Meet the Team

Professor David Jayne – Clinical Director

Professor David Jayne – Clinical Director

David Jayne is Clinical Director for the Surgical MedTech Co-operative. He is Professor of Surgery at the University of Leeds and Honorary Consultant Surgeon at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He is a NIHR Research Professor and brings expertise in the identification of unmet needs related to colorectal disease, the development of surgical technologies through interdisciplinary working, and clinical translation through early and late phase clinical trials.

His clinical interests include minimally invasive and robotic colorectal surgery. His research interests include the development, application, and evaluation of new technologies for surgical application. In 2012 he was awarded an NIHR Research Professorship to promote the translation of novel technologies into clinical practice for patient benefit. He is CI on several NIHR portfolio clinical trials:

  • NIHR HTA FIAT (anal fistula plug v surgeon’s preference)
  • NIHR EME ROLARR (robotic v laparoscopic surgery for rectal cancer)
  • NIHR EME GliSten (next generation fluorescent lymph node mapping in colon cancer)
  • NHIR HTA Fenix (magnetic anal sphincter for faecal incontinence)

Professor Giles Toogood – HPB Lead

Professor Giles Toogood – HPB Lead

Giles Toogood is Professor of Hepatobiliary Surgery at Leeds University and has been a Consultant at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds since 1998. He trained at Oxford University and completed his hepatobiliary and transplant training in Oxford, Cambridge and Australia. He also completed his Doctor of Medicine at Oxford University. He performs liver cancer and liver transplantation surgery and works in one of the largest Units in Europe.

He has published over 160 peer reviewed publications and has supervised several post graduate fellows towards PhDs and MDs.
Giles is currently Principal external examiner for Oxford University Medical School and examines for the Intercollegiate Specialty Board in General Surgery and also for the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes in HPB Surgery.

He was on the NICE guidelines group for gallbladder disease. He is President Elect of the Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland and was the Founder President of the Great Britain and Ireland Hepatopancreatobiliary Association, (2009). He is also a member of the European and African HPB Association Training Committee.

Giles played cricket for Worcestershire CCC between 1978 and 1982. He played first class cricket and rugby for Oxford University in the 1980s and played Minor Counties Cricket for both Shropshire and Cambridgeshire. He is currently a member of the MCC main Committee and captained MCC on two major tours.

Professor Julian Scott – Vascular Lead

Professor Julian Scott – Vascular Lead

Professor Scott trained in Leicester, Peterborough, Bristol, Exeter, Gloucester and Melbourne and was appointed as a consultant vascular surgeon in November 1993.
He has a large NHS practice based at the LGI and takes part in the major trauma centre. He was appointed as an honorary professor of vascular surgery at the University of Leeds in 2004 and manages a large academic research group, focused on abdominal aortic aneurysms, based within the Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine.
He has extensive experience of the management of arterial and venous disease.
He works closely with colleagues in interventional radiology, and offers minimally invasive approaches to arterial and venous disease.
He is an advisory member of the BHF, Past Chairman of the European Board of Vascular Surgery and the current FRCS Vascular Examination Board and the lead for Academic Foundation and INSPIRE at the University of Leeds.
He is also President Elect of the Union Européenne des Medécins Spécialistes (UEMS) Section and Board of Vascular Surgery and a Past-President of the Vascular Society of GB and Ireland (2012-13).

Mr Aaron Quyn – Deputy Director

Mr Aaron Quyn – Deputy Director

Aaron Quyn is Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Leeds. He obtained his MB ChB from the University of Edinburgh in 2001 and PhD in cell biology from the University of Dundee. He was clinical Lecturer to Professor Bob Steele at the University of Dundee until 2016 developing an interest in Bowel Cancer Screening. He undertook fellowships in Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney and St James’s Hospital Leeds. He has a clinical interest in locally advanced primary rectal cancer and recurrent pelvic disease and is developing a research portfolio in aligned to this interest. He was appointed Associate Clinical Professor in 2017

Professor Paul Millner – Biosensing Lead

Professor Paul Millner – Biosensing Lead

Prof Paul Millner leads the Bionanotechnology group at the University of Leeds. The group’s interests can be divided broadly into two main themes; biosensors and nanotechnology. Biosensors are being developed against a wide range of analytes, from small molecules and ions up to whole cells. Nanotechnology encompasses research into nanoparticles for medicine and nanofibres for environmental applications. Prof Millner is keen to collaborate and has led several large EU projects which have resulted in spin-off companies. Prof Millner initially trained as a Biochemist and obtained his PhD in Plant Sciences from the University of Leeds. After around 12 years working on plant cell signalling, his research shifted direction and he is now a leader in biosensors and bionanotechnology. Prof Millner is also Director of the School of Biomedical Sciences and delivers lectures on a range of topics.

Dr Peter Culmer – Engineering Lead

Dr Peter Culmer – Engineering Lead

Dr Peter Culmer is Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds, and Engineering Lead for the University’s Surgical Technologies Research Group. He is also Principal Investigator with IMPRESS, a project looking at developing technologies for incontinence management and prevention. Dr Culmer’s research looks at the development and application of new enabling technologies in medical applications, with a focus on robotics, sensing and control systems. Current projects include a robotic system for colonoscopy, the development of soft tactile sensors and characterisation and prevention of trauma in laparoscopic graspers. His PhD – from the University of Leeds – developed the computer controller for iPAM, an award-winning robotic system to improve arm function and quality of life for people with stroke. He continued this work as a post-doctoral researcher, adapting the technology to develop an instrumented walking-aid (iWA) to improve gait.

Professor Stephen Evans – Scientific Director and Nanotechnology Theme Lead

Professor Stephen Evans – Scientific Director and Nanotechnology Theme Lead

Stephen Evans is Professor of Molecular and Nanoscale Physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy. He obtained his B.Sc. in Physics from the University of London (QMC) in 1984 and his PhD in Molecular Physics from the University of Lancaster in 1988. After a post-doctoral fellowship at Imperial College, University of London, he became a visiting scientist in the Molecular and Optical Electronic Research Laboratory, Eastman Kodak, Rochester, New York. He joined the academic staff of the University of Leeds in 1991, became a Reader in 2001, and was appointed as Professor in Molecular Physics and Nanoscale Physics in 2002. He was Chairman of the School of Physics & Astronomy between 2004-2007 and currently heads the Molecular and Nanoscale Physics group.

Professor Pietro Valdastri – Engineering Theme

Professor Pietro Valdastri – Engineering Theme

Pietro Valdastri is Professor of Robotics and Autonomous Systems at the University of Leeds, working across the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and the School of Mechanical Engineering. He also directs the Science and Technologies Of Robotics in Medicine (STORM) Lab, a research lab focusing on medical capsule robots for gastrointestinal endoscopy and abdominal surgery which he founded at Vanderbilt University. His research is focused on ‘medical capsule robots’, devices that leverage extreme miniaturization to enter the human body through natural orifices or small incisions, and can be designed to perform endoscopy and surgery while minimizing the invasiveness of the procedure. Professor Valdastri joined the University of Leeds in 2016 and is Director of the Institute of Robotics, Autonomous Systems and Sensing.

Dr Bethany Shinkins – Health Economics Theme Lead

Dr Bethany Shinkins – Health Economics Theme Lead

Beth is an Associate Professor in the Academic Unit of Health Economics at the University of Leeds. She leads the Test Evaluation Group, a multi-disciplinary team that focuses on the economic evaluation of medical tests. She is the Methodology Lead for the NIHR Leeds In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative and the NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative. She has a particular interest in the early diagnosis of cancer in primary care.

She sits on the Editorial Board for the BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine Journal and is a statistical methodologist peer reviewer for the Cochrane Diagnostic Test Accuracy editorial team. She also frequently reviews NIHR Heath Technology Assessments focusing on test evaluation.

Professor Julia Brown – Clinical Trials Theme Lead

Professor Julia Brown – Clinical Trials Theme Lead

Julia is Associate Dean for Applied Health Research, Director of the Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research and Professor of Clinical Trials Research.  Julia is particularly interested in the design and conduct of trials within cancer, the development and analysis of patient reported outcomes and the evaluation of surgical techniques.

Dr Nicholas West – Pathology Theme Lead

Dr Nicholas West – Pathology Theme Lead

He is the deputy on a Yorkshire Cancer Research programme grant ‘accelerating new treatments in clinical trials in bowel cancer’, and currently working on a number of phase II and III national and international clinical trials. These studies involve the development and validation of new molecular predictors of response to therapy, and the integration of morphology and genomics using digital pathology.

Ms. Vee Mapunde – Programme Director

Ms. Vee Mapunde – Programme Director

Vee Mapunde is the Programme Director with responsibility for providing overall management for the programme, management of day-to-day operations and providing support for the Director and the Theme leads. She has over ten years’ experience working in clinical research at the Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Research Network, where she was Industry Manager and worked with 14 NHS organisations across West Yorkshire, to develop and implement systems to support commercially sponsored clinical research.

Ms. Sheila Boyes – Project Manager

Ms. Sheila Boyes – Project Manager

Sheila has worked for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust since 1989, initially as a radiology assistant in the MRI department before moving into research in 2000. She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research and a NEBS Management Certificate. She worked on clinical research studies with contrast agents and MRI in radiology for eight years, before taking on a research management role in 2008. Sheila joins the MIC as a project manager and to handle the administration side

Dr Anita Blakeston – Project Manager

Dr Anita Blakeston – Project Manager

Dr Anita Blakeston has a PhD in Nanoscale Physics and a Fellowship level Chartered Accountancy qualification. She is a project manager for the Surgical MIC and worked previously on large NIHR and HORIZON 2020 grants, at the University of Leeds, in projects as diverse as a European health data and antimicrobial resistance. She also worked as Head of Business Development for the NHS, supporting the implementation of new pathways of care. Prior to this she gathered extensive experience in senior finance roles in industry and the public sector, as head of departments and leading process re-engineering projects.

Mr Nathan Berry – NIHR Industry Partnerships Officer

Mr Nathan Berry – NIHR Industry Partnerships Officer

Nathan has worked in commercial clinical research in Yorkshire for the past four years. He has worked in patient recruitment and retention, healthcare relations, and latterly business development and feasibility.

Prior to that he has held positions in management and early stage drug development for a number of national and international companies.

As Industry Partnerships Officer, Nathan will work with the NIHR Surgical MIC and other NIHR infrastructures across Leeds to maximise exposure to, and engagement with, industry opportunities.


The Steering Committee

The Steering Committee represents the NIHR Surgical MIC’s key stakeholders and exists as a strategic decision-making and governance body that helps guide the NIHR Surgical MIC to realise its aims and objectives. The committee meets bi-annually to assess the NIHR Surgical MIC’s performance against metrics established by the NIHR and to ensure the strategy being taken will optimise the chances of success.

Sir Norman Williams (Chair)

Sir Norman Williams (Chair)

Norman Williams recently stepped down as Professor of Surgery at Barts and The London, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry and Director of the National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation. From 1986-2011 he was Chairman and Director of the Academic Surgical Unit and Consultant Surgeon at Barts and The London. He was also Chairman of the Steering Committee of Enteric (a NIHR Healthcare Technology Cooperative) from 2016-17 having previously been co-clinical director. He is now Senior Clinical Advisor to the Secretary of State for Health, non-executive director of St George’s NHS Foundation Trust, a board member of the Private Healthcare Information Network(PHIN) and consultant to TSALYS a medical technology start up company based in Hong Kong.
He has been President of the Society of Academic & Research Surgery, President of The Ileostomy & Internal Pouch Support Group, Chairman of the UKCCCR committee on Colorectal Cancer, President of European Digestive Surgery, President of The International Surgical Group and Vice Chairman of The British Journal of Surgery. From 2011-14 he was President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Professor Williams is senior editor of Bailey and Love’s Short Practice of Surgery (27th Edition in preparation), co-author of Surgery of the Anus, Rectum and Colon ( 4th Edition in preparation) and is a founding trustee, Chairman and now President of Bowel & Cancer Research. He was a Fulbright Scholar (1980-2) and was awarded the Patey Prize of the SRS (1978), the Moynihan Travelling Fellowship (1985), the Society of Authors’ Prize (Jointly 1995) the Nessim Habif Prize, University of Geneva (1995), the Galen Medal of the Worshipful Company of Apothecaries (2003) and the Cutler’s Surgical Prize (jointly in 2011).
He was a member of the Secretary of State for Health’s Transparency Group ( 2014-15), chaired the European Working Time Regulations Taskforce (2013-14), co-chaired the Duty of Candour Review (2014) and was the Medical Advisor to Sir Robert Francis’ Freedom to Speak Up Review (2014-15). He was Chairman of Health Education England’s Commission on Training for Patient Safety (2015-16), Chairman of NHS England’s National Patient Safety Collaborative (2014-16) and Co – chairman of NHS England’s Advisory Board for the Human Genome project (2014-15).
He was knighted for services to surgery in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List.

Dr Neville Young – Director of Enterprise & Innovation – Y&H AHSN

Dr Neville Young – Director of Enterprise & Innovation – Y&H AHSN

Coming soon….

Kath Mackay – Interim Deputy Director Health & Care – Innovate UK

Kath Mackay – Interim Deputy Director Health & Care – Innovate UK

Kath Mackay is Interim Deputy Director of Health & Care at Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency and prime channel by which the UK Government incentivizes innovation in business.  Kath leads a team delivering programmes across high value areas for UK health and biomedical businesses.  These include advanced therapies, precision medicine, medicines discovery, digital health, disease prevention & wellbeing, antimicrobial resistance and vaccines, biosciences, the Biomedical Catalyst and Small Business Research Initiative. Kath joined Innovate UK in 2013 to co-manage the Regenerative Medicine & Advanced Therapies Programme.

Kath has over 15 years’ experience in business development, commercial operations, and life sciences research, spanning multiple disease areas and technologies across USA and EU markets.

Twitter @kath_mackay

LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/kathmackayphd

PPI Lead

PPI Lead

Coming soon..

Professor Paul Stewart – Dean of Medicine – University of Leeds

Professor Paul Stewart – Dean of Medicine – University of Leeds

Paul is the Faculty Dean of Medicine and Health at the University of Leeds and an Honorary Consultant Endocrinologist at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, having moved from the University of Birmingham in August 2013. He received his medical degree from Edinburgh Medical School in 1982 and was awarded an MD from Edinburgh University with Honours and a Gold Medal in 1988. Professor Stewart supervises an active Endocrinology research group funded by renewed programme grant support from The Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council, ARC grants and most recently a European Research Council Advanced Research Grant.

Mr Kevin Kiely – Medilink

Mr Kevin Kiely – Medilink

Kevin founded Medilink over 20 years ago, a model which is now licensed to regions across the UK. Kevin is currently the CEO of North of England and International Executive for Medilink UK

 

Kevin leads on Medilink’s innovation service provision across the North of England.   He has 20 years’ experience of facilitating and fast tracking new product developments; successfully converting clinical need and new technology advancements into commercially available solutions.   He is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine, a member of the SBRI Healthcare Board and a technology assessor for a number of funding agencies.

 

As the International Executive for Medilink UK, Kevin facilitates international partnership initiatives and represents government agencies at major events across the world.   He has signed MOUs for cooperation and exchange in trade, technology transfer and R&D with China and Brazil’s largest medical device trade associations.

 

He supports integrated service delivery through partnership working with key national and regional organisations such as NHS England, BEIS, UKRI, DIT/LSO, AHSNs & Local Enterprise Partnerships.

Dr Jackie Andrews LTHT Medical Director of Operations

Dr Jackie Andrews LTHT Medical Director of Operations

Jacqueline has been Director of Research and Innovation (R&I) at LTHT since 2017 and Associate Medical Director for R&I since 2015. She oversees all research activity at this large acute Trust, which employs over 17000 people and has more than 900 Medical Consultant Staff. As a research active NHS consultant in Rheumatology since 2004, she has great expertise in managing relationships with both academic and industrial partners. Jacqueline works in partnership with a number of organisations to ensure that access to the NHS for research purposes is accelerated and prioritised.

Professor Gordon Cook – Clinical Director – NIHR Leeds In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative

Professor Gordon Cook – Clinical Director – NIHR Leeds In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative

MB ChB, PhD, FRCP(Glas), FRCPath.
Professor of Haematology & Myeloma Studies, Honorary Consultant Haematologist
Clinical Director (haematology) CTRU
Experimental Haematology, Leeds Institute of Cancer & Pathology, University of Leeds. Leeds Cancer Centre, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, Leeds

I am a graduate of the University of Glasgow School of Medicine & received my higher professional training in haematology in the West of Scotland. After completion of my PhD, I was appointed as a Consultant Haematologist in the West of Scotland before moving to take up the post of Director of Stem Cell Transplantation at Leeds Teaching Hospitals in 2002. In 2013 I was appointed as Professor of Haematology, University of Leeds where I lead the myeloma clinical and translational research portfolio with a primary interest in tumour immunology and immunotherapy.

I am the Chair of the UK Myeloma Research Alliance and NCRI Myeloma sub-group as well as a member of the NCRI Haematology- Oncology Clinical Studies Group. I am the chair of the UK Myeloma Forum and have represented the interests of both myeloma clinicians and patients in NICE reviews. I am Chief Investigator for NCRI Myeloma X (completed), UKMRA Myeloma XII (in recruitment), UKMRA Myeloma XIV (in set-up), MUKeight (in recruitment) and MUKeleven (in recruitment). My collaboration with industry includes my position as the UK Chief investigator for 4 industry international phase III and IIIb studies & I am the chair of the Myeloma UK Research Advisory Group and Medical Editor of Myeloma Today. Finally I hold the posts of Clinical Director of NIHR (Leeds) IVD Cooperative and Clinical Director (Haematology), CTRU, University of Leeds.