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Our Senior Team

We are committed to providing our clients with the best possible service, every step of the way. Our Chairman and Medical Director, Dr Paul Jenkins, is one of the most respected Physicians in Harley Street today. Under his leadership, we have assembled a team with world class experience and capability.

Ahmed El Barkouki

Chief Executive Officer

Ahmed El Barkouki

Chief Executive Officer

Ahmed joins Echelon with more than 20 years’ experience in Luxury Hospitality and Private Healthcare both in the UK and internationally. His most recent senior role was Commercial Director and Executive Board member of Bupa Cromwell Hospital in South Kensington, where he was in charge of setting the hospital’s commercial strategy and oversaw marketing, business development, consultant and GP relationship and international patients departments.

With a Bachelor degree in commerce, He started his career in Luxury hospitality, working for Four Seasons Hotels and resorts in various roles within accounting and sales and marketing where his last role was regional sales manager in charge of Europe. Following this he took on various roles within iconic hotels like Maybourne Group, owner and operator of Claridge’s, Berkeley and Connaught Hotels in London where he was a senior sales manager in charge of Middle East and Oil and Gas industries and Diplomatic relations. Ahmed also held the position of Director of International Sales for the re-opening of the legendary Savoy hotel in London. He also advised many companies on how to attract, retain and develop relationships with high net worth individuals during his time as owner and Managing Director of Caviar Black Ltd.

Ahmed is passionate about culture change, change management and the relentless pursuit of an enhanced and flawless client experience, in addition to his expertise on the HNW market.


Dr Paul Jenkins

After qualifying with a degree in Medical Sciences at Cambridge University, Dr Jenkins undertook his clinical training at The Royal London Hospital. Shortly afterwards he joined the internationally renowned Department of Endocrinology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, where he gained unrivaled experience in clinical endocrinology. After completing his MD research degree he was appointed as Senior Lecturer and then Reader in Endocrinology and Honorary Consultant Endocrinologist.

For over 10 years he also led the Endocrine service at Homerton University Hospital. Within the Medical School, he was Dean for Pre-Registration Doctors and an enthusiastic teacher of undergraduate students across all years. He led an active research group into the interactions between hormones and cancer and has published more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific papers in this field as well as writing several books and text-book chapters. He was awarded numerous academic grants for his research and was invited to lecture extensively in the UK and abroad on his findings.

During all of his clinical career, he has been passionate about the benefits of early detection of disease and the role that modern imaging can play in healthcare. Over 15 years ago he established the European Scanning Centre in Harley Street and developed this to be the UK’s leading independent diagnostic imaging company. ESC has been at the forefront of introducing cardiac CT imaging into UK clinical practice and in particular CT coronary angiography.

A few years ago, in order to complement ESC and to incorporate imaging into the provision of world-class preventive health assessments, he established Echelon Health and now, having sold ESC to the leading Healthcare provider Alliance Medical, Echelon Health is now his major focus of attention.


Claire Johnson

After graduating with a First Class Honours Degree in Management in 1997, Claire completed further courses in Personnel Development.  Her career started at the Prestigious St Paul’s School in Barnes West London where she was an assistant to the HR Manager and the Engineering Manager.

This diverse role enabled her to have the opportunity to move to New Zealand where she secured a position at Waitakere City Council working alongside the Mayor.  After returning to the UK she worked for a leading Department store in their Head Office supporting the Head of Compensation and Benefits and looking after over 5000 members of staff.

For the past 18 years, Claire has worked in the Private Healthcare sector. Claire joins Echelon Health with extensive experience of running 3 Private Medical Diagnostic centres for The European Scanning Centre (Harley Street) Limited.  Her core passion is the patient, ensuring they receive the very best care, using the best technology available to them whilst being looked after by a dedicated team who ensure the whole experience is genuinely world class.

In her spare time, Claire is a keen fitness fan and gardener when the weather permits.


Hannah Holt

Hannah has been fascinated by the medical world from a young age.  She trained as a ballerina at the Royal Ballet School and the Arts Educational School, Tring Park for 6 years. Unfortunately, due to scoliosis and injuries, Hannah had to leave the world of ballet although learning Pilates and working in rehabilitation enabled her to cope with the physical demands that dancing entails.

After leaving dance school Hannah went to Wellington College to finish her academic studies following which she worked in the property sector for 8 years, both in residential and commercial.  Hannah has a passion for business as well as working with people and during her time in property, her focus was client relationship management, customer relations and transaction management. building relationships with perspective clients whilst managing deal progression and project forecasts.

Following her time in the property sector, Hannah focused back on her passion for the medical sector and worked for a leading podiatry surgeon focusing on client relationships, managing assessments, reports and overall client care throughout their whole journey. During this time Hannah studied at STOTT Pilates and Ten health and fitness.

Hannah joined Echelon Health in 2019 and is a qualified Matt and Reformer instructor.


Richard Bowker CBE

Richard has worked at a senior level in both Public and Private Sector companies for over 30 years, both in the UK and internationally.

His previous senior roles include Group Commercial Director for the Virgin Group of Companies reporting directly to Sir Richard Branson with specific responsibility for transport. He was a Non-Executive Director of Virgin Atlantic Airways and Co-Chairman of Virgin Rail Group.

In December 2001, he was appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport to be Chairman of the Strategic Rail Authority, a post he held for 3 years. Between September 2006 and July 2009, he was Group Chief Executive of National Express Group Plc, one of the world’s leading international transport businesses. Subsequent to that he spent three years (2009 – 2012) as CEO of Etihad Rail PJSC, an Abu Dhabi based Government owned business tasked with designing and building a brand new railway network in the UAE.

More recently he has held senior positions within the world of Sports administration. Between 2012 and 2018 he was the Senior Independent Director of the English Football League and for four years (2013 – 2017) was a Commissioner of the Football Regulatory Authority. Between June 2017 and January 2019 he was Chair of UK Athletics, the Governing Body for the sport of Athletics in the UK and prior to that, was a Director on the Board of the London Marathon, one of the world’s most successful charitable fundraising events.

Richard is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Fellow of the Institute of Logistics and Transport. He was made a CBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2005 for services to the railway industry. He is a keen runner and cyclist and owns an award winning retail business in the cycling sector.