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Matthias Beck

Matthias Beck

Professor of Management, Cork University Business School, Department of Management and Marketing, University College Cork

Professor Matthias Beck, PhD (MIT) MArch MUP (Kansas) FRSA is chair in Management at the University College Cork in Ireland. His main research interests are in the areas of Risk, State-Business relationships, and the Political Economy of Management more generally.

He has held lecturing posts in economics and economic history at the University of Glasgow and in economics at the University of St Andrews. He became Professor of Risk Management at Glasgow Caledonian University in 1999, and Professor of Public Sector Management at the University of York in 2005; before joining Queen’s University Belfast in 2011.

Matthias completed a study into the role and effectiveness of public-private partnerships (NHS LIFT) in the development of enhanced primary care premises and services for the NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation (NIHR SDO) programme in 2010. He became a lead reviewer for NIHR SDO in the same year and an editor for the NIHR Journals Library later on.

Tessa Crilly

Tessa Crilly

Director, Crystal Blue Consulting Ltd.

Tessa was a senior NHS manager for nearly ten years, starting out as a workforce planner in South West Thames Regional Health Authority before moving to the capital and strategic planning, and then heading up the business planning and contracting function at Kingston Hospital, a first wave NHS Trust in the 1991 quasi-market reforms. She established Crystal Blue Consulting in 1999, specialising in service evaluation, population needs modelling, resource allocation, cost benefit analysis and workforce planning.  She has worked with a wide client base on more than two hundred projects in the UK, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, often in collaboration with consultancy and academic groups.  

Tessa graduated from LSE with a BSc Econ and later obtained a PhD in the field of economics and health policy, selected for early digitisation as part of the LSE Historic Theses series.  (She has also obtained a BA in German Language and Literature at Birkbeck College and MA Distinction in Psychology of Religion at Heythrop College, London).  She has been involved with the NHS R&D programme since 2006, engaged in commissioning, academic review and editorial roles.  Tessa’s aim is to span the gap between research and service delivery, mixing field experience with quantitative analysis and qualitative research methods.

Eugenia Cronin

Eugenia Cronin

Senior Scientific Advisor, Wessex Institute, UK

Eugenia is a consultant in public health and former director of public health in London. She studied health sciences at Curtin University in Western Australia, and went on to do a master’s degree in public health at St Georges Hospital Medical School in London, followed by a PhD in health services research at the Institute of Psychiatry, on the topic of primary care mental health.

She is a visiting international fellow to the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, adjunct researcher to Curtin University, and Associate with the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham.

Her current portfolio of work includes producing evidence reviews, service reviews and population needs assessments for NHS and local government organisations, as well as supporting organisational and leadership development in the public health professional community.

In addition, Eugenia works with the UK Faculty of Public Health as regional advisor for continuing professional development.

Eugenia has worked with NIHR since 2010 when she became senior scientific advisor to the Health Services Research Board. She currently fulfils similar roles for the Wessex Institute which entail application review, progress monitoring, and strategic support to national research programmes.

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Peter Davidson

Consultant Advisor, Wessex Institute, University of Southampton, UK

Peter was director of the NIHR Dissemination Centre until 2018 and an honorary consultant in public health. Previously he also worked in general practice. He has extensive experience of applied health research through senior roles in NIHR, mostly in the Health Technology Assessment programme. He has a particular interest in clinical trials and systematic reviews, and their application to clinical and public health decision-making.

Tara Lamont

Tara Lamont

Deputy Director, NIHR Dissemination Centre
Scientific Adviser to the NIHR HS&DR Programme

Tara graduated from Oxford University and then worked in the NHS monitoring hospital activity, acquiring a masters degree in statistics and social research. She worked with the British Medical Association, running its Board of Science and writing policy reports and then helped to set up the new Health Technology Assessment Programme and its panels. She spent eight years leading national value-for-money studies at the Audit Commission, such as hospital diabetes services. She also worked at the National Patient Safety Agency, setting up a new national function to identify system risks from clinical incidents. As part of this work, she wrote a series of commentaries on clinical risks for the BMJ. 

She helped to set up the new NIHR Dissemination Centre, where she is Deputy Director. This small centre brings together a range of NIHR funded research through different outputs which are service-facing. She also works part-time as a scientific adviser to the NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research programme and has taught on MSc courses at Warwick University for a number of years.

Andree Le May

Andrée Le May

Chair of NIHR Journals Library Editorial Group

Professor Andrée le May qualified as a graduate nurse at Chelsea College, University of London in 1982. After working in the community she was appointed as Specialist Nurse for Research and Development at West Middlesex University Hospital in Isleworth and became interested in how nurses used knowledge in practice. This led to early research on the use of evidence and a move, in 1990, to teaching / research in the Higher Education sector. Since then she has continued to work in this area, researching and publishing on evidence-based practice, the dissemination and implementation of research and the use of communities of practice for improving learning.

She has particular expertise in the care of older people and a specialist interest in the importance of dignity and compassion in nursing care. Her research skills centre on qualitative research methods and designs. In addition to a PhD she also holds a PGCE(A) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. She is now Professor Emerita of Nursing at the University of Southampton: in retirement she continues to supervise doctoral students, undertake service development in the NHS and write textbooks for undergraduate nurses.

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Dr Catriona McDaid

Senior Research Fellow, Dept. of Health Sciences, University of York

Catriona graduated in Psychology from Queen’s University Belfast in 1988, followed by a PhD in Psychology and then an MSc in Science Communication. Prior to joining the University of York in 2002 she worked as a researcher in the voluntary sector and for a non-departmental public body.

She worked for over 10 years at the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination as part of the health technology assessment group undertaking systematic reviews across a range of topics. She is currently a member of the senior management team at York Trials Unit where she leads a programme of work on surgical trials, with a particular interest in orthopaedics. She also teaches on the post-graduate health sciences programme at the University of York.

She is a member of the Research Design Service-Yorkshire & Humber team and a member of a NICE Clinical Guidelines Update Committee.

William McGuire

William McGuire

Professor of Child Health, Hull York Medical School, University of York, UK.

William (Bill) McGuire graduated in medicine from Glasgow University, then trained and worked as a paediatrician in the UK, The Gambia, and Australia before specialising in neonatal medicine. He was appointed as Foundation Chair of Child Health at HYMS in 2008 and works between York Teaching Hospital as a consultant paediatrician and the NIHR Centre for Reviews and Dissemination as a clinical researcher. He is Director of the Yorkshire & Humber Health Innovation & Education Cluster for maternal and infant health, a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health Council and Academic Board, and the Regional and Feedback Editor, Cochrane Neonatal Review Group.

His research focuses on the use of systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials to assess of the impact of nutritional and infection control strategies on important clinical outcomes for sick or preterm infants and their families.

Geoffrey Meads

Professor of Health Sciences Research, Health and Wellbeing Research Group, University of Winchester.

A probation officer by training, and former senior civil servant, Geoffrey Meads was educated at Bishopshalt School, Hillingdon and St Catherine’s College, Oxford. He is now Professor of Health Sciences Research at the University of Winchester. Since 2001 he has directed a series of global studies, principally funded by the UK Department of Health and Health Foundation, involving over 40 national sites.

Widely published, his 2006 book ‘Primary care in the 21st century: an international perspective’ won the European Health Management Association’s Baxter Prize. Geoffrey is a former NHS health authority chief executive and regional director of primary care and performance management. He was the lead author of the 2009 European Forum for Primary Care’s position paper on ‘The organisation of primary care in Europe’. His most recent research projects have covered developments in lifelong learning, integrated care, the capacity of higher education in health services research, and international health care models. From 2010 to 2013 Geoffrey was the Senior Scientific Advisor to the national Service Delivery and Organisation research programme in England and Wales. He is married with three adult children, a smallholder, and has over 100 articles and books to his name.

John Norrie

John Norrie

Chair in Medical Statistics, University of Edinburgh, UK

John Norrie graduated from Kings College London in Mathematics in 1985. After 3 years research at University College London, he took a Masters in Statistics at the London School of Economics in 1989.

He worked at the Robertson Centre for Biostatistics at Glasgow University from 1990-2003 as a medical statistician, the last 4 years as Assistant Director, before moving in September 2003 to the Health Services Research Unit to be the inaugral Director of the Centre for Healthcare Randomised Trials (CHaRT). He moved back to the Robertson Centre as Professor and Director of Biostatistics from 2008-2011, before returning to CHaRT as Professor and Director in September 2011. In October 2016 he takes up the Chair of Medical Statistics at Edinburgh University and becomes the Director of the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit.

In May 2015 he was elected a Fellow of the Society for Clinical Trials. He has served on a number of funding boards as an expert clinical trialist and methodologist, and contributes to as an independent member and Chair of numerous trial TSC and iDMC.

He regularly statistically reviews articles from leading medical journals. His research interests generally involve the application of statistical methods to the design, conduct (e.g. sequential monitoring), analysis (e.g. risk modelling) and reporting of randomised clinical trials.

John Powell

Consultant Clinical Adviser, NICE, UK and Honorary Professor, University of Manchester, and Senior Clinical Researcher and Associate Professor, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, UK.

Professor John Powell is an academic public health physician and health services researcher with a particular interest in ehealth and connected health: investigating how information and communication technology can be used to improve health and health services. He also undertakes research in the area of knowledge management and decision-making.

Prior to joining the University of Oxford and NICE, he was Professor of Public Health Medicine at the University of Warwick, and previously a Senior Fellow in Health Technology Assessment at the University of Southampton. He has degrees in Social and Political Sciences and Clinical Medicine from the University of Cambridge. He trained in Psychiatry and in Public Health Medicine in Oxford. He has an MSc and a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

James Raftery

Professor of Health Technology Assessment, Wessex Institute, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, UK

James is Professor of Health Technology Assessment at the University of Southampton and chair of the NIHR Evaluation Trials and Studies Cooodinating Centre (NETSCC). For 2010 he was Acting NETSCC Director for the NIHR’s SDO, HSR and PHR programmes. He has led several research projects including the impact of the HTA programme, incentives for clinicians to join trials and the development of metadata on the performance, conduct and results of clinical trials.

James has a BA in Economics and Philosophy from Southampton University and an MA in Economics of Education and Science from University College Dublin. He was awarded his PhD from the London School of Economics in 1993.

He is an active health economist heading a small group providing health economics input mainly to clinical trials. Research themes include the costs and benefits of clinical trials, overdiagnosis/overtreatment and the political economy of healthcare. He has written widely on health economic matters particularly relating to NICE, including a NICE blog on the BMJ website.

Rob Riemsma

Reviews Manager, Kleijnen Systematic Reviews Ltd.

Rob completed his MSc in Public Administration in 1988 at the University of Twente in the Netherlands and completed his PhD on Arthritis Patient Education there in 1998. He has worked at the Department of Psychology of the University of Twente in health psychology with a particular emphasis on arthritis patient education programmes. Between 1999 and 2005 he worked at the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York, first as a reviewer and later as a Reviews Manager, where he managed technology assessments undertaken on behalf of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

Rob joined Kleijnen Systematic Reviews (KSR) in 2006 as a Reviews Manager. He has worked as a clinical effectiveness reviewer and has undertaken and managed systematic reviews on many topics including: cancer, chronic pain, diabetes, psychological interventions and general health status measures. At KSR Rob coordinates reviews of the clinical and cost effectiveness of health care interventions for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment Programme on behalf of a range of policy makers, including NICE.

His research interests are in the use of systematic reviewing methods within health technology assessments, to support decision making. He has an interest in the issues around the systematic reviewing of educational interventions.

Rob has been a member of the HTA Editorial Board since 2002.

Helen Roberts

Helen Roberts

Professor of Child Health Research, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Palliative Care and Paediatrics Unit, Population Policy and Practice Programme, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, London, UK

Helen Roberts studied sociology and anthropology in Reading, Aix-Marseille and Sussex. She was lucky enough to spend two years in the Social Statistics Research Unit then at City University London, under the directorship of John Fox. She has been a career academic since graduation, apart from 10 years leading R&D in Barnardo’s where she and her team established the ‘What Works’ series and she learned more about the 'D' aspects of R&D. 

From 2004-2013 she was on the board of NICE and from 2010-2013, on the NIHR public health funding board. She has recently joined an NIHR RFPB funding panel.

Her research interests are inequalities in child health and what can be done about them and research synthesis. She has worked on trials and systematic reviews, usually using qualitative methods. Her most recent books are 'What Works in Reducing Inequalities in Health' in 2012 and 'Systematic Reviewing in the Social Sciences: a Practical Guide', co-authored with Mark Petticrew.

She is an honorary fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, and a former Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford.

Jonathan Ross

Jonathan Ross

Professor of Sexual Health and HIV, University Hospital Birmingham

Jonathan Ross qualified from Aberdeen University in 1986 and obtained his MD in 1995. He is dually accredited in general medicine and genitourinary medicine and has worked as a consultant physician in Birmingham since 1997.

He an associate editor of the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections, a member of the editorial board for European Sexually Transmitted Diseases Guidelines and sits on the NIHR Primary Care Health Technology Assessment Panel. In addition, he is the CRN speciality lead for sexual health, and Treasurer for the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV.

He is lead author for the UK and European Guidelines on Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Cochrane Collaboration Sexually Transmitted Diseases Collaborative Review Group and International Journal of STD and AIDS journal. He remains an active clinician and his research interests are in pelvic infection, gonorrhoea, Mycoplasma genitalium, HIV, and sexual health care service delivery.

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Helen Snooks

Professor of Health Services Research, Institute of Life Science 2, College of Medicine, Swansea University, UK

Helen Snooks is currently Professor of Health Services Research in Swansea University’s Medical School. She leads the Patient and Population Health and Informatics theme within the School and is Interim Director of the UKCRC registered Swansea Trials Unit. Helen is an elected member of the Health Services Research UK Board.

Helen graduated in 1981 from the University of Surrey with a BSc (Hons) Economics, Sociology, Statistics and completed her PhD in Health Services Research ‘Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in seriously injured accident victims’ at the University of Sheffield in 2000.

Helen’s main research interests and expertise lie in the fields of Emergency Pre-hospital and Unscheduled Care, Clinical Audit and Effectiveness, and research support. In these areas, the focus of her work is to plan, design and carry out evaluations of health technologies and new models of service delivery which often involve changing roles and working across boundaries between service providers. Her work is strongly patient-focused and collaborative, and uses mixed methods to achieve study aims.

Ken Stein

Ken Stein

Chair of HTA Editorial Board
Professor of Public Health, University of Exeter Medical School, UK

Ken graduated in medicine from Bristol University, then trained and worked as a general practitioner in Australia and Hampshire before specialising in public health medicine in Southampton. In 1999 he moved to Exeter as Consultant in Public Health Medicine at North and East Devon Health Authority, then Director of Public Health for Mid Devon Primary Care Trust. Ken combined this NHS work with academic work at the University of Exeter as founding Director of Evidence Synthesis & Modelling for Health Improvement (ESMI) (up to 2014 known as the Peninsula Technology Assessment Group, PenTAG), and became a full time academic public health physician at the University of Exeter in 2003. He was appointed to a Chair in Public Health in 2007 and is now also Deputy Director of the Peninsula Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (PenCLAHRC) where his responsibilities include identification and prioritisation of the collaboration’s work programme and delivery of a wide range of health services research projects.

His research interests include development of policy on the use of health technologies, quality of life estimates in health technology assessment, and decision analytic modelling to support planning and management in the NHS.

Jim Thornton

Jim Thornton

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, UK

Jim Thornton qualified from Leeds University in 1977. He worked for four years 1979 – 1983 as general duty medical officer at Chogoria Presbyterian Church of East Africa mission hospital in Kenya, before returning to UK to train in obstetrics and gynaecology in Leeds, Bradford and Cardiff.  He was Reader in Leeds until 2001 when he took up his present post as Professor at Nottingham University.  He was previously Deputy Director and later Director of Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit.  Currently he is also Head of Service for obstetrics, gynaecology and neonatology, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

He has in the past been editor in Chief of the Eur J of OBGYN and of Br J OBGYN and a member of the MRC HSR trials board, East Midland RfPB research board and most recently NIHR HTA trials board.  Currently he is chairman of the Swedish Research Council Clinical Therapy Research Board.

His personal research in clinical trials, includes the Growth Restriction Intervention Trial (GRIT), Nicotine in Pregnancy trial (SNAP), Pregnancy Intervention Trials in Cholestasis (PITCH and PITCHES), and Induction of labour for women aged over 35 (35-39 trial). He stood for Parliament (Conservative Party) in Nottingham East in 2005, and lost by a mile!

Martin Underwood

Martin Underwood

Warwick Clinical Trials Unit, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, UK

Professor Underwood qualified in medicine from Manchester in 1978. He trained as a GP in Carlisle and obtained MRCGP in 1982. He subsequently worked as a GP in Lusaka and Manchester. He obtained an MSc in 1994 and an MD in 1996. He worked at Queen Mary University of London, and as a GP in Tower Hamlets from 1996 to 2007 when he moved to University of Warwick as Professor of Primary Care Research. He has had periods as Vice Dean, Director of Division of Health Sciences and was Director of Warwick CTU between 2013 and 2017.

He has chaired two Guideline Development Groups for NICE (Persistent Low Back Pain and Headaches). He currently Chairs the NICE Accreditation Advisory Committee. He has served on grant awarding bodies for NIHR HTA and Arthritis Research UK.

His research Interests are largely focused on the community management of chronic painful disorders.

Tom Walley

Tom Walley

Director, NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies
Editor-in-Chief, NIHR Journals Library

Professor Tom Walley qualified in medicine at University College Dublin in 1980. Subsequently he held a variety of junior hospital doctor and academic posts before becoming senior lecturer in clinical pharmacology in the University of Liverpool and consultant physician in the Royal Liverpool University Hospital in 1991. He was appointed Professor of Clinical Pharmacology in 1994. He is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London and of Ireland, and of the British Pharmacological Society.

Tom was Director of the HTA programme from January 2004 to January 2016. He also has responsibility for other NIHR programmes including the Service Delivery and Organisation programme, the Public Health Research programme, the Health Services Research programme, Reviews Infrastructure, and the MRC funded Efficacy and Mechanisms Evaluations programme.

He formerly headed a research group at Liverpool University, focusing on drug prescribing, pharmaceutical policy, and clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness.

In June 2008, he was awarded a CBE by the Queen for his services to medicine.