Meet the Team
Arden University’s health and social care lecturers each bring a wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm and experience with them. Here to ensure that you gain the skills and expertise needed by employers in the healthcare industry, our team of dedicated health and social care lecturers have helped to shape each unique module of every course, alongside industry-leading professionals.
Whether you’re starting an undergraduate degree in healthcare management or you’re looking to enhance your existing qualification with a top-up degree, Arden’s health and social care lecturers are here to help you make an immediate and real impact in your chosen career path. So whichever course you’re studying, you’ll gain valuable, industry-focused experienced through a range of valuable modules, giving you everything you need to excel in the future.
Arden’s School of Healthcare Management is also part of the Faculty of Business, so you can meet lecturers across a wide scope of programmes by visiting our Business Team page.
You can meet the team behind your degree below.
Head of School
Stephanie West joined Arden University in November 2020 as Head of the School of Healthcare Management. In addition to her wealth of healthcare industry experience, Stephanie has held a number of Senior Academic and Leadership positions in Health, Social Care and Applied Science faculties at a variety of universities across the UK. Stephanie will provide leadership to the School of Healthcare Management, ensuring that it delivers high quality academic provision and student satisfaction across all courses.
Deputy Head of School/Principal Lecturer
Saikou Sanyang is the Programme Team Leader for the BA (Hons) Healthcare Management programme at Arden University. Saikou is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and Affiliate of the Chartered Management Institute, having taught on a number of health and social care modules. His experience is in clinical practice, clinical trials work and care management, supervising across health and social care, business management projects and dissertations.
Saikou is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Health, and his research interests lie in transdisciplinary practice learning, infectious diseases and resource planning.
Senior Lecturer, Quality Assurance and Programme Enhancement
Elliot is a clinical neuroscientist with over 12 years of research and teaching experience, having worked in the UK, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Turkey, US and Canada, at institutions such as the University of Calgary, Kings College London and Harvard University. He has spent his career being exposed to a variety of different research environments and healthcare systems, and is a huge, proactive advocate of mental health.
Ukonu Obasi is a public health specialist with a great deal of experience in the commissioning, management, delivery and evaluation of public health programmes. Ukonu also has experience and expertise of working in a variety of exciting industries and sectors, from local authorities and the NHS, to the civil service of public health England.
Lecturer for BA Healthcare Management. Module Leader for Meeting the Needs of Service Users and Fostering Dignity and Respect.
Ms. Lou Wells Lecturer for BA Healthcare Management. Module Leader for Meeting the Needs of Service Users and Fostering Dignity and Respect.
Dissertation Supervisor. Lou Wells has a Masters: Childhood and Youth and a Post Graduate Diploma Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector.
She is a Module Leader for two modules at Arden University. She teaches across the levels of Foundation, 4, 5 and 6 in Healthcare Management and supervises dissertations.
She has many years of experience both working in health and social care and teaching across a variety of different educational levels including work-based learning. She has worked across many disciplines within health and social care both nationally and overseas.
Her interests include: the culture of teaching and learning particularly relating to mature students, care ethics and equity, mental health, service user involvement and person-centred care in a task-centred ethos.
Jinan Abi Jumaa
A lecturer in the school of Healthcare Management (Berlin campus). She joined Arden in September 2020. Jinan holds a master’s degree in Public Health and is a prospective Ph.D. researcher. Jinan is currently involved in conducting research on public mental health and on cultural differences refugees experience during their settlement in Europe to ensure positive health outcomes for this population. Her published works focus on transcultural psychosocial services and health promotion and prevention for minority populations.
Dr Rodolfo Catena
Dr Rodolfo Catena is a specialist in Value-Based Health Care.
He has supported public and private organisations across the world in a list of countries including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Portugal, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.
Rodolfo has a background in engineering, he has a Master’s from UC Berkeley and two degrees from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Bologna. He supports the use of AI and Big Data solutions for Value-Based Health Care.
Rodolfo has a doctorate in Management Studies from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford where he has specialised in Operations Management.
Joan Mtisunge Gunde has more than 4 years of experience in delivering healthcare management at the 4/5/6 levels. Teaching and education have played a major role in Joan’s life, beginning as early as being selected as the school prefect in secondary school. Joan comes from a long line of teachers and lecturers, with her grandfather, three aunties, brother, and two cousins all teaching.
Joan loves working with people hence she obtained Master of Science in Sexual Health and Public Health at Oxford Brookes University where she is completing her Postgraduate Certificate (PGTCHE). She has qualified for an Associate Fellowship and has a vast industry experience working within the Health & Social care sector, including working with Coventry City Council for 13 years.
Senior Lecturer, Undergraduate
Melissa McLaughlin is the programme lead for our BA (Hons) Healthcare Management and BA Top-Up programmes, she also supports the Foundation Year Healthcare Management students in their continuing studies with Arden University. Melissa is an experienced lecturer in health with a strong research focus on widening participation and a multidisciplinary background including health, mental health, science and education. A passionate educator with an emphasis on equality in education, Melissa is a strong advocate that education should be accessible for everyone and has undertaken projects in higher education to improve access for anyone returning to education.
Melissa is determined to improve engagement in Health, Anatomy and STEM for students and she also volunteers as a STEM Ambassador. She is also trained as an Environmental Scientist with particular attention towards the global impacts of population on climate change as well as being previously trained as a counsellor with a specialism in Person Centred Therapy. Melissa’s wide range of experience and insight ensures a high quality learning experience for all her students and academic leadership across all Arden’s Healthcare Management programmes.
Robin Subi is a very experienced lecturer with the capacity to teach across several disciplines and subject areas. Robin is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and is specialised in Health & Social Care Management, Business Management, Public Health Promotion, and also Zoology. He is currently undertaking a professional Doctorate in Education with research interest in ‘Digital Pedagogy and Adult Learners’.
Robin has also worked across Health & Social Care Management, Public Health & Health Promotion sectors. He is a Module Leader and supervises research projects/dissertations across his various specialist fields. He is a very approachable individual and always brings in fun into his inclusive teaching sessions.
Klara Brittes Da Silva
Klara is an experienced lecturer in Healthcare Management (Birmingham Campus). She joined Arden in Sept 2019 as an Associate Lecturer and, since April 2021, work full-time to develop excellent pedagogical and lecturing practice in the School of Healthcare Management. I currently hold a MSc Healthcare Management as well as BSc (Hons) Early Childhood studies.
Klara has taught a variety of Child and Healthcare courses from Level 1 to Level 6 with academic and work-based focus. Her work experience ranges from being an accomplished Early Years Lead and Nursery Manager to work in adult complex care as a Support Worker of clients with spinal injuries and Community Care Support. She also has experience working with and leading community projects and funding applications. Klara brings expertise of knowing and leading teams to develop the best practice within the child and adult care sectors.