This site is optimised for modern browsers. For the best experience, please use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Edge.

Artificial Intelligence Health and Care Award - Panel members



The Artificial Intelligence Health and Care Award supports solutions addressing the strategic aims of the NHS Long Term Plan across the whole development pathway, from initial feasibility to clinical implementation.

Phase 1 panel members





Dr Stephen Critchlow (Chair)


Evergreen Group

Qualified Pharmacist. Started as a clinical pharmacist in the NHS, now an entrepreneur in health and sustainability and a serial investor. Founder of Evergreen Life, focusing on the needs of people and their wellbeing

Dr Peter Bannister CEng FIET (Deputy Chair)

Executive Chair Healthcare

Institution of Engineering and Technology

Academy of Medical Sciences FLIER; CCSO Mirada Medical; Development, validation and commercialisation of devices for surgery, diagnostic imaging, radiotherapy planning, clinical trials, digital health

Dr Amrita Kumar

Consultant Radiologist and AI Clinical Lead

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Leading trust-wide research collaboration to set up AI infrastructure to aid in implementation of AI for improved patient outcomes, in conjunction with various stakeholders with a mission of patient-focused value-based healthcare.

Dr Anna Barnes

Clinical Scientist (PET-MRI), Nuclear Medicine, HEE/NIHR-Senior Clinical Lecturer

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

MRI, PET, SPECT, statistics, image processing, image analysis.

Dr Allison Gardner

Lecturer in Data Science, Programme Director for the Integrated Degree Apprenticeship in Data Science

School of Maths and Computing, Keele University

Experience in data science and developing AI prediction models and expertise in algorithmic bias, evaluating outcomes, diversity and inclusion in technology, AI Ethics

Professor Niels Peek

Professor of Health Informatics

University of Manchester

health informatics; computerised decision support; prediction algorithms; audit & feedback; statistical modelling; machine learning; multi-morbidity; mobile and wearable health

Ms Eleonora Harwich

Director of Research and Head of Tech Innovation


Digital Health policy, commercial models and corporate behaviour in the healthcare, regulation of data-driven technologies, standards

Mr Colin Roberts

Venture Development Director

BioCity Group

Experienced leader in healthcare technology development, venture building, incubation and investment. Particular speciality in medical imaging and associated AI & ML algorithms

Dr Konstantinos Vougas

Managing Director

DeepMed IO

Long experience in big-data (genomics and proteomics) and AI applications in bioinformatics and life sciences. Also has corporate experience from running DeepMed IO (a MedTech startup) since its inception

Dr Nick de Pennington

Innovate Lead 


Founder & CEO

Oxford University Hospitals

Ufonia Limited

15yrs as neurosurgeon in the NHS, co-founder of health innovation community, founder & CEO of digital health startup

Dr Carmelo Velardo

Senior Research Fellow


Visiting academic

Sensyne Health


Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford

Carmelo focuses his research into designing and implementing digital-health research projects for a wide range of applications.  While interacting with multidisciplinary teams, he has helped bridging the gap between patients and clinicians through the use of technology for remote monitoring and self-management of patients. 

Professor Kamlesh Khunti

Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine

University of Leicester

Primary care, chronic diseases, cardiometabolic diseases, multimorbidity especially big data and trials

Dr Harpreet Sood

NHSE Associate Chief Clinical Information Officer / GP

NHS England / University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Primary care - clinical aspect and administration efficiency Healthcare prevention Clinical decision support Chronic disease management Care co-ordination

Professor Salman Siddiqui

Clinical professor of airway diseases

University of Leicester, College of Life Sciences, Department of Respiratory Sciences / NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre

Clinical medicine, personalised medicine, computational models, AI in healthcare, respiratory disease

Dr Eldrid Herrington


PPIE representative, Honorary Senior Research Fellow


Queen Mary University of London


Experienced in patient and public involvement and colorectal oncology

Ms Gail Thornton


PPIE representative/contributor





Lay contributions to health and social care research since 2012, at individual study level and on NIHR funding boards, as a public member


Phase 2 panel members





Dr Michael Garrison (Chair)


King’s Commercialisation Institute, King’s College London & King’s Health Partners

Leader in translation and partnering of life science research with industry and investors. Mike’s 41-year career spans the global pharmaceutical, Medtech and UK NHS sectors

Ms Emma Palmer Foster (Deputy Chair)

Healthcare Consultant

EJ Palmer Consulting

Over 25 years' of experience in the European healthcare sector, via investment banking, VC, financial communications and investor relations, journalism and technology transfer

Professor David Hogg

Professor of Artificial Intelligence

University of Leeds

Computer vision, machine learning, artificial intelligence

Professor Jim Briggs

Director, Centre for Healthcare Modelling and Informatics

University of Portsmouth

Health informatics, particularly clinical outcome modelling. Digital wellbeing. Computer Science

Professor Payam Barnaghi

Professor of Machine Intelligence

University of Surrey

Research interests include machine learning, semantic computing, adaptive algorithms and Internet of Things, and their applications in healthcare and smart environments

Dr Ayokunmi Ajetunmobi (AJ)

Venture Development Manager


As Venture Development Manager at BioCity, AJ helps founders build breakthrough ventures solving the biggest health and environmental challenges.  AJ obtained his doctorate in clinical medicine.

Dr Owen Arthurs

NIHR Career Development Fellow and Consultant Paediatric Radiologist

Great Ormond Street Hospital

Imaging, Pediatrics, Radiology, NIHR fellowship and RfPB panel funding / grant review

Dr Matthew Blackledge

Leader - Computational Imaging Team

The Institute of Cancer Research

Dr Blackledge is a team leader of Computational Imaging at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) with over a decade of experience in the development of computational techniques for improved medical image analysis and optimisation of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) protocols for clinical trials and clinical practice.

Dr Rhodri Davies

Consultant cardiologist and data scientist

Barts Heart Centre/UCL

General cardiology, cardiac MRI, echocardiography (stress echo and transoesophageal). Machine learning, computer vision, image segmentation, medical image analysis

Dr Hugh Harvey

Managing Director

Hardian Health

Former consultant radiologist, C-level experience in two leading UK AI health tech start-ups, associate editor Nature:Digital Medicine, co-chair of the Topol Review

Dr Kam Pooni

CEO and mentor for Panacea Innovation and Accelerate Cambridge

Glyconics Ltd

A highly accomplished senior business leader with a formidable industry reputation for driving entrepreneurship and commercial success within the life sciences sector.

Mr Manish Patel

Head of NHS Technology Transfer

Imperial College London

Health informatics and Medtech expert with over 14 years’ experience in technology transfer, innovation strategy, start-up creation/exit, investment, business development and commercialisation.  Developed, validated and exited from concept multiple projects including decision support, care pathway, AI and CE marked devices and software. 

Dr Matthew Williams

Consultant Clinical Oncologist

Imperial College London

Dr Matt Williams is a Consultant Clinical Oncologist, and leads the Computational Oncology group at Imperial College. His PhD was on logic-based approaches to reasoning with clinical trials, and he is a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics

Dr Frank Ratcliff

Associate Director of Industry and Innovation

Wessex Academic Health Science Network

Head of Industry and Innovation for Wessex AHSN, where his team helps innovators get their products to patients faster.  Frank has a PhD in genetics and genomics and spent over 10 years in the pharmaceutical sector, initiating and managing collaborative projects with NHS bodies to improve outcomes for respiratory, cardiovascular and diabetic patients.  

Ms Helen George


PPIE representative




Member of the public with special interest in digital inclusion for patients and carers. Former member of RfPB panel. Current member of i4i panel B

Mr Stephen Edgar


PPIE representative




Public member with experience on several NIHR grant-awarding panels including i4i, EME and PRP


Phase 3 panel members





Dr Jonathan Sheffield OBE FRCPath (Chair)

DHSC/NIHR Covid-19 UK Research System Operations and Liaison Director

CRN National Coordinating Centre (CRNCC), NIHR

Was CEO of the NIHR Clinical Research Network until March 2020. Now leading the NIHR’s response to the global pandemic in the role of DHSC/NIHR Covid-19 UK Research System Operations and Liaison Director. 

Dr Paul Bromiley

Lecturer in Health Data Sciences, Division of Informatics, Imaging and Data Science

University of Manchester

Computer vision algorithm development for automated clinical image analysis, particularly in musculoskeletal radiology and neuroradiology.  Translational research and commercialisation

Professor Geraint Rees

Professor of Cognitive Neurology, Dean of the UCL Faculty of Life Sciences

University College London

Geraint is UCL Pro-Vice-Provost (AI) and Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences at UCL with institution-wide strategic responsibility for artificial intelligence. As a neurologist and neuroscientist, his research seeks to understand the neural basis of human cognition. Director of the Academic Careers Office at UCL and the Experimental Medicine Academy at the UCLH NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, his activities also involve a non-executive Director role of UCL Business and a Senior Scientific Advisor at DeepMind.

Dr Aldo Faisal

Reader in Neurotechnology

Imperial College London

Artificial Intelligence for Healthcare, Digital Biomarkers, AI-based Intervention, Medical Devices, Data Science, Assistive Technology, Neurotechnology

Ms Linsey Ann Carter

Founder & CEO Ventures

Global Strategic Marketing and Venture Development for high potential AI/ML Digital Health Ventures, developing innovative diagnostics and precision medicine solutions for global markets

Mr Alan Davies

Innovative Programmes & Partnerships Director

Health Education England

Currently on secondment to HEE working to facilitate the spread and adoption of innovative workforce programs in partnership with the AHSN Network and others

Professor Alastair Denniston

Consultant Ophthalmologist

University Hospitals Birmingham and HDR UK

AI reporting standards, evaluation, implementation and regulation (CONSORT-AI, SPIRIT-AI);  Director of INSIGHT, the HDRUK Health Data Research Hub for Eye Health; consultant ophthalmologist

Professor Katherine Payne

Professor of Health Economics, Centre Lead for Manchester Centre for Health Economics

Manchester Centre for Health Economics

Holds a personal chair in health economics based at The University of Manchester with research interests in the economics of precision medicine and experience of being a member of a NICE appraisal committee.

Mr Ravi Kumar



Successful Serial Health Tech Entrepreneur, digital health industry expert and angel investor with experience of health ecosystems spanning several continents. Currently chairman of ZANEC, he was previously CTO and Executive Director, Product Strategy at a UK FTSE listed Health Tech Public Company. Ravi’s expertise includes software design and development, product management, commercialization of software, digital technologies in health care globally. Ravi serves on the boards of a number of start-ups and scaleups. He is also managing director of Cyberliver, a clinical stage digital therapeutics company using sensors, medical AI and behaviour science.

Mr Joseph Waller

Managing Director

Aire Logic

Alongside his company Aire Logic, Joe has contributed to NHS strategy across the majority of national as well as many regional initiatives and programmes over the last fifteen years.

Dr Michael Nix

Clinical Scientist - Radiotherapy Physics

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust / Leeds Cancer Centre

MRI, image processing, radiotherapy. AI (synthesis, segmentation and detection). Statistical outcome modelling. Deformable image registration. Implementation in high-risk clinical environments. Legislation (software medical devices)

Professor Anoop Chauhan

Director of Portsmouth Technology Trials Unit and Respiratory Physician

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Consultant Respiratory Physician, Professor of Respiratory Medicine and Director of Research at Portsmouth Hospitals and University of Portsmouth. Experienced Chief Investigator with interest in technology trials

Professor Salman Siddiqui

Clinical professor of airway diseases

University of Leicester, College of Life Sciences, Department of Respiratory Sciences / NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre

Clinical medicine, personalised medicine, computational models, AI in healthcare, respiratory disease

Dr David Wong

Lecturer in AI for Healthcare

University of Manchester

Machine learning for time series and health record data; vital signs and early warning scores; evaluation of digital health technologies

Dr Eldrid Herrington

PPIE representative, Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Queen Mary University of London

Experienced in patient and public involvement and colorectal oncology

Ms Gail Thornton

PPIE representative/contributor


Lay contributions to health and social care research since 2012, at individual study level and on NIHR funding boards, as a public member