National Institute of Health Research

Our people

New developments in health research funding are transforming the way research in the NHS is organised and carried out. The NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme invites and works with a range of individuals to meet the research needs of the NHS. Their support and input allows us to fund high-quality, evidence-based, value for money research.

The people who work in, work with or use NHS services provide vital input into all stages of the NIHR HTA Programme.

Our director

Hywel WilliamsProfessor Hywel Willliams, is an internationally respected and published Professor of Dermato-Epidemiology and Co-director of the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology at Nottingham University. He was Deputy Director of the HTA Programme and chair of the HTA Commissioning Board 2010 to 2015.

Watch the latest director's message. 



Our boards

The HTA Boards meet three times a year to assess the scientific merit of proposals submitted to both the commissioned and researcher-led workstreams, including themed calls and evidence synthesis proposals, and to make funding recommendations to the HTA Prioritisation Group (PG).

HTA Commissioning Board 

Professor Deborah Ashby, OBE
Deputy Head of the School of Public Health, Co-Director of Imperial Clinical Trials Unit, Chair in Medical Statistics and Clinical Trials, Imperial College, London

Professor Ibrahim Abubakar
University College London 
Professor Zarko Alfirevic
Head of Department for Women's and Children's Health, The Institute of Cancer Research
Ms Dawn Brown
Public board member
Professor Gary Collins University of Oxford 
Professor Richard Grieve London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 
Professor Paul GriffithsProfessor of Radiology, University of Sheffield
Professor Angela Harden
Professor of Community and Family Health, University College London
Professor Catherine HewittDeputy Director, York Trials Unit 
Professor Pat Hoddinott
Chair in Primary Care, University of Stirling
Professor Robert Howard
Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, King's College London, and University College, London; Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Claire Hulme Professor of Health Economics, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds 
Professor Pip Logan Professor of Rehabilitation Research, University of Nottingham 
Professor William McGuire
Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, Hull York Medical School
Professor Irwin Nazareth
Professor of Primary Care & Head of Department, Department of Primary Care & Population Sciences, University College London
Professor Chris Rogers University of Bristol 
Professor Jonathan Ross University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust 
Dr Catrin Tudur-Smith
Reader in Medical Statistics, University of Liverpool
Professor Christopher Williams
Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry, Academic Unit of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Institute of Health and Wellbeing

HTA Clinical Evaluation and Trials Board

Professor Steven Goodacre
Professor and Consultant in Emergency Medicine, University of Sheffield
Deputy Chair
Professor Julia Brown
Director, Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research

Professor Lucy Chappell NIHR Research Professor in Obstetrics, King's College London 
Professor Tim Coleman Professor of Primary Care, University of Nottingham 
Professor Lorraine De SouzaProfessor of Rehabilitation, Brunel University
Professor Sandra EldridgeProfessor of Biostatistics, Queen Mary, University of London
Professor Paul EwingsDirector, NIHR Research Design Service, Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Amanda Farrin Professor of Clinical Trials, Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research, University of Leeds 
Professor David Garway-HeathIGA Professor of Ophthalmology for Glaucoma and Allied Studies, University College London
Professor Alastair HayGP, Reader in Primary Care and NIHR Career Development Fellow, University of Bristol.
Professor William Hollingworth Professor of Health Economics, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol 
Dr Susan Jowett Senior Lecturer, Institute for Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham 
Professor Peter LanghorneProfessor of Stroke Care and Geriatric Medicine, ICAMS, Glasgow Royal Infirmary
Associate Professor Daniel Lasserson Senior Clinical Researcher, Medical Sciences Division, University of Oxford 
Dr Jennifer Logue Clinical Senior Lecturer in Metabolic Medicine, Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow 
Professor Hisham MehannaChair of Head and Neck Surgery, Institute of Head and Neck Studies and Education (InHANSE), University of Birmingham
Professor Alan Montgomery Professor of Medical Statistics and Clinical Trials, University of Nottingham 
Dr Sharon Simpson Professor of Behavioural Sciences and Health, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow 
Professor Stephanie TaylorProfessor in Public Health and Primary Care, Barts and the Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry
Ms Gail Thornton Public board member 
Professor Douglas Tincello Professor of Urogynaecology, Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester 
Professor Luke ValeHealth Foundation Chair in Health Economics, Deputy Director, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University
Professor Edwin Van Teijlingen Professor of Reproductive Health Research, Bournemouth University 
Professor Stephen Walters
Professor of Medical Statistics and Clinical Trials, University of Sheffield
Professor Scott Weich Professor of Psychiatry, University of Warwick 
Mrs Catherine White Public board member 

HTA General Board

Professor Andrew Farmer
Professor of General Practice, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford
Deputy Chair
Professor John Norrie
Chair of Medical Statistics and Trial Methodology, Director of Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) University of Edinburgh
Mr Peter Barker
Public board member
Mrs Isobel Boyer
Public board member
Professor Julie Brittenden
Professor of Vascular Surgery, Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow
Professor Mike Clarke
Professor/Director of MRC Methodology Hub, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast
Professor Matt Costa
Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology, and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford
Dr Fay CrawfordSenior Research Advisor, Research and Development, NHS Fife
Professor Rumona Dickson Professor of Health Services Research, Institute Psychology, Health and Society, University of Liverpool
Dr Jon Dorling Clinical Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, The University of Nottingham
Professor Kerry Hood Director of the Centre for Trials Research, College of Biomedical & Life Sciences, Cardiff University 
Professor Nick James Director of the Cancer Research Centre, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick
Associate Professor Ed Juszczak
Director, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit Clinical Trials Unit, University of Oxford 
Professor Steff Lewis 
Personal Chair in Medical Statistics,  University of Edinburgh
Professor Danny McAuley Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, Centre for Infection and Immunity, Queen's University Belfast
Professor James N’Dow
Chair in Surgery, Academic Urology Unit, University of Aberdeen
Professor Rumana Omar Professor of Medical Statistics, Department of Statistical Science, University College London 
Professor Rupert Pearse
Professor and Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, Queen Marys University of London
Dr Matthew Ridd 
Consultant Senior Lecturer in Primary Health Care, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol
Professor Christine Roffe Consultant in Stroke Medicine, Keele University 
Professor Tracey Sach Professor of Health Economics, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia
Dr Marc Serfaty Reader in Psychiatry, Faculty of Brain Sciences, University College London 
Dr Sarah Stock Senior Clinical Lecturer in Maternal and Fetal Health, MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Edinburgh
Dr Andrew Sutton Associate Professor in Decision Analytic Modelling, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds 
Professor Rod Taylor Professor of Health Services Research, University of Exeter Medical School, University of Exeter 
Dr Sara Twaddle Director of Evidence, Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Professor Olivia Wu Professor in Health Technology Assessments, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow 

Our panels

The HTA Programme is supported by five advisory panels and one prioritisation group focused on prioritising potential research topics for the commissioned research workstream and applications received from researchers for the researcher-led (CET workstream) funding stream.

Elective and Emergency Specialist Care Panel (EESC)

Remit: this panel focuses on interventions delivered in hospital or managed in the community by hospital specialists. This includes all clinical therapies (including those delivered by paramedical staff), rehabilitation and relevant devices.

Dr Yoon Loke
Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology, University of East Anglia

Dr Caroline Alexander
Clinical Specialist and Research Physiotherapist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Miss Alison AllamPublic Contributor
Dr Kathy Bamford Consultant Medical Microbiologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust 
Dr Daniele Bryden Consultant in Critical Care Medicine & Anaesthesia, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Pratima Chowdary Consultant Haematologist, Royal Free Hospital  
Dr Emma Clark
Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology, University of Bristol
Dr Jane Cross
Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Physiotherapy, University of East Anglia
Dr Anthony De Soyza Senior Lecturer / Honorary Consultant, Newcastle University 
Dr Francis Fatoye Reader in Physiotherapy, Manchester Metropolitan University
Professor Margot Gosney Consultant in Elderly Care Medicine, Royal Berkshire Hospital
Dr Bernard Gudgin 
Public Contributor 
Dr Jurjees Hasan Consultant in Medical Oncology, The Christie Hospital 
Mrs Debbie Keatley Public Contributor 
Dr Harpreet Kohli Director of Public Health and Health Policy, NHS Lanarkshire  
Dr James Larcombe  General Practitioner (Principal/Partner), Skerne Medical Practice, County Durham  
Professor Fiona Lecky Professor and NHS Consultant, University of Sheffield 
Dr Mark Loveland General Practitioner (Locum) 
Dr Adam Mackridge Practising Locum Pharmacist and Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy Practice, Liverpool John Moores University
Mr David Meads Lecturer in Health Economics, University of Leeds
Dr Clare Louise Sandell
Orthopaedic Nurse Specialist, St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight
Mrs Joan Sargent
Public Contributor 
Mr Paul Skaife
Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon, University Hospital Aintree
Dr Peter Watkinson
Consultant intensive Care Physician, University of Oxford

Interventional Procedures Panel (IP)

Remit: this panel considers interventions involving surgery, interventional radiology, and radiotherapy. It also consider research questions where these interventional procedures are compared against others e.g. drugs.

Professor Andrew Bradbury
Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust , Birmingham

Dr Mohamed Abdel-FattahConsultant Urogynaecologist, University of Aberdeen
Dr Owen Boyd Consultant in Intensive Care Anaesthesia, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals 
Professor Usha Chakravarthy
Professor of Opthalmology, The Queen's University of Belfast Trust
Dr Julie Cox
Consultant Radiologist, City Hospitals Sunderland
Professor Jeremy Fairbank
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and University of Oxford
Professor Mark Gabbay Professor of General Practice, Head of Department of Health Services Research, University of Liverpool 
Mrs Moira Heath
Public Contributor
Dr Steve Holmes
General Practitioner, The Park Medical Centre, Shepton Mallet
Professor Peter Hutchinson Professor of Neurosurgery and Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon – University of Cambridge/Addenbrooke’s Hospital 
Mr Stephen Large
Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Papworth Hospital, Cambridgeshire
Professor Peter McCulloch
Professor of Surgical Science and Practice, University of Oxford
Professor Vinidh Paleri
Consultant Head & Neck and Thyroid Surgeon, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Ms Mary Ray Public Contributor 
Dr Elved Roberts
Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Glenfield Hospital, University Hospitals of Leicester
Professor Rob Sayers Professor of Vascular Surgery, Leicester Royal Infirmary 
Mr Sami Shimi
Consultant Surgeon, University of Dundee
Mr Stephen Thomas Public Contributor 
Mr Andrew Thorpe
Consultant Urologist, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Phil White Professor of Interventional and Diagnostic Neuroradiology, Newcastle University 

Maternal, Neonatal & Child Health Panel (MNCH)

Remit: this panel focuses on interventions in the fields of obstetrics, paediatrics, neonatal and specific maternal mental health issues. 

Professor Peter Brocklehurst
Professor of Women's Health, Director of the Institue of Women's Health, University College London


Professor Allan Colver
Professor of Community Child Health, Newcastle University
Professor Sir Alan Craft
Professor and Consultant Paediatrician
Mrs Sarah CranePublic Contributor 
Dr Paul CrouchmanGP, Cheltenham
Dr Jon DorlingConsultant Neonatologist & Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Dr Rebecca Harmston Public Contributor  
Professor Richard Holt Professor in Diabetes and Endocrinology, University of Southampton 
Dr Sara Kenyon
Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham
Dr Niina Kolehmainen
Senior Research Fellow / Honorary Consultant Allied Health Professional
Prof Monica Lakhanpaul
Consultant Community Paediatrician, UCL Institute of Child Health
Dr Pam Loughna
Senior Lecturer/Consultant Obstetrician, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Ms Jennifer McAnuff
Occupational Therapist & NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow, Leeds Community Health NHS Trust
Dr Julie Mytton
Associate Professor in Child Health, University of the West of England, Bristol
Professor Jane NormanProfessor of Maternal and Fetal Health, Edinburgh University
Ms Sally Pastellas
Senior Commissioning Manager Children and Maternity Commissioning
Dr Maggie Redshaw
Senior Research Fellow, Social Scientist
Mrs Lucia Rocca-Ihenacho Consultant Midwife for Public Health, St George's NHS Trust 
Dr Lyvonne TumeNurse, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool
Dr Ann Van den Bruel
Senior Clinical Research Fellow, University of Oxford
Mr Nic Vine 
Public Contributor
Dr Martin Ward-Platt
Consultant Paediatrician (neonatal medicine) / Honorary Clinical Reader in Neonatal and Paediatric Medicine / Clinical Director, Regional Maternity Survey office (Public Health England)

Mental, Psychological & Occupational Health Panel (MPOH)

Remit: this panel focuses on therapies relating to mental health and psychological disorders at all ages including diagnosis of mental illness or cognitive deficits and learning difficulty, as well as therapies used in any aspect of occupational health.

Dr Howard Ring
Consultant & University Lecturer in Psychiatry, University of Cambridge

Professor Sube BanerjeeProfessor of Dementia and Associate Dean, Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Dr Chris Burton Senior Lecturer in Primary Care, University of Aberdeen 
Dr David Christmas Consultant in Liaison Psychiatry, Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Moira ConnollyConsultant in Psychiatry, Gartnavel Royal Hospital, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde 
Dr Rob Cook
Clinical Programmes Director, Bazian Ltd
Professor Diane Cox
Professor of Occupational Therapy, University of Cumbria
Dr Bernadka DubicikaHonorary Reader and Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, University of Manchester
Dr Trevor Friedman
Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist, Leicestershire Partnership Trust
Mr Clive HodgeonPublic and Patient Involvement
Dr Ira MadanConsultant and Honorary Reader in Occupational Medicine, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London
Dr David Ndegwa
Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Ian NormanProfessor of Nursing and Interdisciplinary Care, Kings College London
Professor Stephen Priebe Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry, Queen Mary, University of London and Director of WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Services Development
Dr Greta Rait
Reader in Primary Care, University College London, and General Practitioner
Dr Richard ReadingConsultant Community Paediatrician, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
Professor John Rose Director of Forensic Clinical Psychiatry, University of Birmingham 
Mr Richard Tomlin Public and Patient Involvement 
Dr Tim Williams
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Dr Nat Wright Clinical Research Director, Transform Research Alliance, Spectrum Community Healthcare CIC and Visiting Associate Professor, University of Leeds 
Dr Arnold Zermansky
Portfolio GP and Senior Research Fellow, University of Leeds

Primary Care, Community and Preventive Interventions Panel (PCCPI)

Remit: this panel (PCCPI) focuses on interventions delivered in primary care or the community, including community nursing, community rehabilitation, relevant devices and palliative care. The panel also focuses on disease prevention interventions including NHS public health, health promotion and vaccinations.

Professor Clare Wilkinson
GP, Professor of General Practice and Director of Research, North Wales Clinical School, Bangor University

Dr Claire BallingerDeputy Director NIHR Research Design Service South Central Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton
Dr Elizabeth CottrellNIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in GP Specialty Training, Keele University
Professor Peter Crome Honorary Professor of UCL, University College London 
Professor David Fitzmaurice GP, Professor of Primary Care Research, University of Birmingham 
Dr Tess Harris Reader in Primary Care, GP, St George’s, University of London 
Professor Rowan Harwood
Professor of Geriatric Medicine / Geriatrician, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Dr Melvyn Jones
GP & Senior Lecturer, University College London
Miss Emily Lam Public Contributor 
Mr David Liggins Public Contributor 
Dr Kamal MahtaniGP & NIHR Clinical Lecturer, University of Oxford
Dr Marlise PoolmanClinical Senior Lecturer in Palliative Medicine, North Wales Clinical School, Bangor University
Professor Jonathan Ross
Professor of Sexual Health and HIV, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Mike Thomas GP, Professor of Primary care Research, University of Southampton 
Dr Victoria Tzortziou Brown GP, Clinical Lecturer, Queen Mary, University of London 
Ms Shazma Waqas Public Contributor 
Dr Geoff Wong Senior Lecturer in Primary Care, Queen Mary, University of London 

Prioritisation Group

Research priorities decided by the Topic Identification, Development and Evaluation (TIDE) panels are ultimately agreed by the Prioritisation Group (PG); which ensures appropriate balance, value for money, and quality. The group is also responsible for ratifying and ranking proposals recommended by the programme’s funding boards for submission to the Department of Health for final decision and approval.

Professor Hywel Williams
Director of HTA Programme, NIHR

Deputy Chairs
Professor Deborah Ashby
Deputy Head of the School of Public Health, Co-Director of Imperial Clinical Trials Unit, Chair in Medical Statistics and Clinical Trials, Imperial College London

Professor Andrew BradburySampson Gamgee Professor of Vascular Surgery and Director of Quality Assurance and Enhancement, University of Birmingham
Professor Peter Brocklehurst Professor of Women’s Health, Director, Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit, University of Birmingham 
Professor Steve Goodacre Professor and Consultant in Emergency Medicine, University of Sheffield 
Dr Edmund Jessop Specialised Commissioning Team, NHS England 
Professor Yoon Loke Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology, School of Medicine, Health Policy & Practice, University of East Anglia 
Dr Howard Ring Consultant and University Lecturer in Psychiatry, University of Cambridge 
Professor Clare Wilkinson
Professor of General Practice & Director of Research, Department of Primary care and Public Health, Bangor University


To assure the scientific quality of its research, the HTA Programme relies upon the help of external reviewers to review:

  • the research and commissioning briefs it produces
  • the research proposals it receives
  • the final reports of research findings

External reviewers play a vital part in maintaining and improving the quality of HTA Programme research and are sought from a variety of fields, including clinical, methodological and those who use NHS services.

View a list of 2015 HTA reviewers


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