Johnny Fountain (Director of the Research Centre)

Johnny started his career in the military, before moving into marketing and Corporate PR, latterly in the City of London. His professional background is in fundraising and business development for medical research and education.

Before joining St Andrew's Healthcare, Johnny was Development Director at the Royal College of Surgeons, where he led two successful multi-million-pound capital campaigns and a national surgical research initiative that has committed more than £25 million to support over 600 individual trainee surgeons working in university departments and hospitals throughout the UK and abroad.

Whilst at the College he was part of the team that established, for the first time, a network of surgical trial units across the UK. These trials units enabled surgeons to deliver clinical studies to assess new surgical techniques and develop breakthroughs in treatment that deliver improved care to thousands of patients.

He has sat on a number of charitable boards in the field of arts, education and research.


Kieran Breen (Head of Research and Development)

Kieran Breen joined St Andrew’s Healthcare as Head of Research and Development in February 2018.

He had an academic career before working in funding charities - including Parkinson’s UK and Brain Tumour Research - where he developed new strategic research initiatives. He has served on the review boards for a number of research organisations and has been involved in the development and utilisation of patient data registries.

With more than 70 peer-reviewed publications in the area of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, Kieran brings over 20 years of research knowledge to St Andrew’s Healthcare.


Louise Millard (Senior Project Manager)

Louise has been working in health research support management, in the higher education sector, since 2013.

Previous roles include working as a television production assistant at the BBC for 15 years, and supporting a county construction training group.

Excited by the prospect of being involved with the translation of research into real outcomes for patients within a healthcare setting, Louise joined St Andrew’s Healthcare from The Open University’s Faculty of Health & Social Care in August 2017.


Ella Hancock-Johnson (Research Assistant)

Ella is a research assistant, with BSc Psychology and MSc Psychological Wellbeing awards.

Her recent thesis investigated the roles of exposure to violence, burnout and self-efficacy on the life satisfaction of clinical staff working in a secure mental health setting.

Ella has worked as a Health Care Assistant and Assistant Psychologist within the Adolescent and Learning Disability Services of St Andrew’s Healthcare, having originally joined the charity in September 2013.

Lucy Lee (Research Administrator)

Lucy has worked within administration for over 10 years, and her career journey has been a varied one.

She started out as a Physical Education and English teacher and then became a Police Constable in the Hertfordshire Constabulary where she had a number of roles, including working in the Control Room and assisting in the Domestic Violence Unit.

Following eight years as a School Administrator at All Saints Primary School in Northampton, Lucy joined St Andrew’s Healthcare as the Research Centre Administrator in April 2016.