Find out more about the members of TAC C by reading their biographies.

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

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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.

Kamal Balakrishnan

Orthopaedic Practitioner, Croydon Healthcare NHS Trust

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Kamal Balakrishnan qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1996. After qualifying, he undertook a PG Diploma in MSK Physiotherapy. He has specialised in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy over the last 20 years and has 7 years’ experience working as an Extended Scope Physiotherapist in MCATS (Musculoskeletal Clinical Assessment and Triage Service) which is an interface service between the community and acute care. He recently completed an MSc in Health Management in Strategic Management and Leadership from City university, London.

Kamal is currently the Operational and Clinical Lead for the Adult Musculoskeletal services in Croydon Healthcare NHS Trust.

Mike Chambers

Director, MC Healthcare Evaluation

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With degrees in mathematical philosophy (University of Cambridge), demography (LSE) and health economics (University of York), Mike Chambers is currently founder and director of MC Healthcare Evaluation. From 2006 to 2015 he worked for GlaxoSmithKline as Director of Health Economics and latterly as Head of Reimbursement and Value Demonstration.

Previously he worked in the UK NHS (district information officer), at London Hospital Medical College (lecturer in department of epidemiology and medical statistics), MEDTAP International (contract research in economic evaluation) and as head of health economics at Amersham Health/GE Healthcare.

His main research interests have been in the development and application of principles of evidence-based medicine and in the methods and processes of health technology assessment, in particular the use of economic modelling and real world evidence to inform decision-making.

David Chandler

Lay member, PAPAA

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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

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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.

Dr Prithwiraj Das

Senior Health Economist, Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd

Professor Rachel Elliot BPharm MRPharmS PhD

Lord Trent Professor in Medicines and Health, School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham

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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.

Dr Nigel Langford

Consultant Acute Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist

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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 Andrea Manca

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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.

Iain Miller

Founder & CEO, Healthcare Strategies Group (HSG)

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Iain Miller currently serves as Founder & CEO of consultancy Healthcare Strategies Group (HSG). He is a healthcare strategy and commercial development executive with 25 years of medtech & diagnostic experience gained in a variety of settings and geographies. Prior to founding HSG in 2013, Iain served with GE Healthcare as Global Head of Personalized Healthcare Strategy & Partnerships.

Previously, at In-Vitro Diagnostics company Biomerieux, Iain was responsible for oncology strategy and development of the Personalized Medicine Business Unit. Iain has also held commercial roles in two US-based venture-backed genomics companies (Pathogenetix, formerly US Genomics, a single molecule sequencing platform company and Variagenics, a pharmacogenomics CRO) and has served as a technology transfer executive at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Iain is a co-founder and Board Member of the European Personalized Medicine Association and sits on the Med-Tech Advisory Board of the Oxford Bioscience Network.

Professor Eugene Milne B.Med.Sci (hons) MBBS MRCP MSc FFPH

Director for Adult and Older Adult Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England

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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

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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 of occasions. 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

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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.

Professor Andrew Renehan

Professor of Cancer Studies and Surgery

Dr Peter Selby

Consultant Physician, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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