Our team

Our team helps coordinate and support activity across our partnership, working closely with colleagues in our partner organisations to drive delivery of our 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 (DEO) 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 DEO’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.

Michelle Martin, Programme Director (Maternity Cover)

Michelle MartinMichelle joined DEO as our (interim) Programme Director in May 2022 where she leads DEO’s programme to ensure the delivery of its overall vision and mission.

Michelle has more than 25 years’ experience as a clinician and healthcare manager, 20 of these being within the private and public healthcare market within the UK. She has specialist expertise in strategic business and relationship development, clinician engagement and consultant relations, and strategic partner joint ventures of various structures. She has been instrumental in completing complex healthcare projects including tender processes, bid management and healthcare acquisitions and assimilation or transition of new facilities into existing organisations. Specifically, she has extensive experience of the development and implementation of successful private and NHS and other commercial joint ventures.

Alongside her role as DEO Programme Director, Michelle is also the current Director for Partnerships and Programmes for King’s Health Partners.

Kyle Reid, One Team Programme Lead


Kyle joined the team in February 2022 and is acting as the Programme Lead for the One Team programme of work, which aims to deliver more integrated ways of working across KHP’s organisational boundaries. He is leading on the Research and Innovation workstream within the One Team programme, building closer relationships between clinical academics and basic science researchers.

Prior to joining KHP DEO, Kyle was a Senior Business Development Manager at Guy’s and St Thomas’, where he brought a business focus to an operational directorate which housed GSTT’s diabetes, endocrinology, and obesity services.

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. Prior to joining Kings Health Partners, Rebecca worked as a project manager at the Health Innovation Network (the Academic Health Science Network for south London), within the Patient Safety & Healthy Ageing teams on a number of national and local projects.

Charlotte Downing, Project Manager (on secondment from Civil Service) 

Charlotte DowningCharlotte has joined DEO for six months on secondment from the Civil Service Fast Stream (a rotational development scheme) where she has worked since September 2020.

Charlotte supports and helps manage a number of our projects including the Diabetes workstream in the international Health Outcomes Observatory (H20) project with Dr David Hopkins, and the Clinical Transformation workstream within our One Team programme. Charlotte is also our Communications lead for DEO which includes pulling together our quarterly newsletter and sharing DEO news and achievements on Social Media so do get in touch with her with anything you would like shared through those.

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