Andy Bleaden works for ECHAlliance as the Communities Director where he has developed and built a large network of over 80 Global Digital Health Ecosystems, 13 thematic innovation ecosystems and grown a Membership Community of over 1000 Health organisations.
He has had a long career in both health and social care as well as funding going back over 35 years starting in the mental health field working with mentally disordered offenders, homeless young people, regeneration and economic development and then later in the field of social care, dementia and robotics.
Alongside this Andy has been an External Expert for the European Commission since 2013 assessing proposals and reviewing projects. He has worked for the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) on both Health and Manufacturing programmes. He has assessed proposals and reviewed projects for other funds such as Urban Innovation Actions, Urbact and Innovative Medicines Initiative He brings a wealth of experience and skills in securing and management of strategic external funding, procurement, innovation funding and forming and development large and complex partnerships across Europe.