO’s programme to ensure the delivery of its overall vision and mission. 

Hayley is also Programme Director for the Partnership Southwark, Southwark’s local health and care partnership within the Our Healthier South East London Integrated Care System. Hayley is responsible for helping drive and translate the strategic direction from the partnership to better join up care, tackle inequalities and improve health and wellbeing outcomes for residents.  

Over the last ten years, Hayley has held senior roles within NHS clinical commissioning and integrated care networks, and prior to this worked at a healthcare management consultancy. She has helped set up and develop GP Federations and integrated care partnerships, led community-based care transformation and service re-design. Hayley is passionate about population health and embedding new ways of working across organisational boundaries to reduce inequalities. She has also worked as a senior policy advisor within the New Zealand government.

Phil Freeman, Programme Manager

Phil Freeman circleAs Programme Manager, Phil ensures the Institute delivers on the various areas of work within its business plan.

Prior to joining the Institute, Phil managed a range of programmes in acute settings, including quality improvement and transformation programmes. He also worked in public affairs, events management and business development.

Rebecca Newman, Project Manager

Rebecca NewmanRebecca is supporting the IDEO’s Obesity Pathway Programme, which aims to improve patient provision to treatment, challenge health inequalities and bring about service efficiencies. 

Rebecca started her career as a community podiatrist and went on to specialise in wound care, with a focus on the diabetic foot. She has a particular interest in service development and in previous roles helped improve the triage process, pilot new clinics and run a student placement programme. 

Angela Davies, Project Manager

Angela Davies.jpgAt the IDEO, Angela is involved in a number of projects supporting frontline clinical services in their ambitions to deliver world-class healthcare, informed by cutting-edge research and innovations.

Before joining the Institute, Angela held operational management positions at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust where she oversaw a range of frontline clinical services including acute medicine, specialist neurosciences and paediatrics.

Carl Nwabudike, Project Support Officer

Carl NwabudikeCarl supports project planning and delivery at the Institute, as well as working with the King’s Health Partners Mind & Body programme. He previously worked as a Planning and Equality Assistant and Honorary Assistant Psychologist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation and Charity Donation Processing Assistant at the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

To get in touch with the Institute and learn more about our work, please email IDEO@kcl.ac.uk.