Medical Technologies Advisory Committee member biographies

Professor Bruce Campbell - Chair
Professor Bruce Campbell is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon in Exeter. He served on the NICE Technology Appraisal Committee 2001-3. He has chaired the Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee since its inception in 2002, being reappointed since that time. He chaired the production of NICE/NPSA guidance on Patient Safety in 2007. He was appointed as Chair of the Medical Technologies Advisory Committee at its inception in 2009 and was reappointed in 2012. Outside NICE, Professor Campbell chaired the Therapeutic Procedures Panel of NHS HTA during 2000-8, prioritising topics for research funding. He has been Honorary Secretary of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland (1998-2002) and inaugural Chair of its Professional Standards Committee (2002-7). He has been on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Surgery and continues to serve as Editor of the Technical Section of the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He has published extensively on surgical subjects, clinical services, and recently on developing NICE health technology guidance.

Dr Peter Groves MBBS, MD, FRCP - Vice Chair
Dr Groves qualified from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in 1984 MBBS (Hons); completed general medical training in the Newcastle Hospitals (MRCP) and then moved to Cardiff to undertake specialist cardiology training. Dr Groves performed cardiovascular research in Cardiff (BHF Fellowship; MD awarded) and Freiburg, Germany (Alexander von Humboldt Scholar). Two years as senior registrar at the Royal Brompton National Heart Hospital was followed by appointment as Consultant Cardiologist at the University Hospital of Wales in 1996. Dr Groves is a full-time Clinical Cardiologist with an interest in percutaneous interventional cardiac procedures and was Clinical Director of cardiac services at the University Hospital of Wales 2002-9. He served on NICE's Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee from 2006-2010. Dr Groves is currently President of the Welsh Cardiovascular Society and Council member of the British Cardiovascular Society. He has a continued interest in cardiovascular research and teaching.

Professor Dilly OC Anumba MBBS, FWACS, MD (Newcastle), LLM Medical Law (Northumbria at Newcastle), MRCOG.
Dilly Anumba is Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology with the University of Sheffield and the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust since. He also holds subspecialty accreditation in Maternal and Fetal Medicine. He trained in Leeds and Newcastle and took up a Consultant post in Sheffield in 2001, moving into a clinical academic position with the University in 2003. He is Clinical Lead for the Westfield Unit of Fetomaternal Medicine and for the Substance misuse and blood-borne virus in pregnancy services. His research interests include the physiology of premature birth, the potential place of medical technologies in predicting the timing and outcome of high risk and preterm pregnancies, and the impact of health inequalities and social exclusion on maternal child health outcomes. He has authored book chapters, invited reviews and primary research articles in high risk pregnancy, and prenatal screening and diagnosis. He is the RCOG training program director for Maternal and Fetal Medicine in Sheffield and Chairs the Education and Training Group of the British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society (BMFMS). He has active undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research portfolios and is Deputy Academic Training Programme Director for the South of the Yorkshire and Humber Postgraduate Deanery.

Ms Sue Bennett - Lay member
Sue Bennett, MPhil, took early retirement in 1994 after developing spinal problems. She is a member of the DH HCAI Service Users in Research Forum. Sue was a Trustee of the Bladder and Bowel Foundation (formerly Incontact) for 8 years and still represents the B&BF at The Urology User Groups Coalition. She is also a member of Disability Rights UK and Spinal Injuries Association. Sue has previously been a member of the NHS Information Authority Public Reference Group, was a member of the NICE Faecal Incontinence Guideline Development Group, and on the NICE/NPSA pilot Patient Safety Advisory Committee. She has been a lay member of NICE Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee since 2007. Her main interests include disability equality especially in relation to health issues.

Dr Keith Blanshard
Dr Keith Blanshard has been a Consultant vascular interventional Radiologist since 1990,and holds the post of Consultant vascular interventional radiologist at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. He has served as Clinical Director of Children's Services (May 2009 to May 2010), Clinical Director of Medicine and ED Services 2006 - 2009, and Clinical Director of Imaging Services 2005 -2006. He previously served as Associate Medical Director (Clinical Effectiveness) 2004-2005 in the same trust, standing down to take on his first Clinical Directorship. He has been a member of the Board of the British Association of Medical Managers (BAMM) 2008 - 2010 and served on the Editorial Board of Clinical Leader. He was awarded Fellow in the BAMM Fit to Lead programme in 2007. He has previously served as Council member of the British Society of Interventional Radiology (2005-6, Chair, Rules and membership Committee). He has published on interventional vascular radiology and has presented, chaired and organised meetings on vascular intervention and medical management.

Professor Nigel Brunskill
Nigel Brunskill graduated MBChB from University of Leicester School of Medicine in 1984 and subsequently trained in nephrology in the UK and USA. He has held research fellowships from both MRC and Wellcome Trust and gained a PhD in cell biology in 1997. As an active clinical academic he has been Honorary Consultant Nephrologist for University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) NHS Trust since 1997 and University of Leicester Professor of Renal Medicine since 2006. His research interests are in the cellular mechanisms of proteinuria and progressive renal disease, clinical studies of chronic kidney disease and related medical informatics, and renal disease in pregnancy. He is Associate Editor for Clinical Science, Chair of the Renal Registry National CKD Group, serves on the National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine-East Midlands, Executive Committee, and has recently been appointed as Director of R&D and Associate Medical Director for UHL NHS Trust.

Mr Matthew Campbell-Hill - Lay Member
Matthew is a media and technology consultant who moved to Cornwall after spending several years working in the City. He is a founding director of Mentor's DEN CIC, a community interest company and management consultancy helping disabled and disadvantaged entrepreneurs to set up and run their own businesses. Previous to a spinal injury Matthew competed nationally in Modern Pentathlon. He has also performed internationally with various acclaimed choirs and ensembles and features on recordings regularly played on national radio. Through his work with teenagers with mental health and physical disability he continues to help ensure inclusion and best practice in the services offered for this client base. He is a Civilian Instructor with the ATC (Air Training Corps) competes internationally in wheelchair fencing. Matthew maintains a keen interest in emerging technology and brings his own experience of using medical devices, along with those of the many disabled people he works with.

Mr Andrew Chukwuemeka MBBS MD FRCS (England) FRCS (CTh) LLB
Mr Chukwuemeka qualified from the University of London in 1992 and completed general and cardiothoracic surgical training in London and in Toronto. He is a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Chief of Service (Clinical Director) of Cardiology, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the National Heart and Lung Institute. Between 2008 and 2012 he served on the Clinical Expert Panel in Cardiac Surgery, the Cardiovascular Clinical Leadership Advisory Group, and the Future Cardiac Technologies Advisory Group at NHS London as well as the Cardiac Steering Group for the Northwest London Cardiac and Stroke Network. He is currently a member of the Adult Cardiac subcommittee of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland and joined the MTAC in 2013.

Professor Daniel Clark
Dr Daniel Clark: Head of Clinical Engineering, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust. The Clinical Engineering service in Nottingham is one of the largest in Europe and provides the full scope of equipment services including: device evaluation, commissioning, service and maintenance, decommissioning and disposal. This service has specialist teams in renal technical support, non-ionising radiation, anaesthetics and ventilators and general medical and also provides a comprehensive equipment library service and a medical devices training unit. Dan also leads an innovation and research unit that designs and produces novel medical devices plus a device evaluation and compliance team. He has considerable experience of evaluating new technologies and introducing them into the healthcare setting. He is a device specialist in optics, optoelectronics and optical imaging systems and holds a number of grants for device development and evaluation. He Chairs the Trust's Medical Devices Group and sits on a number of trust-wide risk committees.

Professor Tony Freemont
Professor Tony Freemont is Professor of Pathology at the University of Manchester and Honorary Consultant in Osteoarticular Pathology at the Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust. He has worked for PMETB for 5 years as a member of the Examinations and Assessments Committees and recently as a PMETB partner. In his role as advisor in Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology to the Royal College of Pathologists he has worked with NICE on drug assessments. He has been a non-executive director of the Christie Hospital, and is Head of one of the Schools within the University of Manchester. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Pathology. His research is in the area of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine for degenerative joint disease. He holds 3 patents and has written extensively on diseases of bones and joints, the development of novel pathology technologies, and other medical matters.

Professor Peter Gaines
Professor Peter Gaines is a Consultant Interventional Radiologist at the Sheffield Vascular Institute and Professor at Hallam University, Sheffield. He has published extensively on the subject of Vascular Interventional Radiology. From 2007-2009 he was President of the British Society of Interventional Radiology and since 2003 has worked with the NHS to develop Payment by Results (PbR). He has specific knowledge of medical devices having advised industry and taken novel technology through to commercial success.

Professor Shaheen Hamdy
Professor Shaheen Hamdy is currently a Professor in Medicine (Neurogastroenterology) within the University of Manchester, Centre Lead for GI Sciences, Institute of Inflammation and Repair and Director of the Neuroscience Research Institute. He holds a clinical academic contract, delivering clinical care at Salford Royal Hospital NHS Trust for 50% of his contracted time. He is also lead academic clinician for the NIHR academic training programme in Gastroenterology at the University of Manchester. He sat on the HTA EDaPT panel from 2008-2011 and is chair of the Neurogastroenterology and Motility Committee Section of the British Society of Gastroenterology.

Dr Jerry Hutchinson
An independent medical technology advisor specialising in wound management with 28 years' experience in the medical devices industry. Experience gained in R&D, product development, clinical and regulatory matters, the underlying conditions in patients with wounds and in the ICU, and technical/business assessment of products and medical technologies.

Dr Cynthia Iglesias
Cynthia Iglesias is senior health economist/ health services researcher at the University of York. She has a first degree in Actuary from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, a MSc in Health Economics and a PhD in Health Services Research, both from the University of York. Cynthia is based at the Department of Health Sciences, and has had honorary appointments with the Hull and York Medical School and the Centre for Health Economics, where she is now an internal affiliate. Economic evaluation of healthcare technologies; its contribution to healthcare policy decision making and Bayesian Sandy Newbystatistical methods for economic evaluation are Cynthia's main areas of interest. In 2008, she started a personal fellowship awarded by the Medical Research Council to look at the potential contribution of Bayesian methods for evidence synthesis to the evaluation of therapeutic medical devices.

Professor Mohammad Ilyas
Mohammad Ilyas is Professor of Pathology at Nottingham University and Honorary Consultant in Pathology at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. His research interests are focused mainly on the genetic basis of cancer and inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. As well as basic cell and molecular biology, he has research interests in the development of molecular diagnostics and has developed protocols for High Resolution Melting analysis (following PCR) to facilitate mutation detection. He is on the editorial board of several journals and a founding member of the newly formed Association of Clinical Pathologists Molecular Pathology and Diagnostics group. He has previously worked with NICE on the Colorectal Cancer Guidelines Development Group and the Topic Experts Group used to develop standards from the guidelines. He was a member of the former NICE Topic Selection Consideration panel and he has also provided consultation to NICE on behalf of the Royal College of Pathologists on technology appraisals.

Dr Greg Irving
Greg is a General Practitioner and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Fellow at the Department of Health Services Research at the University of Liverpool. His research interests include patient centered diagnostics and medical complexity in chronic disease. He has previously worked at the World Health Organizaition (WHO) information, evidence and research cluster. Greg has served on a number of Royal College of General Practitioner committees including College Executive Committee, Council and International Committee.

Dr Eva Kaltenthaler
Eva Kaltenthaler is a Reader in Health Technology Assessment at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) in the University of Sheffield. She has been the Managing Director of the ScHARR Technology Assessment Group (ScHARR-TAG) since 2003. ScHARR-TAG produces health technology assessment reports to support the NICE Technology Appraisal and Diagnostics Assessment Programmes as well as other agencies. Eva has a background in systematic reviewing. She has a research interest in the methods of health technology assessment. She is currently involved in research into best practice regarding the identification and review of evidence for use in cost effectiveness models.

Dr Paul C. Knox
Paul Knox is a Physiology graduate from the University of Glasgow, where he also completed his PhD in Neurobiology. The main focus of his research over the last twelve years has been human vision and eye movement control, using careful measurements to reveal the underlying physiological and cognitive processes involved. Current work includes the use of concurrent fMRI and eye tracking to study oculomotor initiation (part of an international collaboration with colleagues in China), and the use of new technological approaches to detect eye disease earlier, particularly glaucoma. He also contributes to the training of Nursing and Allied Health Professions undergraduate programmes at the University of Liverpool, as well as Liverpool's NIHR-funded Master of Research in Health Sciences.

Mrs Karen Partington
Karen Partington is the Chief Executive of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She trained originally as a Registered General Nurse working in a number of settings across North Wales and the North West of England. Her interest in health technology has intensified in recent years culminating in her involvement in the design and launch of an innovation pathway at her Trust to support the development and initiation of new technologies within and outside of the NHS. Karen is a member of the North West Coast Academic Health Science Network, the host Trust for Cumbria and Lancashire Research Network and a member of the board, member of the Lancashire Workforce and Education Group (LWEG), member of the NHS Confederation Acute Hospitals Group, chair of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Major Trauma Network Board and chair of the Foundation Trust Quality Working Group.

Professor Brian J. Pollard
Professor Brian Pollard is Professor of Anaesthesia at the University of Manchester and Consultant Anaesthetist at Central Manchester University Hospitals. He has degrees in both pharmacy and medicine and has worked in various UK cities as well as Ann Arbor, USA. He has been Clinical Director of Anaesthesia, Theatres and Sterile Services at Central Manchester Hospitals and Chair of the Resuscitation Management Committee. He has served as a member of the Medicines Management Committee for nearly 28 years, approximately half of this time as Chair.

He was an examiner for the Royal College of Anaesthetists for 12 years, and is, or has been an external examiner for a number of UK universities. He has been a member of the Council of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, Council of the Section of Anaesthesia of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) and member of the Senate of the European Academy of Anaesthesiology. He has also been Honorary Secretary and President of the RSM Section of Anaesthesia, Chair of the Education, Research and Presentation Subcommittee of the European Society of Anaesthesiology and a Governor of Withington Girls' School.

His numerous publications in the areas of Anaesthesia and Critical Care include 25 chapters in textbooks and seven complete textbooks. His Handbook of Clinical Anaesthesia is currently in its third edition. He has been Editor-in Chief of Current Anaesthesia and Critical Care and the European Journal of Anaesthesiology. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care. He is lead for Admissions at Manchester Medical School and sits on the UKCAT Board.

Brian Selman
Brian Selman is Managing Director of Selman & Co. Ltd, the UK subsidiary of a Swedish healthcare IT company. Over the course of the last 40 years he has worked in many facets of healthcare, starting with research posts in London teaching hospitals. From this platform, he has worked in a number of roles in industry and healthcare delivery which have deepened and broadened his knowledge of the direct and peripheral technologies that can benefit diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. This has focused on diagnostic imaging for a considerable part of his career, but has included anaesthetics, respiratory medicine, general medicine, radiotherapy, cardiology, orthopaedics and general surgery.

Professor Wendy Tindale
Professor Wendy Tindale is Scientific Director of Medical Imaging & Medical Physics at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and also Head of Nuclear Medicine for the Trust's three sites. As Consultant Clinical Scientist, she leads one of the largest NHS centres of medical technology in the UK where she oversees the delivery of a wide spectrum of clinical scientific developments and services. She has extensive experience in frontline patient care, service delivery and improvement, and healthcare innovation. She holds a Chair at the University of Sheffield and has a national role as Clinical Director of the ‘Devices for Dignity' (D4D) Healthcare Technology Co-operative. She has an interest in combining clinical academic excellence with business opportunities through commercial translation of innovative medical technologies and has worked with both public and private sectors to facilitate successful collaborations. Wendy has contributed to numerous national and international committees, including Royal College Working Parties and Government advisory bodies and acts as advisor to several research programmes and knowledge transfer initiatives. She is panel member and chair of a number of NIHR/HEFCE Fellowship Committees.

Professor Allan Wailoo
Allan Wailoo is Professor of Health Economics in the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR). He is Director of the NICE Decision Support Unit which provides expert research and training support to the Technology Appraisals Programme at NICE. He has interests in all areas of economic evaluation and the analysis of patient level data to inform cost effectiveness models, particularly around health utilities. He has published applied research in a wide range of disease areas. He is a member of the Department of Health's Policy Research Unit in Economic Evaluation of Health and Care Interventions (EEPRU) based in Sheffield/York and provides advice to the local NHS as part of the Research Design Service for Yorkshire and the Humber. He joined the MTAC in January 2012.

Mr John Wilkinson OBE
John Wilkinson took up the post of Director of Devices at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency on 6 February 2012. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of Eucomed, the European medical technology industry association.

His earlier experience included the role of Director General of the Association of British Healthcare Industries and a number of roles in the medical devices industry, both in the UK and the USA, with Becton Dickinson and the BOC Group. These were followed by a period as Chief Executive of an early stage medical imaging company.

John holds a first degree in Zoology from the University of Aberdeen and an MBA from the University of Warwick. He was awarded an OBE for services to the medical devices industry in the 2010 new year's honours list.

Dr Janelle Yorke
Janelle is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Salford. From a clinical background in cardiothoracic nursing and a position of Nurse Consultant for Cardiopulmonary Transplantation (Sydney, Australia), Janelle moved into academic teaching and research in 2004. In 2004, she began teaching in MSc courses at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Trust and was honorary lecturer at Imperial College London. Since 2006 she has been a lecturer and researcher at University of Salford and leads the research programme for Supporting People with Long Term Conditions. She has special research interests in respiratory disease and the assessment and management of intractable breathlessness; the subject of her PhD. Janelle also completed her Masters of Research and Post Graduate Diploma (Cardiothoracic Nursing) in Australia. She is principle investigator for a number of funded projects. She was formally the Editor of the Transplant Nurses Journal and is a reviewer for a number of other journals. Recent publications include multi-dimensional assessment of breathlessness, psychological aspects of transplantation, and a number of Cochrane systematic reviews relating to psychological interventions and family therapy for people with asthma. Janelle has presented her research work internationally and has won numerous awards. She is currently Chair of the Royal College of Nursing North West Research Society.

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