Find out more about the members of TAC A by reading their biographies.
Dr Jane Adam, MB BS, MRCP, FRCR
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.
Dr Minal Bakhai
Biography coming soon.
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 Justin Daniels
Consultant Paediatrician, North Middlesex University Hospital
Justin is a consultant paediatrician and neonatologist at North Middlesex University Hospital. His clinical interests are paediatric HIV and paediatric dermatology. He is also the clinical lead for paediatrics. He is an honorary senior lecturer at University College and teaches both undergraduates and postgraduates. He is the designated doctor for child deaths for the London Borough of Enfield.
Dr Steven J. Edwards
Head of Health Technology Assessment, BMJ Technology Assessment Group (BMJ-TAG)
Steve leads one of the health technology assessment groups, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), to conduct independent research to support health policy decision making.
Since 1999, Steve has been involved in exploring methods for evidence synthesis and health economic evaluation. His primary research interests relate to making best use of the available evidence for decision making, with an emphasis on the appropriate design and conduct of studies, aggregation of clinical data, and their use in economic modelling.
Steve is an Honorary Lecturer in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a member of the Cochrane Pregnancy & Childbirth Group, and the statistics advisor for diagnostic test accuracy systematic reviews for the Cochrane Skin Group. Until April 2018, Steve was a member of the NICE Diagnostics Advisory Group.
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.
David is a Consultant Safety Engineer and Occupational Hygienist. He originally trained as an Electrical Engineer in the design, construction and operation of electricity distribution systems.
He has worked as a lay member for various NHS-related organisations including the Commission for Health Improvement/ Healthcare Commission, Medical Royal Colleges and Societies, Postgraduate Medical Education Board/General Medical Council and NICE (Guideline Development Groups, Diagnostics Advisory Committee). He serves as an examinations invigilator for students with disabilities with the Open University.
David's academic qualifications include:
- MPhil research degree, University of the West of England, thesis ‘The hazards to health and safety to which clinical waste incinerator operators are exposed’
- BA, Open University
Research Fellow, Centre for Health Economics, University of York
Rita is a health economist at the Centre for Health Economics, University of York. Rita has extensive experience in economic evaluation in a wide range of areas including drugs, devices, diagnostic tests and complex interventions in health and social care. Rita’s research interests are in using economic evaluation to inform complex decision problems and non-randomised data.
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 Rachel Hobson
Formulary Pharmacist, NHS Wiltshire CCG
Rachel is currently the Formulary pharmacist at NHS Wiltshire CCG. As part of this role she sits on three local Drugs & Therapeutics committees and helps to maintain three local joint formularies, develops treatment pathways and guidance and educates local prescribers on newly licensed drugs.
Rachel has an MSc in clinical pharmacy from University of Bath as well as a PhD in pharmacy practice from University of Bath. Rachel was formerly a Teacher-Practitioner at University of Bath teaching undergraduate pharmacy students and has worked for the NHS in secondary care for 13 years.
Her main interest is cost-effective & safe use of medicines for the NHS.
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.
John J V McMurray, MD FESC FACC FAHA
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.
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 an experienced nurse and Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist for Paediatric Pain Medicine at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. She has clinical experience in a large variety of paediatric specialities spanning over two decades and has held a number of senior posts within the NHS. Areas of experience include research methodology, systematic reviews and patient safety with a keen focus on medication.
Sarah's qualifications include a masters in pain and advance nursing practice. She also participated in the development of the RCN paediatric pain assessment guidelines. Additional roles outside of the NHS include:
- core member of the RCN children and younger person’s pain group
- honouree lecturer at both Cardiff University and University of the West of England
- specialist adviser for the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Sarah has two sons that keep her work-life balance in order. She enjoys most sports, particularly skiing, and keeps fit doing yoga and swimming. But most importantly, she is enthusiastic supporter of welsh rugby!
Ms Pamela Rees
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.
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.
Dr Mohit Sharma
Consultant in Healthcare, Public Health England
Mohit is currently a Consultant in healthcare with Public Health England, where he advises the NHS from a population perspective. He is also an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Oxford and has worked with the Cochrane Collaboration, and the Department of Health. He has also been a NICE Scholar.
Prior to moving into public health, Mohit worked as a surgeon for a number of years in India and in the NHS.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Nerys Woolacott
Reader Emerita, Centre for Health Economics, University of York
Nerys Woolacott is responsible for a programme of technology assessment reviews undertaken on behalf of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to inform decision makers within the NHS, including NICE.
She has extensive experience in the methodology and conduct of systematic reviews and technology assessments. Over a period of 10 years she has been actively involved in numerous reviews, on a wide range of topics. Examples include A Systematic Review And Economic Model Of The Clinical Effectiveness And Cost Effectiveness Of Interventions For Preventing Relapse In People With Bipolar Disorder and Etanercept, Infliximab and Adalimumab for the treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis.
Nerys Woolacott has a PhD in animal physiology and 20 years' experience in biological research, clinical trials and medical writing. Her research interests include the use of non-RCT and indirect evidence in systematic reviews and technology assessments and the systematic reviewing of adverse effects.
Professor Olivia Wu
Professor of Health Technology Assessment, University of Glasgow
Olivia is the Deputy Director of the Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment Research Group at the University of Glasgow, where she leads the Evidence Synthesis Research Programme.
Originally a pharmacy graduate, she also has an MSc in Clinical Pharmacology and PhD in Public Health and Health Economics. She has extensive expertise in the areas of evidence synthesis, risk prediction modelling and economic evaluation. In addition to her research, Olivia is a member of the Health Service and Population Health Research Committee for the Chief Scientist Office Scotland and an advisor to the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network.