Our people

Our associates offer a breadth of experience, a depth of  technical expertise and a commitment to delivering the highest quality services which sets us apart. While we each bring a different perspective,  influenced by our diverse backgrounds and experiences, we are united in our passion for making a difference to our NHS.

Mike Barber

Michael Barber

SCL was founded by Michael Barber to provide the NHS with consultancy services which are grounded in significant experience and technical expertise, in order to deliver practical innovation, real implementation and value for money. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants with over 20 years of experience of providing professional services to a wide range of clients, prior to founding SCL, Michael spent the majority of his career with Ernst & Young, where he co-led the firm’s NHS Collaboration and Integration services and the NHS Finance team.

Michael has particular expertise in the areas of NHS mergers and integrations, ICS development, business planning, business case development and programme delivery. Michael takes particular pride in the depth of experience and technical capability of the SCL team, which underpins the quality of all of SCL’s services.

Katy Cox

Katy has supported NHS organisations for over fifteen years, with a career that includes senior positions with Monitor and NHS England, care providers, an ICS and the ‘Big 4’. Katy is a qualified accountant and Prince2 practitioner, a strategic thinker who provides constructive challenge to Boards. Katy thrives on working across a range of different projects, utilising problem solving and analytical expertise.

Katy has provided advisory services to a number of NHS organisations undertaking transactions, including development of business cases, post-transaction integration plans and patient benefit cases. Katy has recently acted as ICP Development Lead for a Wave 1 ICS  where she created a programme to support the development of Integrated Care Partnerships, working with key stakeholders across health and social care.

Ed Aronson

Ed is a member of the ICAEW with over ten years experience of providing professional advisory and consultancy services with a wide range of clients. Ed was previously with NHS Improvement’s Transactions and Sustainable Solutions team where he was responsible for reviewing and challenging plans for NHS mergers and acquisitions. Ed was also previously an Associate Director in KPMG’s Healthcare team where he supported NHS organisations to develop Business Cases for transactions.

Ed has extensive experience of supporting NHS organisations to develop and deliver Business Cases, due diligence and Integration Plans for mergers and acquisitions. Ed has worked on both sides of NHS mergers, having reviewed strategic and business cases, financial models and integration plans at Monitor. Ed has supported a number of system-wide projects, involving analytics and population health modelling, and therefore understands the heavy interdependence of providers with their local health systems.

Rachel Duckett

Rachel has successfully delivered strategy development, financial turnaround, mergers and acquisitions and transformational change programmes for NHS organisations and systems working as an Executive Director, Interim Director and Management Consultant.

Rachel brings over twenty years experience working with and for NHS Boards, which together with her international and commercial experience working across a range of sectors and clients with both KPMG and PwC helps her to meet client challenges.  Qualifications in both law and accountancy ensure that Rachel has the language and skills required to deliver large scale, complex programmes.

Rachel is listed on turnaround panels with NHSI and is recognised as an expert in the mergers and acquisition of NHS organisations.

Matt Knight

Matt Knight has over ten years of experience working with NHS and Department of Health clients, specialising in financial modelling and finance business cases. Matt has advised on a number of NHS transactions and large-scale capital programmes as well as developing long-term plans with Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships.

Key projects that Matt has been involved with include; the carve-out and dissolution of Mid Staffs NHS FT, development of the financial plan for NHS Nightingale Hospital North West, advising on the carve-out of Pennine Acute NHST and policy design and implementation of Buy Price = Sell Price for NHS Supply Chain.

Alistair Glen

Alistair is a relationships-based finance and business process improvement specialist. A Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants and Prince2 qualified, Alistair is an agile project leader and complex problem solver, with expertise in managing technical experts to design and deliver pragmatic solutions. Alistair has had roles in senior positions across much of the healthcare sector, including the Department of Health and Social Care, NHSI and with NHS providers, as well as with one of the ‘Big 4’ consulting firms.

Alistair’s previous successes have included leading the successful delivery of cost reduction programmes, developing financial models and leading detailed commercial negotiations, and driving improvements to financial reporting and management processes.