Committee C Members

Dr Kathryn Abel MA, MBBS, FRCP, FRCPsych, PhD
Director of Women's Mental Health at the Institute of Brain Behaviour & Mental Health, University of Manchester

Dr Kathryn Abel is director of the Centre for Women's Mental Health at the University of Manchester since 2001. She completed training in general medicine and following MRCP worked at the Hammersmith Hospital in London before commencing psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry and Bethlem and Maudsley hospitals between 1991 and 2001.

Her research focuses on sex differences in mental health outcomes, maternal condition and neurodevelopment using large national databases, developing and evaluating interventions for mothers with severe mental illness and neuroimaging studies of maternal responsiveness in healthy and ill women.

Dr David Black
Medical Director, NHS England, South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Area Team.

David Black was appointed as Medical Director (MD) for the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Area Team with the establishment of NHS England in April 2013. Prior to this he was MD for the Derbyshire and Derby City PCTs. David Black completed General Practice vocational training in 1992, before working in New Zealand in both general practice and psychiatry. He then completed public health training in South Yorkshire and at the Department of Health and was appointed to his first consultant post in 2000. He became Director of Public Health (DPH) for Chesterfield PCT in 2002 and then DPH for Derbyshire County PCT and Derbyshire County Council in November 2006. His interests include the safety and performance of health care professionals and health care teams, clinical leadership and clinical networks, improving health and reducing inequalities and specialised service commissioning.

David Chandler
Lay member, PAPAA

David Chandler has diverse experience, being involved in the voluntary sector since 1993. He has held the posts of coordinator of the Skin Care Campaign at the National Eczema Society, general manager at Teaching Aids at Low Cost, an international healthcare training and education NGO, Chief Executive of the Psoriasis Support Trust and also co-founded and jointly managed the Psoriatic Arthropathy Alliance with his wife Julie. During this time David has been a patient advocate, and given presentations on the patient perspective in Europe and the US, written and published articles, developed awareness campaigns and been involved in the development of both quantitative and qualitative research.

David is currently Chief Executive of PAPAA - The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance a UK patient charity. Prior to moving into healthcare advocacy he worked in commercial business. David is also involved in other committees as patient representative combining his own personal experience of having both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis with that of those his charity represents. David also has a keen interest in social inclusion and equality issues.

Gail Coster
Advanced Practitioner Sonographer, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Mrs Gail Coster works for Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. In 1978 she qualified as a diagnostic Radiographer and worked as both a clinical radiographer and as an ultrasonographer for 22 years. Throughout her professional career she has been a member of the College of Radiographers and the British Medical Ultrasound Society. For the last 12 years she has worked in a managerial role which has involved elements of both operational management and the quality and governance agendas within health care. More recently she has undertaken a return into clinical practice at an advanced practice level where she is utilising both her management and clinical experience. Gail has worked with NICE as a member of the medical Technologies Advisory Committee and has worked with the Diagnostic Committee as a non-standing member for development of some guidance related to ultrasound. Being concerned about standards within Radiology Gail has worked on the review committee for the National Standards for Imagine Accreditation and also acts as an assessor for the scheme.

Professor Peter Crome MD PhD DSc FRCP (Lond, Edin and Glasg) FFPM FBPharmcolS
Consultant Geriatrician and Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Keele University

Professor Peter Crome is Emeritus Professor at Keele University, an Honorary Professor at UCL and the DeNDRoN lead for the West Midlands. He was Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Keele between 1994 and 2012. Prior to this he was a Senior Lecturer and Consultant at King's College, Guy's and Orpington Hospitals. In 1985 he was Head of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. He has served as Head of Keele Medical School, President of the British Geriatrics Society and of the Geriatrics and Gerontology Section of the RSM and as a member of the Council of the Royal College of Physicians of London. He also served at Clinical Director in both Stoke and Orpington and has been responsible for the introduction of numerous services including memory clinics, stroke units, intermediate care and ortho-geriatrics. He was a non-Executive Director of the Shropshire and Staffordshire SHA. He chairs the steering committee of the National Audit of Dementia in acute hospitals. He is serving a second term as Secretary-General of the International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology Clinical Section European Region. His research interests include stroke, dementia, medication in later life and health services research. He has edited books on pain in older people and on drug treatment in later life and has just finished editing a textbook on Addiction and Older People.

Professor Rachel Elliot BPharm MRPharmS PhD
Lord Trent Professor in Medicines and Health, School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham

Rachel Elliott is a UK qualified pharmacist with a background in critical care, has a PhD in health economics and her research perspective is in health economics and health technology assessment, focussing on the economic analysis of medicines in real-world settings. She is head of the Division of Social Research in Medicines and Health, at the University of Nottingham School of Pharmacy. The principal research themes of her research group are in the economics of medicines nonadherence, influencing medicines taking behaviour, medicines quality and safety in children, young people and the elderly, pharmaceutical policy and infections. She is a co-opted member of the Health Services Research Network Executive Board.

Greg Fell
Consultant in Public Health, Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council

Greg is a Consultant in Public Health in Bradford. Greg's current role is within the Local Authority and leads on providing public health advice and support to a wide range of NHS organisations in a wide range of clinical and service areas. Greg also works with organisations outside Bradford including West and South Yorkshire Commissioning Support Unit, YH Clinical Senate and a number of universities.

Professor Wasim Hanif MBBS MD FRCP
Professor of Diabetes & Endocrinology & Consultant Physician, Clinical Director in diabetes at University Hospital Birmingham.

He is an eminent authority on Diabetes, Obesity, and Ethnic health. He works with several national bodies, and professional groups in the UK.

Prof. Hanif received his specialist training in Birmingham and has worked at major teaching centres in the city. He received an MD for research in South Asians with diabetes from University of Birmingham. He has been involved with major research projects in diabetes and has published widely. He was selected for Kings Fund Leadership Programme in Diabetes. His research interest includes: diabetic kidney disease, diabetes prevention, management of diabetes in Ramadan, obesity, ethnicity and tackling health inequalities.

He is involved as a chief and principal investigator in several international multi-centre trials and was instrumental in setting up UKADS (United Kingdom Asian Diabetes Study).

Prof. Hanif has been involved at a parliamentary level to advise the government on issues relating to Diabetes and ethnic health. He is the Chair of the Diabetes Working Group of the South Asian Heart Foundation (SAHF) a world recognised organisation on South Asian Health. Prof. Hanif is a member of the Parliamentary and Stakeholder Diabetes Think Tank advising the All Party Parliamentary Group on Diabetes. He is also a member of the Parliamentary Best Practice Consensus Group on Diabetes in South Asians. He is on the Board of Directors for Apnee Sehat a social enterprise for innovative Healthcare delivery in the UK.

Prof. Hanif has authored several publications, toolkits and guides in ethnic health. In 2009, he produced and authored a report on the gaps in research among South Asians with Diabetes in the UK that was launched at the Houses of Parliament on the 17th June 09 by Lord Naren Patel and Right Hon Keith Vaz MP.

His involvement in NICE has been extensive, sitting on advisory NICE Health Technology Appraisal Committees, and acting as an advisor on many issues including the use of health technologies, definitions of Obesity and Waist circumference in British South Asians, prevention of diabetes in high risk groups, physical activity, type 2 diabetes, and new agents for treatment of type 2 diabetes and Rimonobant STA.

Dr Alan Haycox
Reader in Health Economics, University of Liverpool Management School

Biography to follow

Dr Janice Kohler BSc MBChB FRCP FRCPCH
Formerly Senior lecturer and consultant in paediatric oncology, Southampton University Hospitals Trust

Jan Kohler recently retired from her position as a senior lecturer and consultant in paediatric oncology in Southampton, caring for children with all types of cancer from the Wessex region. She was the local Principal Investigator for several national clinical trials, and has been Chief Investigator for three national/international trials. She was a member of the European neuroblastoma working group, has served on the UK Children's Cancer and Leukaemia executive and until recently chaired the CCL Research Governance Group. She continues to work in various roles in postgraduate education in Wessex and chairs the steering group for a European neuroblastoma clinical trial.

Emily Lam
Lay Member

A Registered General Nurse, Midwife and Health Visitor by background, Emily also has a BA (Honours) degree in Psychology. Her experience includes research, Nursing Officer at the Department of Health for Practice Developments, and as Quality Lead and Chair of a PCT Equality Monitoring Group in Cheshire. She has an interest in performance measurement, and quality standards developed from the users' perspective. With direct experience through caring for her terminally ill husband some years ago, Emily's contact with voluntary groups over the years has also given her insights on perspectives from carers and advocates.

As a Community Member on NICE Hepatitis B and C Project Development Group (PDG) Emily became aware of a health inequality issue concerning hepatitis B and C among high risk immigrant groups. In addressing this, she raised awareness of Hepatitis B among local Chinese residents in Manchester, a high risk group which had remained grossly under-diagnosed. Engaging and working with statutory agency and local voluntary organisations she helped to set up a Hepatitis B Testing facility in Manchester Chinatown. Which subsequently led to a number of local people being found positive and offered treatment. Emily is also passionate about personalised care plan and patients taking an active role in health care.

As a Magistrate Chairman in a busy inner City court, and an Ambassador for Diversity in Public Appointments, Government Equalities Office, she is committed to equality and fairness.

Dr Nigel Langford
Consultant Acute Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist

Nigel Langford is a Consultant Acute Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist at Leicester Royal Infirmary, graduating from the Leicester Medical School in 1995. Prior to qualifying he had also worked as a pharmacist and retains membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. He was awarded an MD in clinical pharmacology in 2005 from the University of Birmingham.

He has a long-standing interest in medical education, medical error and adverse drug reactions. He was a member of the NICE Guidelines Development Group for two guidelines looking at the prevention, identification and management of venous thromboembolic diseases. He is an honorary senior lecturer to the Leicester Medical School.

Dr Allyson Lipp
Principal Lecturer, University of South Wales

Allyson Lipp is a Principal Lecturer in the Faculty of Health, Sport and Science at the University of Glamorgan. She is a nurse by background and has helped to drive forward evidence based practice via various practice-based projects and publications and her doctoral studies were centred on this topic. As well as undertaking primary research, she is also committed to secondary research, producing and updating systematic reviews with the Cochrane Collaboration on topics centred on wound care. Allyson is also a member of the south east Wales Research Ethics Committee and a local Health Board Research Risk Review Group.

Dr Andrea Manca

Andrea is a Senior Health Economist in the Centre for Health Economics at The University of York. His research interests focus on the application of statistical methods for the analysis of cost effectiveness and health outcomes data, and the use of quantitative evidence synthesis techniques to support healthcare decision making. Andrea holds an MSc in Health Economics (1998) and a PhD in Economics (2005), both awarded by the University of York. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Health Services Research in 2007, awarded by The Wellcome Trust, and he is currently holding a Career Development Fellowship titled “Developing economic evaluation methods for decision making: the value of access to individual patient data” funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Andrea has evaluated health technologies in several clinical areas including breast and advanced colorectal cancer, endovascular aneurysm repair, coronary revascularisation, diabetes, neck and chronic low back pain, surgical interventions for urinary stress incontinence, and hysterectomy. He is co-editor of the journal Value in Health and senior associate editor of Pharmacoeconomics Italian Research Articles.

Dr Suzanne Martin
Reader in Health Sciences, University of Ulster

Dr Suzanne Martin is a Reader in Occupational Therapy at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. Her research focus is on new and emerging technologies within Health and Social Care. She is member of the Institute of Nursing and Health Research in the University and currently leads on Connected Health. Suzanne is Chair of the Research and Development Board of the College of Occupational Therapists and is also currently a Council member. In addition, Suzanne is a member of the Office of Research Ethics Committee Northern Ireland (ORECNI) and a trainer and contributor to the Cochrane library. Suzanne has successfully led a range of EU and nationally funded research projects to develop new devices and services to support people living with a disability at home. Currently she is working on Brain Neural Computer Interfaces (BNCI), outcome measurement tools for electronic assistive technologies, and chronic disease management via eHealth platforms.

Dr Claire McKenna, MSci, PhD, MSc
Research Fellow, Centre for Health Economics, University of York

Claire McKenna is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Economics (CHE), University of York. She joined CHE in 2006 after completing the MSc in Health Economics at York. She holds a MSci in Mathematics (2001) and a PhD in Theoretical Physics (2004). Her research interests are centred on the economic evaluation of healthcare technologies. She has specific interests in the use of constrained optimisation methods in economic evaluation, the application of statistical and decision-analytic methods for cost-effectiveness analysis, the use of evidence synthesis techniques and value of information analysis to inform policy decisions in health care. Her recent work has involved methods of assessment to inform ‘only in research' and ‘approval with research' policy decisions. Claire has worked on economic evaluations across a range of health technologies in different fields and has contributed to numerous technology appraisals for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Professor Gary McVeigh
Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Queens University Belfast and Consultant Physician, Belfast City Hospital

Gary McVeigh is a Consultant Physician/Clinical Pharmacologist in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Queen's University Belfast. He chairs the Drugs and Therapeutics and Risk Management Committees for the Belfast Trust and is Training Programme Director for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics in Northern Ireland. His academic research interests involve non-invasive evaluation of arterial vascular function and he is a member of the editorial board of two journals. He is currently Standing Chair of a Short Guideline Development Group for NICE and is Vice Chair of Technology Appraisal Committee C.

Dr Paul Miller BA, MSc, PhD
Director, Payer Evidence, AstraZeneca

Dr Paul Miller has extensive experience as a professional health economist working in the NHS, academia and the pharmaceutical industry. He has been Research Assistant at Newcastle University, Lecturer in Health Economics at Nottingham University and a part-time PhD student at Loughborough University. Since 2002 he has been employed by AstraZeneca R&D in Loughborough, Lund (Sweden) and Alderley Park (Cheshire) working in a broad spectrum of disease areas. He also continues to hold an Honorary Research Fellow role at Nottingham University.

Professor Eugene Milne B.Med.Sci (hons) MBBS MRCP MSc FFPH
Director for Adult and Older Adult Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England

Eugene Milne is Deputy Regional Director of Public Health at North East Strategic Health Authority and an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Ageing and Health at Newcastle University. He is a board member of the Faculty of Public Health, North East Public Health Observatory and a trustee board member of National Energy Action. Prior to working in public health, he trained in paediatrics, but has, in recent years, focused on development and implementation of regional health and wellbeing strategy. He has research interests in ageing and biodemography.

Prof Stephen G O'Brien BSc (Hons) PhD MBChB FRCP MRCPath
Professor of Haematology, Newcastle University and Honorary Consultant Haematologist, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Steve O'Brien is an investigational physician in the field of leukaemia research,specifically chronic myeloid leukaemia, and was the UK lead clinician for the pivotal trials of tyrosine kinases in CML. He is the Chief Investigator for the NCRN SPIRIT phase 3 trials ( and a Consultant Haematologist in Newcastle with day to day clinical responsibilities for patients with haematological malignancies.

He has been involved as an expert witness with NICE appraisals on a number ofoccasions. Steve has also been involved in the development of IT systems for clinicalresearch and contributed to the NIHR Information Systems programme.

Dr Anna O'Neill PhD MN BN RNT ENB100
Deputy Head of Nursing & Healthcare School / Senior Clinical University Teacher, University of Glasgow

Anna graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1983 and worked in acute and critical care. Anna leads a postgraduate multiprofessional taught MSc programme as well as supervising undergraduate, taught postgraduate, MSc by research and PhD students. Anna has a strategic role within the School of Medicine, in relation to Clinical Skills Teaching and Assessment for all professional groups, including undergraduate medical and nursing students, and also qualified staff. Anna is also involved in national work, with regional responsibility, within an NHS Education Managed Educational Network.

Anna has clinical and research involvement in Respiratory Intensive Care and is currently involved in research related to alcohol consumption and intensive care.

Alan S Rigby BSc MSc CStat CSci FSS
Academic Reader, Chartered Statistician and Chartered Scientist in the Division of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research, Medical School of Hull and York, University of Hull

Alan is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Academic Cardiology at the University of Hull. His main research interest lies in statistical modelling of chronic diseases. He has previously held positions at the Universities of Manchester (ARC Epidemiology Unit) and Leeds (Nuffield Institute for Health).

Dr Peter Selby
Consultant Physician, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Peter Selby is a consultant physician at the Manchester Royal Infirmary and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medicine at the University of Manchester. After qualifying from Cambridge and Birmingham he undertook postgraduate training in endocrinology, diabetes and general medicine at Leeds and Newcastle before moving to Manchester in 1990. His main clinical and research field is endocrinology, especially disorders of calcium and bone metabolism. He is currently chair of the Speciality Advisory Committee for training in Endocrinology and Diabetes and has previously been a trustee of the National Osteoporosis Society and the Paget's Association. In addition to his specialist work he remains active in general medicine and is clinical director for acute and rehabilitation medicine in the Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Professor Andrew Stevens MA MBBS FFPHM
Professor of Public Health and Head of Department, University of Birmingham

Andrew Stevens is Professor of Public Health at the University of Birmingham. His academic interests centre on health care needs assessment, health technology assessment and horizon scanning of health technologies. He designed a widely accepted standard model for needs assessment, and edited the four volume Health Care Needs Assessment series. He also edited the Advanced Handbook and Methods in Evidence-Based Health Care. He was the founding director of the National Coordinating Centre for Health Technology Assessment at the University of Southampton where he launched the “Health Technologies Assessment” monograph series, and he is the founding director of the NIHR Horizon Scanning centre at the University of Birmingham. In the West Midlands NHS, until 31 Jan 2011 he was vice-chairman of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation Trust, and he currently (2012/2013) chairs the Birmingham and Black Country Comprehensive Local Research Network.

Professor Matt Stevenson BSc, PhD
Professor of Health Technology Assessment, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield

Matt studied Operational Research at Lancaster University where he received his doctorate. Matt has worked for the University of Sheffield for over 15 years where he has conducted cost-effectiveness analyses for the National Institute for Health Research and for pharmaceutical companies. He is Technical Director of the School of Health and Related Research Technology Assessment Group, an academic group undertaking modelling work to provide data for NICE technology and diagnostic appraisals, and is additionally a member of the NICE decision support unit.

Dr Paul Tappenden

Reader in Health Economic Modelling, ScHARR

Paul Tappenden is a Reader in Health Economic Modelling at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) within the University of Sheffield. Paul is the Deputy Technical Director of the ScHARR Technology Assessment Group. Paul is also a member of the NICE Decision Support Unit (DSU). Paul has an MSc in Health Services Research and Technology Assessment and a PhD on the role and value of “Whole Disease Models”, both awarded by the University of Sheffield. He has over 10 years' experience in designing, developing and appraising models. His primary research interest relates to the development and use of health economic models to inform decision-making.

Professor Robert Walton BSc MD FRCP FRCGP DCH
Professor of Primary Care

Robert Walton is a professor of primary care at Bart's and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. His research interests include studying genetic differences that predispose to common illnesses and predict response to treatment. He holds an NIHR Programme grant to optimise therapy for smoking cessation and sits on the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit and Programme grant awarding committees. Previously he was a senior lecturer in clinical pharmacology in Oxford and Head of Genetics at the Medical Research Council Laboratories in The Gambia, West Africa. Robert has been a general practitioner for 25 years in Oxford where he continues to practice.

Dr Judith Wardle
Lay Member

Judith Wardle has had a varied career: 15 years as a university lecturer in English during which time she also studied music; 20 years as a singer/music teacher; and 16 years in the voluntary sector (the last 2 overlapped). Her move into the voluntary sector came after her son became disabled as a result of a road accident. The growing carers' movement in Oxfordshire drew on her talents for speaking, and clear writing and provided training in lobbying, and participation in multi-agency committees. She chaired Oxfordshire Community Health Council at the same time as the Board of Trustees of the Children's Head Injury Trust. Her first paid post in the sector was as CEO of this charity and she later moved to the Continence Foundation. There she took a particular interest in integrated services: lecturing and publishing on the topic. She has served on various national committees, including contributing to the NSF for Long-Term Conditions and chairing the Patients Involved in NICE (PIN) Group from 2005-8. She is now retired.

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