Committee A Members

Dr Jane Adam MB BS, MRCP, FRCR (Chair of Committee A)
Consultant Radiologist to St. George 's Hospital, London

Jane is consultant radiologist to St. George 's Hospital, London with subspecialty interests including Computerised Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and oncological imaging. She is former Chairman of both The Clinical Radiology Audit and Standards Subcommittees of the Royal College of Radiologists, former RCR Recertification Lead and previous member of RCR Education Board, Faculty Board and Council. She was founding Chair of the Audit and Standards Committee of the European Society of Radiology, currently chairs the Professional Organisation Committee, and is a member of the ESR Executive Council.

Dr Graham Ash, BSc Msc MB ChB FRCPsych MRCP(UK)
Consultant Psychiatrist, Chorley & West Lancashire Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Graham is a Consultant Psychiatrist with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust. He trained in Manchester in General Adult Psychiatry and Liaison Psychiatry and has since maintained interests in clinical and research aspects of the interface between physical health and mental health, and the evaluation of medications for mood disorders. He has served as a member of the Executive of the Liaison Psychiatry Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists and is a Foundation Trust Staff Governor.

Professor Thanos Athanasiou
Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Hammersmith and St Mary's Hospitals and Professor of Cardiovascular Sciences and Cardiac Surgery in the Division of Surgery at Imperial College London

Thanos is a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Hammersmith and St Mary's Hospitals and Professor of Cardiovascular Sciences and Cardiac Surgery in the Division of Surgery at Imperial College London.

His diverse research interests encompass proof-of-concept basic scientific research, clinical translational and healthcare outcomes research, technology evaluation, and healthcare policy. He has expertise in statistical modelling, meta-analysis, decision analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis and bayesian evidence synthesis. He is teaching regularly and is module director for Informatics and Analytics in the Healthcare Policy MSc of Imperial College.

He has published extensively published (more than 367 papers, 63 book chapters,2 textbooks and has more than 2500 citations). He has currently 10 PhD students and he has supervised more than 50 clinical, scientific bioengineering, economics students at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level.

Dr Simon Bond
Senior Statistician, Cambridge Clinical Trials Unit

Simon leads the statistical stream with Cambridge CTU whose goal is to provide statistical support to academic-lead clinical trials from the earliest stages of grant application through to final publication. There is an emphasis on early phase translational research within Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre, although the scope of medical areas is unlimited and all phases and scales of clinical studies are carried out.

Simon has an MA in Mathematics and MSc in Statistics from Oxford University and a Phd in Statistics from the University of Warwick. He has worked as a medical statistician within academia and the pharmaceutical industry, and has experience in the design, analysis and reporting of numerous clinical trials and observational studies. He has also worked on adaptive design and longitudinal data methods, and taught medical statistics on courses in the UK.

Jeremy Braybrooke BSc BM FRCP PhD
Consultant Medical Oncologist, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol

Jeremy trained in oncology at the Cancer Research UK Medical Oncology unit in Oxford. During this time he completed a PhD on DNA repair proteins and developed an interest in translational research. He has worked in Bristol since 2003 and developed a large research focussed clinical practice specialising in lung, breast and testicular cancers. Jeremy is enthusiastic about improving patients' experience of chemotherapy treatments and chairs the Avon Somerset and Wiltshire Cancer Network Drugs and Therapeutics committee. He is a member of the NICE Lung Cancer Guideline Development Group.

Dr Gerardine Bryant MB ChB MPH MRCGP
General Practitioner, Heartwood Medical Practice, Swadlincote, Derbyshire

After graduating from Birmingham in 1983, Gerry qualified as a GP and practiced for 11 years before retraining in Public Health Medicine. She worked as a Consultant in Communicable Disease Control, and then Director of Public Health before returning to clinical work to take on the challenge of developing a new General Practice in an area of rapid population growth. She is active in GP Commissioning in Derbyshire. She was a member of the NICE Tuberculosis Guideline Development Groups in 2004-5 and has been a member of the CJD Incidents Panel since 2003.

Professor Aileen Clarke FFPH FRCGP MD
Professor of Public Health & Health Services Research, University of Warwick

Aileen is Director of the Division of Health Sciences at Warwick Medical School which is a dynamic multidisciplinary applied health research environment. Her research team - Warwick Evidence - is supported by programme grant funding to undertake technology assessments and reviews for the HTA programme, NICE and other policy bodies. She also has programmes of research on evidence use and uptake. Her core training and background are in public health and epidemiology as applied to health services research and she has previously worked in research commissioning, NHS commissioning, health consultancy and as a GP. More recently she has undertaken joint work on commissioning and evidence uptake with the Nuffield Trust and with Warwick Business School.

Andrew England, BSc, MSc
Lecturer in Medical Imaging, NIHR Fellow, University of Liverpool

Andrew qualified as a radiographer from the University of Liverpool in 1999 and specialised in CT scanning and radiology based interventional procedures. In 2004 he undertook a clinical research role evaluating complications from vascular and abdominal interventional procedures. In 2006 he was appointed full-time lecturer in medical imaging at the University of Liverpool. He has previously gained a teaching qualification, an MSc in medical diagnostic imaging and is part way through an NIHR funded PhD. His current research interests include the evaluation of aortic stent grafts, optimisation of medical imaging examinations and the computerised interpretation of medical images.

Adrian Griffin MSc, BSc
Vice President, HTA & International Policy, Johnson & Johnson

Adrian is VP of Health Technology Assessment and International policy at Johnson & Johnson. Since graduating in health economics he has held a variety of UK, European, and global positions in health economics and reimbursement in both the pharmaceutical and medical device & diagnostic industries.

Dr Brian Hawkins
Chief Pharmacist (Medicines management Practice unit) for Cwm Taf Health Board, South Wales

Brian studied Pharmacy at the University of Strathclyde, graduating in 1989. Following pre-registration placements in Yorkshire he qualified as a pharmacist in 1990. He continued his journey south and gained a PhD in respiratory pharmacology from the University of Cardiff in 2004.

He is currently Chief Pharmacist (Medicines management Practice unit) for Cwm Taf Health Board in South Wales with responsibility for the medicines management strategy across the Health Board. He has held a number of positions in hospital and primary care pharmacy over the last 16 years throughout South & Mid Wales.

Brian has been a Member of the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG) since 2005 and has served on Local DTC committees since 2004.

He has an interest in respiratory pharmacology and health economics.

Dr Peter Heywood, MB BChir, MA, FRCP
Consultant Neurologist, Frenchay Hospital, NBT, Bristol

Peter is a consultant neurologist working at the neuroscience centre in Bristol. He is clinical director for neurosciences in Bristol. He is clinical lead for neurology & long term conditions for the south-west Strategic Clinical Network. He has been regional specialist adviser for Neurology in the South-West. His active research interests are in movement disorders & Parkinson's disease in particular: currently participating in studies funded by the pharmaceutical industry and several MRC funded studies; previous work has included studies involving GDNF infusion in Parkinson's disease. Previously audit lead for neurology in the South-West of England and South Wales.

Dr Sharon Saint Lamont
Head of Clinical Quality, NHS England (North)

Sharon is Head of Clinical Quality for NHS England, in the northern region. She has a PhD from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne focussing on patient involvement in health care, and an MSc in research methodologies. She has a special interest in the measurement and monitoring of clinical quality impovement across all sectors of health care provision and is presently leading on the implementation of acute sector seven day working for the north of England medical directorate.

Dr Ian Lewin, BSc MD FRCP(Edin)
Honorary Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, North Devon District Hospital

Ian is currently the specialist doctor on the Board of the NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group. He has a long standing interest in cost-effective healthcare. He has worked on several NICE guidelines concerned with diabetes.

Dr Louise Longworth
Reader in Health Economics, HERG, Brunel University

Louise is a Reader in Health Economics at Brunel University. She has previously held roles as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield, Research Fellow at Brunel University and Technical Advisor at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. Louise was awarded a PhD in Health Economics by Brunel University in 2007. She also has an MSc in Health Economics and a BA (Hons) in Economics and Politics, both from the University of York. Her research interests relate to the economic evaluation of health care interventions; in particular, the measurement and valuation of health outcomes.

Dr Anne McCune
Consultant Hepatologist, Department of Hepatology, University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Having originally trained in London at University College Hospital Medical School, Anne spent her higher specialist training in the South West and Cardiff, where she was awarded an MD after research on the clinical penetrance of the then newly discovered haemochromatosis gene. She was appointed as a NHS consultant in Bristol in 2005 and the majority of her clinical time is spent looking after patients with a wide variety of both common and unusual liver diseases.

Within her NHS practice she acts as clinical lead for alcohol-related and metabolic liver disease. She is a divisional clinical effectiveness lead within her current organisation and has helped in the development of both local and national gastroenterology/hepatology guidelines, including NICE guidance. Public health promotion is also a particular passion and Anne currently works with and alongside a number of national and local organisations involved with the care of liver patients, as well as being an executive member of The Medical Council on Alcohol.

Her research interests are broad and include studies on alcohol-related hepatitis, fatty liver disease, hepatic encephalopathy and portal hypertension.

Professor of Medical Cardiology, University of Glasgow

John is honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the Western Infirmary in Glasgow and has a special interest in clinical trials (particularly in cardiovascular disease but also in diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease), guidelines and evidence-based medicine.

Dr Alec Miners
Senior Health Economics Lecturer, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Alec completed his MSc in Health Economics from the University of York in 1995. In the same year he joined University College London as a PhD student before being appointed to Research Fellow in Health Economics. In 2000 he joined the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence as a Technical Analyst and also became a Visiting Research Fellow at Brunel University. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Health Economics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Dr Mohit Misra BSc, MBBS, DRCOG, MRCGP, MSc
General Practioner

Mohit graduated from Guy's & St. Thomas' Medical School in 2004 and initially trained as a surgeon. Thereafter he trained as a General Practioner and has worked in all facets of primary care in London, including a practice based commissioning board in South East London. He gained a Masters in Health Policy and Economics from the London School of Economics recently, after which he worked with Department of Health Strategy Unit identifying the reasons for escalating costs in orthopaedic care in the NHS. He has also worked with the World Health Organization in Geneva on amalgamating primary care with essential surgical services. Mohit's other international experience was in Cambodia, where he helped establish primary healthcare clinics and improve acute care provision in government hospitals.

Sarah Parry RN, BSc (Hons), MSc
Clinical Nurse Specialist in Paediatric Acute, and Palliative Pain Management, Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia, University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Sarah is a qualified nurse with over 20 years experience within paediatric surgical medical and PICU / NICU care. Prior to taking up the role of pain specialist, she managed the paediatric cardiac ward in Bristol following the Kennedy report. More recently she has been a nurse advisor to the NCEPOD working party on the “Are we there yet” report on children's paediatric surgery in England and Wales and is working with the British Pain Society to develop paediatric chronic pain guidelines.

Current interests and projects include non-medical nurse prescribing within paediatrics i.e. implications and pressure of prescribing large proportion of off licence and off label prescription for children due to limited research, developing a 10 point's checklist designed by the patients / carers on paediatric pain management within secondary care and developing a pathway for paediatric procedural pain management within children's services. Firther roles included honorary tutor Cardiff University and enthusiastic supporter of welsh rugby.

Ms Pamela Rees
Lay Member

After obtaining an undergraduate degree and a post graduate certificate in education, Pamela undertook post graduate studies in urban and regional planning at the Architectural Association, London. She is currently studying for her Masters in Public Health at Nottingham University. Panela has taught in secondary, further and adult education for over ten years before going into youth work and then to work with Nottingham City Council in community development and regeneration. She recently retired from working as a Public Health manager with Leicester City PCT is now looking forward to having time to devote to voluntary work, to her garden and to her daughters.

In 2006-7, Pamela was a community member of the NICE Public Health Programme Development Group for the Smoking Cessation Services guidance (NICE PH10). She has worked with ‘disadvantaged' communities for over thirty years and for the past decade the main focus of her work has been on improving patient and public understanding of and involvement in health; improving information and access to appropriate health care services and enabling individuals to take greater responsibility for their own health. Her commitment to social inclusion, equality and supporting public involvement in the forces that shape their lives owes much to this experience and to her personal experience as a carer.

Dr Ann Richardson PhD
Lay Member

Ann works as an independent qualitative researcher in health and social care and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. Much of her research has focused on patients' views and experiences of their care. In addition, she has undertaken writing and editing on a wide range of topics for both lay and professional audiences.

Ellen Rule MSc, BSc (Hons) Dunelm, BSc (Hons)
Programme Director, NHS Bristol

Ellen is an experienced health care manager with a Masters degree in health economics. She has held a number of roles in both hospital management and commissioning, her current role being at NHS Bristol as Programme Director for (acute) hospital commissioning. Prior to joining the NHS she worked in the cabinet office, for a government policy unit concerned with equity and equality issues. She has a particular interest in health technology assessment and the role of HTA in ensuring that equitable and rational funding decisions are taken by the NHS. Outside of her NHS management role she actively participates in research, principally through working alongside clinical trials as a health economist.

Dr Paul Robinson
Medical Director, Merck Sharp & Dohme

Paul is Medical Director at Merck Sharp & Dohme Ltd, the UK subsidiary of Merck & Co Inc. He qualified in medicine at The Royal London Hospital and entered the pharmaceutical industry after 10 years in general medicine and cardiology. He heads a department with responsibility for clinical research execution, pharmacovigilance and regulatory affairs, as well as the medical governance and support of the company's commercial activities. He is Visiting Professor at the School of Pharmacy, University of Hertfordshire.

Mr Stephen Sharp
Senior Statistician, University of Cambridge MRC Epidemiology Unit

Stephen leads the statistical work for the University of Cambridge MRC Epidemiology Unit, whose goal is to study the genetic, developmental and environmental determinants of obesity, type 2 diabetes and related metabolic disorders and to contribute to the prevention of these disorders. He is a Lecturer for the University of Cambridge MPhil in Epidemiology and Public Health and is a statistical reviewer for journals including “The Lancet” and “Diabetologia”.

Stephen has an MA in Mathematics from Oxford University and an MSc in Medical Statistics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has worked as a medical statistician within academia and the pharmaceutical industry, and has experience in the design, analysis and reporting of various clinical trials and observational studies. He has also worked on meta-analysis methods, and taught medical statistics on courses in the UK and abroad.

Dr Brian Shine
Consultant chemical pathologist, Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Trust

Brian Shine is a consultant chemical pathologist in the Oxford University Hospitals Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, University of Oxford. He trained in medicine in Zimbabwe, and in Clinical Biochemistry at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London, and then worked at Moorfields Eye Hospital, and Stoke Mandeville Hospital. His clinical interests are endocrinology (particularly neuroendocrine tumours and thyroid cancer), renal stone disease, metabolic bone disease, lipid disorders, and inherited metabolic disorders. His other interests include statistics, evidence based medicine, use of information technology in laboratories, postgraduate medical education, and research ethics.


Peter is an occasional GP in Devon, he teaches at the Peninsula School and is an appraiser for the Information Standards Board. He has worked as a GP in Bedfordshire and more recently as a GP to the British Army. He has worked as a Director of Public health in Tower hamlets and North Devon and as an academic in Public Health medicine and Primary care in Zambia and Papua New Guinea.

Dr. Eldon Spackman, PhD
Research Fellow, Centre for Health Economics, University of York

Eldon is a research fellow with the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York and a member of the Economic Evaluation and Health Technology Assessment Team. He is an associate editor for BMC Public Health and a member of the PSSRU unit cost advisory group.

Professor Iain Squire (Vice-Chair of Committee A) BSc MBChB FRCP MD FESC
Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Leicester

Professor Squire is Chair elect of the British Society for Heart Failure, an organisation for which he has previously held the elected offices of Deputy Chair, Treasurer and Councillor. Iain was born in Glasgow in 1960. After obtaining a first class Honours degree in Biochemistry & Pharmacology at the University of Strathclyde in 1982, Iain saw the light and embarked on undergraduate medical training at the University of Glasgow, from where he graduated with Commendation in 1987. After obtaining MRCP he undertook a period of research under the supervision of John Reid in the Department of Medicine at the Western Infirmary, followed by appointment as Lecturer in the same department in 1992. A move to the University of Leicester in 1995 was followed by appointment as Senior Lecturer there in 1998.

Iain's research interests are in heart failure and coronary artery disease, areas in which he has published over 120 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He has been Chair of the University Hospitals of Leicester Therapeutics Advisory Service. He is the current Deputy Chair of the British Society for Heart Failure, an organisation for which he has previously been elected as Councillor and as Treasurer.

Mr. David Thomson
Lay Member

David is a retired Chartered Engineer in Aeronautics, Electronics and Computers. He spent his career in Air Traffic Management in the UK and the USA. He was Director of Engineering and finally Director of Projects with National Air Traffic Services. Following heart bypass surgery, he became actively involved with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and with Patient and Public Involvement in Health Forums. He has written articles on health for DIPEx, NHS National Genetics and the BHF. David was a member of the NICE Guideline Development Group on Post Myocardial Infarction. He supports local patient groups and is a member of a Steering Group for medical research projects at University College London.

Dr John Watkins
Clinical Senior Lecturer / Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Cardiff University and National Public Health Service Wales

John is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology at Cardiff University and Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine at the National Public Health Service for Wales,NPHS, is the consultant lead for chronic disease management and specialist adviser to the NPHS and Welsh Assembly Government, WAG, on Influenza and Pandemic planning, where he has chaired its Influenza Advisory Group. Prior to devolved regional government in the UK, John was a member of a scientific advisory group that helped the UK Department of Health develop Influenza vaccination policy. He was formerly Medical Director of Primary Health Care at Gwent Health Authority, a post he held for some eight years. Prior to his career in Medicine he completed a first class honours degree in Physics and went on to study for a PhD before starting medical school.

John has an active research programme in a number of areas, particularly Influenza and other respiratory diseases and has published and lectured at home and abroad on this subject. His research has included studies on disease impact, both in adults and children, vaccine effectiveness and usage and the historical impact of pandemic disease.

His hobbies include; skiing, he is a rather ‘geriatric' athlete and rugby player, DIY and flying light aircraft and lives in Monmouthshire with his wife and two daughters. John continues in active clinical practice as a GP in Newport, South Wales.

Professor Olivia Wu
Reader in Health Economics, University of Glasgow

Olivia is a Reader in Health Economics at the University of Glasgow. Originally a pharmacy graduate, she also has an MSc in Clinical Pharmacology and PhD in Public Health and Health Economics. She has a strong interest in epidemiology and health economics, in particular in the areas of evidence synthesis, risk prediction modelling and economic evaluation. In addition to her research, Olivia is an advisor to the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network.

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