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.

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Our board members

HTA Commissioning Board

The HTA Commissioning Board meets three times a year to assess proposals received in response to advertised research topics. The Board considers the scientific merit of the proposals received, before making funding recommendations to the HTA Prioritisation Group.

Programme Director
Professor Hywel Williams
Director of HTA Programme, NIHR

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

Deputy Chair
Professor Jon Deeks
Professor of Bio-Statistics, Department of Public Health & Epidemiology, University of Birmingham


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 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 
Mr Ed Juszczak
Director, NPEU Clinical Trials Unit, University of Oxford
Professor Pip Logan Professor of Rehabilitation Research, University of Nottingham 
Dr Joanne Lord
Reader in Health Economics, Brunel University
Professor Danny McAuley
Professor and Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, Queen’s University of Belfast
Professor William McGuire
Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, Hull York Medical School
Professor Dion Morton
Professor of Surgery, School of Cancer Sciences
Professor Irwin Nazareth
Professor of Primary Care & Head of Department, Department of Primary Care & Population Sciences, University College London
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

The HTA Clinical Evaluation and Trials Board meets three times a year to consider research proposals submitted through the HTA Clinical Evaluation and Trials (previously Clinical Trials) researcher-led workstream.

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

Mr John ChapmanPublic board member
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 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 Simon Heller
Professor of Clinical Diabetes, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust
Professor Peter HoskinConsultant Clinical Oncologist, East and North Herts NHS Trust
Professor Peter LanghorneProfessor of Stroke Care and Geriatric Medicine, ICAMS, Glasgow Royal Infirmary
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 
Professor Michael SharpeProfessor of Psychological Medicine, University of Oxford
Professor Stephanie TaylorProfessor in Public Health and Primary Care, Barts and the Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry
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 Efficient Study Designs Board

Professor Jon Deeks

Professor of Biostatistics, University of Birmingham

Deputy Chair
Professor Steven Goodacre
Professor and Consultant in Emergency Medicine, University of Sheffield 

Mr Peter BarkerPublic board member
Professor Andrew BradburyProfessor of Vascular Surgery, University of Birmingham
Professor Peter BrocklehurstProfessor of Women's Health, UCL Institute for Women's Health
Professor Vivien Coates Professor of Nursing Research, University of Ulster 
Associate Professor Jonathan CookUniversity Lecturer and Fellow of St Hugh's College, University of Oxford
Dr Peter DavidsonNETSCC Scientific Advisor 
Professor Brendan DelaneyChair of Primary Care Research, King's College London
Dr Jon DorlingAssociate Professor & Consultant Neonatologist, University of Nottingham
Simon GilbodyDirector of the Mental Health and Addictions Research Group, University of York
Mrs Rosie GlazebrookPublic board member
Professor  Irene HigginsonHead of Department, head of Division and Director of Cicely Saunders Institute, King's College London 
Professor Julia Hippisley-CoxProfessor of Clinical Epidemiology and General Practice, University of Nottingham
Professor Allan HouseProfessor of Liaison Psychiatry, University of Leeds
Professor Richard KaplanHonorary Consultant, Medical Oncology, MRC Clinical Trials Unit, University College London
Dr Steff Lewis
Reader in Medical Statistics. Lead statistician, Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit, The University of Edinburgh
Professor James MasonProfessor of Health Economics, Durham University
Professor Danny McAuley Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, Queen's University Belfast
Rupert Payne NIHR Clinical Lecturer in General Practice,  University of Cambridge
Dr John Pounsford Consultant Geriatrician, North Bristol NHS Trust 
Dr Greta RaitClinical Senior Lecturer, University College London
Dr Tracey SachSenior Lecturer in Health Economics, Norwich Medical School
Professor Ann Marie SwartProfessor of Medicine and Epidemiology, University of East Anglia
Professor Rod TaylorProfessor in Health Service Research, Exeter Medical School
Professor Lucy Yardley Professor of Health Psychology, University of Southampton
Ms Ly-Mee Yu Deputy Director Academic and Lead Trial Statistician (Primary Care Clinical Trials Unit), University of Oxford

HTA Themed Call - core board members

Mr Peter BarkerPublic board member
Professor Amanda FarrinProfessor of Clinical Trials and Evaluation of Complex Interventions, Clinical Trials Research Unit, University of Leeds
Mrs Rosie GlazebrookPublic board member
Professor James Mason
Professor of Health Economics, Durham University
Dr Tracey SachSenior Lecturer in Health Economics, Norwich Medical School
Professor Rod TaylorPeninsula Medical School, Exeter University

HTA Evidence Synthesis Board

Professor Hywel Williams
Director of Centre of Evidence-Based Dermatology, Centre of Evidence-Based Dermatology, University of Nottingham
Deputy Chair
Professor Simon Gilbody
Professor in Health Services Research, Department of Health Sciences, University of York
Professor Zarko Alfirevic
Professor of Fetal and Maternal Medicine, Centre for Women’s Health Research, University of Liverpool
Professor Mike Clarke
Professor of Trial Methodology, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Queen’s University of Belfast
Professor Rumona DicksonDirector, Liverpool Reviews and Implementation Group, University of Liverpool
Professor Dyfrig Hughes
Professor of Pharmacoeconomics, Centre for Health Economics & Medicines Evaluation, Bangor University
Professor Ken SteinProfessor of Public Health/Director, Medical School, University of Exeter
Professor Olivia WuProfessor in Health Technology Assessment, University of Glasgow

Our panel members

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, University Hospital North Durham
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
Dr Ashish Paul
Consultant in Public Health, Wandsworth Borough Council
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 
Dr Nihal Shah
Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, Middlesex
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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