Invention for Innovation (i4i)

Our Programme Director is Martin Hunt.

Selection panel members review all stage 1 and stage 2 applications and make funding decisions based on the quality of applications with support from expert peer reviewers.

The panels are multidisciplinary, comprising academic, clinical and commercial expertise. 

Each panel is made up of 12-18 people and typically consists of the following members:

  •          The Selection Panel Chair
  •          The Selection Panel Deputy Chair
  •          Individuals with a wide range of skills and experience of clinical or commercial product development
  •          Patient and public involvement members

We have three panels, two for our Product Development Awards (Selection Panel A and Selection Panel B) and a Challenge Awards Selection Panel. A set of guidelines (see downloads on the right) have been produced to provide panel members with background information about the programme and the procedures that need to be followed. 

How to become a Selection Panel member

We are accepting applications to join an i4i Selection Panel on an ongoing basis. These prestigious appointments offer the chance to take part in and gain experience of making funding recommendations to the NIHR. For more information, please download the full i4i Programme Panel Member Invitation.

If you would like to apply, please complete an application form and return it by e-mail to


Product Development Awards Selection Panel A


Mr Mark Kirby (Chair)
Organisation:Portfolio Non-Executive MedTech Chairman
Expertise: Experienced MedTech Chairman with experience of start-up to exit challenges

Professor Paul Sibbons (Deputy Chair)
Organisation: Northwick Park Institute for Medical Research (NPIMR)
Position: Director of Operations 
Expertise: NPIMR is highly thought of as a research centre and most new technologies in the MedTech field pass through the unit at some time. Pre-clinical experience in most regenerative medical implant technologies together with model development and analyses

Ms Mary Anne Cordeiro
Organisation: Science to Business Ltd
Position: Director
Expertise: Advisor and merchant banker to innovative companies in the healthcare sector specifically medical technology businesses

Professor John Crowe 
Organisation: University of Nottingham
Position: Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Expertise: Biomedical engineering including fetal monitoring, biomedical optics (oximetry, laser Doppler), telemedicine

Ms Alice Evans
Organisation: BMO Global Asset Management
Position: Fund Manager
Expertise: Fund management - healthcare sector investment specialist, global equities

Dr Laura Fenner
Position: Public Panel Member
Expertise: Public Member

Mr Simon Gwynn
Organisation: SG Market Access Ltd
Position: Owner and Managing Director
Expertise: Specialised in health service consulting, integrated care pathway development, cost modelling, service specification and strategy implementation

Mr Andy Ingram
Organisation: Xcelerate Health Outcomes
Position:  Director
Expertise: Health economics and market access

Ms Valerie Joliffe
Organisation: Javelin Ventures Ltd
Position:  CEO
Expertise: Venture Capital 

Dr Thomas Keeble
Organisation: Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Position:Consultant Cardiologist (Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre and Senior Clinical Fellow at the Anglian Ruskin University)
Expertise: Primarily focused on interventional cardiology with general cardio-vascular research interests

Professor Charles Knowles
Organisation: Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London
Position: Clinical Professor of surgical research and Honorary Consultant colorectal surgeon
Expertise: Main clinical interests are in the surgical management of benign coloproctological conditions and severe motility disorders including the use of neurostimulation

Dr Zahid Latif 
Organisation: Cancer Research UK
Position: Director of Population and Early Detection Research
Expertise: Pharmaceutical drug discovery, natural product chemistry, Pharmacy, Regenerative Medicine and cell based therapies, med tech and digital health

Mr Philip Robinson
Position: Public Panel Member
Expertise: Public Member

Dr Julie Simmonds 
Organisation: Collins Stewart
Position: Healthcare Analyst
Expertise: Research coverage includes both small and mid cap UK healthcare companies, including medical devices, biotechnology and services, and large cap European stocks

Professor Mike Smith
Organisation: Sheffield Hallam University
Position: Pro Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Medical Science
Expertise: Medical science and health technologies including: medical physics, medical imaging, evidence-based diagnostics, bone and body composition measurement, health informatics. Experience of commercialising research and IP emerging from the health sector. Founder and non-executive Director of Medipex

Dr Gary Thorpe
Organisation: University of Birmingham
Position: Biochemistry Director, Wolfson Applied Technology Laboratory
Expertise:Medical diagnostic immunoassays, medical devices, point of care testing, biosensors, analytical biochemistry and water quality testing

Dr Gillian Vivian
Organisation: Kings College Hospital London 
Position: Consultant in Nuclear Medicine and Radiology 
Expertise: Diagnostic and Molecular Imaging; Radiation Protection. Formerly AMD for service redesign for children and young people at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Glenn Wells
Organisation: Oxford Academic Health Science Centre
Position:  Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Expertise: R&D funding, policy to support knowledge and technology transfer through licensing, spin-out creation and collaborative vehicles


Product Development Awards Selection Panel B 


Mr Charles Spicer (Chair)
Position: Independent consultant
Expertise: Experienced company director, corporate finance adviser and investor with a particular focus on life sciences and medical technology. Senior adviser to Daniel Stewart & Co and a Director of Stanmore Implants

Professor David Williams (Deputy Chair) 
Organisation: Loughborough University
Position: Professor of Healthcare Engineering
Expertise:Manufacturing and commercialisation of medical technologies and electronics. Regenerative medicine focus.
Background:Formerly Technical Director, Bespak. Earlier career included Chair in Manufacturing at Loughborough for ten years, Cambridge PhD and lectureship and posts with GKN and Metal Box

Mr Vadim Alexandre
Organisation: Daniel Stewart and Co
Position: Senior Equity Research Analyst 
Background: Previously worked as an analyst at Economic and Business Data in Montreal covering healthcare. Experience in the pharmaceutical industry, having worked as a laboratory researcher and as a market analyst

Professor Enitan D Carrol
Organisation: University of Liverpool, Institute of Infection and Global Health
Position: Chair in Paediatric Infection
Expertise: Paediatrics, infection and microbiology, immunology, randomised controlled trials, cohort studies, genetics, diagnostic markers
Background: Childhood bacterial infections, understanding mechanisms of disease, biomarker discovery using proteomics and transcriptomics, development of point-of-care tests for bacterial infection 

Dr Steve Cook
Organisation: ICR Consulting
Position: Innovation Consultant
Expertise: Medical technologies, non and minimally invasive therapies and diagnostics, soft tissue wound healing
Background: Working experience with Huntleigh Healthcare and now focuses on consultancy

Dr Steve Cook
Position: Independent consultant
Expertise: Medical technologies, non and minimally invasive therapies and diagnostics, soft tissue wound healing.
Background: Working experience with Huntleigh Healthcare and now focuses on consultancy

Professor David Hawkes
Organisation: Director of the Centre for Medical Image Computing, UCL
Expertise: Imaging, physics, engineering.
Background: Experience in medical imaging as a clinical scientist and in academic research. Main research interests in medical image computing, in particular image registration, image guided interventions, image directed therapy, cancer screening and diagnosis. Founder of two companies: IXICO and Sageta

Ms Emily Lam
Position: Public Panel Member
Expertise: Public Member

Ms Emma Palmer Foster
Organisation: EJ Palmer Consulting
Background: Advising European pharma and biotech companies on corporate and financial strategy, investor relations and communications. Experience in the European pharma and biotech sector, via investment banking, financial communications, investor relations, journalism and technology transfer and is a Trustee of the mental health charity MPF Counselling and a Visiting Fellow at Durham Business School 

Ms Jo Smart

Organisation: Independent Expert

Position: Principal, Smart Healthcare Consulting
Background: A life sciences business development and corporate finance executive currently operating as an independent consultant advising life sciences companies on licensing and M&A opportunities

Dr Sudhin Thayyil
Organisation: Imperial College London
Position: Reader and Head of Academic Neonatology (Weston Group)
Background: Neonatal neuroprotection, magnetic resonance biomarkers, post-mortem imaging, clinical trials and global perinatal health

Ms Gail Thornton
Position: Public Panel Member
Expertise: Public Member

Ms Melanie Toyne-Sewell 
Organisation: Instinctif Partners
Position: Partner  
Background: Advising life science companies on financial communications.

Dr Andrew Tubb
Organisation: Colwill Health
Position: Partner
Background: Strategy, Innovation, Development & Marketing



Challenge Awards Panel


Professor Nick Lemoine (Chair)
Position: Director of Barts Cancer Institute; Medical Director of NIHR Clinical Research Network; Chair of Trustees, Medical Research Foundation
Expertise: Oncology, Genetics, Clinical Trials
Background: Works in the field of clinical and translation cancer research, is an expert in experimental therapeutics and precision medicine. Medical Director for England’s Clinical Research Network and is responsible for governance and leadership of the clinical researchers (including mental health)

Ms Jo Smart (Deputy Chair)
Position: Principal, Smart Healthcare consulting
Expertise:  Independent consultant 
Background: Advising on licensing, collaborations, fundraising and strategy in the life sciences sector

Mr Gerry Bennison
Position: Public Member
Expertise: Mental Health
Background: Cardiology and Urological Services and also Mental Health Services. Social Care: Diabetes; COPD; Parkinsons Disease; Dementia (carer roles)

Professor Christopher Dowrick
Position: Professor of Primary Medical Care
Expertise: Primary mental health care
Background: Classification, diagnosis and management of common mental health problems

Ms Jenny Edwards CBE
Position: CEO Mental Health Foundation
Expertise: Mental Health
Background: Public Mental Health

Ms Rosie Forder
Position: Public Member
Expertise: Mental Health
Background: Public Mental Health

Professor Chris Hollis
Position: Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Expertise: Child adolescent psychiatry
Background: Child and adolescent psychiatry, adolescent mental health, health services research past member of NIHR MHRN adoptions panel

Professor Matthew Hotopf
Position: Professor of General Hospital Psychiatry
Expertise: General psychiatry
Background: Psychiatric epidemiology; informatics; mental/physical health interface

Lieutenant-Colonel Norman Jones
Position: Head of the Academic Department of Military Mental Health Expertise: Military Mental Health Research
Background: Research investigation many aspects of military mental health support, social, command and leadership, clinical and public health-based interventions

Ms Cynthia Joyce
Position: Chief Executive
Expertise: General psychiatry
Background: Mental health, translational medicine, drug development, psychological treatments, eHealth

Professor Ian Jones
Position: Director National Centre for Mental Health< Professor of Psychiatry, Cardiff University
Expertise: Mental Health
Background: Perinatal psychiatry, bipolar disorder, maternal mental health

Professor David Kingdon
Position: Professor of Mental Health care Delivery, University of Southampton & Clinical Director, Southern Health Foundation Trust
Expertise: Adult psychiatry
Background: Development of CBT for psychosis and mental health service research

Mr Andrew Tubb
Position: Director
Expertise: Strategy, innovation, marketing, mobile & digital health

Dr Glenn Wells
Position: Chief Operating Officer
Expertise: Research funding, translation of research, policy development and implementation. Corporate, charity and public sector R&D