Our team

We are a small, dedicated and passionate team. We combine our skills and experience to run the Ideas Hub and work with clients to do things differently.

Helen Sharp, Director

Helen is an experienced public sector change agent. Previously a frontline worker in the homeless sector and a commissioner at Lambeth Council, she is now an independent consultant and associate of the New Economics Foundation. She has developed in depth expertise and knowledge in helping people re-think the role of citizens in the commissioning and delivery of public services and resources using a range of collaborative approaches including co-production, appreciative inquiry and community driven development.

Anna Eaton, Director

groupAnna is the Managing Director of the Ideas Alliance and runs our work and the Ideas Hub day to day. She specialises in communications, campaigning and community engagement. Anna has worked for politicians and on national campaigns around music, politics, infrastructure and education. She is passionate about capturing and sharing stories in order to inspire others and bring about change.


Linda Hutchinson, Director

Linda is an innovator, doctor and facilitator. She runs LH Alliances, a UK-based consultancy that specialises in alliancing and alliance contracting. A paediatrician by background with over 25 years’ frontline experience, she has held senior roles in Hospital Trusts, Strategic Health Authorities and the Care Quality Commission. She has facilitated and advised on numerous collaborations and alliances, focusing on relationships and trust building as well as shared values and collaborative leadership coaching.

Dawn Hart, Associate

Dawn brings 30 years’ experience from the UK and internationally, across a range of sectors including policing and community safety, education and training, urban development, violence and insecurity. She specialises in enabling individuals, teams, organisations and communities to perform to the best of their abilities. This involves participative evaluations, designing and delivering training programmes, strategic, organisational and team reviews plus team building and coaching. Throughout her work she shares her passion for and expertise in all things asset based and appreciative.


Alessandra Ellis, Associate

Aless is our graphic designer and director of Alessandra Ellis Design. She is immensely experienced in graphic, digital and UX design. Aless has worked with a huge variety of clients and briefs, both big and small, local and global, from charities to fund managers, including Big Issue Invest, UK Youth, Divine Chocolate, Look Ahead, The Fairtrade Foundation, Nesta and The British Council. Aless helps us with our branding as well as designing reports, infographics, brochures and social media content. Aless’s designs are a key part of the Ideas Alliance offer as high quality materials with strong visuals and style are crucial to engaging people at an emotional level.


Azad Ashim Sharma, Associate

Azad is a copywriter for the Ideas Hub. As a public-sector freelance consultant, he’s been involved in a variety of community engagement and co-production projects across London. He is also an active poet whose debut book ‘Against the Frame’ was published by Barque Press in 2017.






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