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 Leonie Penna, Senior Responsible Owner

Leonie is the Senior Responsible Owner for King’s Health Partners Haematology.

Dr Leonie Penna circleLeonie has worked at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as a consultant obstetrician for 14 years. She has an interest in fetal medicine and high-risk obstetrics and is committed to both undergraduate and postgraduate education in this area.

Leonie has held a number of leadership roles at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, initially limited to women’s health but in 2017 she became the Divisional Medical Director for urgent, planned and allied clinical services, before becoming Chief Medical Officer in 2020. 

Leonie also has an interest in fetal monitoring education, undertaking this locally and for organisations such as the Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologists (RCOG). She also spent a short period in 2010 working in Ethiopia and is interested in global women’s health. Leonie lectures for the RCOG and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Dr Susan Robinson, Joint Clinical Director

Dr Susan Robinson Clinical DirectorSusan graduated from King’s College London, before becoming a consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in 2010. At the Trust she is now a clinical director, clinical lead and an internationally recognised expert in obstetric haematology and transfusion medicine. 

Susan’s wider roles include: clinical lead for the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership South East London Pathology Programme and member of both the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Transfusion guideline group and Quality Standards and British Society for Haematology Transfusion Task Force. Susan also sits on the UK Blood Services’ Standing Advisory Committee where she helps improve blood for patients and analyses adverse outcomes, providing recommendations through the National haemovigilance scheme.

Prof Claire Harrison, Joint Clinical Director

Prof Claire Harrison Clinical Director.jpgClaire graduated from Oxford Univeristy Medical School and became a consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in 2001, where she is now a clinical director and professor of myeloproliferative neoplasms. She is committed to delivering the highest quality of patient care, within a just culture.

Claire is an internationally recognised clinical expert, trialist (global leadership both academic and commercial) and leads a related translational research programme. In the past 10 years she has published more than 200 academic articles. She has also initiated and supports patient advocacy.

Prof Roopen Arya, Joint Clinical Director

Prof Roopen Arya Clinical DirectorRoopen is Clinical Director for Haematology and Pathology at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. His other roles include: Director of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s Thrombosis Centre; Professor of Thrombosis and Haemostasis at King’s College London and Director of the National VTE Exemplar Centres Network in England.

Roopen trained at the University of Oxford and King’s College London. His main interests are venous thromboembolism, thrombophilia, and women’s health. He is passionate about thrombosis research and advancing safety and quality of care through innovative and patient-centric approaches.

Karen Larcombe, Programme Director (interim)

Karen Larcombe small.jpgKaren leads the Institute’s programme team. She has more than 25 years of experience working in operational management, strategic planning and programme management within the NHS. This includes running complex, large scale change programmes across organisational boundaries to improve services and outcomes for patients. Karen is also Programme Director for King’s Health Partners Neurosciences.

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