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Artificial Intelligence Health and Care Award - Panel members


Published: 27 March 2020

Version: 2.0 - October 2021

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The Artificial Intelligence Health and Care Award supports testing and evaluation of the most promising AI technologies that meet the strategic aims set out in the NHS Long Term Plan, from initial feasibility to clinical implementation.

Phase 1 panel members

Please note that Competition 3 (2021) is not open for Phase 1 applications.





Mr Stephen Critchlow (Chair)


Evergreen Group

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

Dr Peter Bannister (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

Professor Theodoros Arvanitis

Chair in Digital Health Innovation and Director of the Institute of Digital Healthcare

The University of Warwick

Clinical informatics, health informatics, digital healthcare, neuroscience, neuro-imaging, neuro-oncology, systems Engineering

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 Céire Costello

Senior Lecturer

Imperial College London, Department of Primary Care and Public health

Expertise in medical statistics, clinical trials and use of electronic health record data in health service research

Dr Nick de Pennington

Innovate Lead 

Founder & CEO

Oxford University Hospitals

Ufonia Limited

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

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, developing AI prediction models, algorithmic bias, evaluating outcomes, diversity and inclusion in technology, AI Ethics

Professor Fergus Gleeson

Professor of Radiology

University of Oxford

Radiology, thoracic imaging, lung cancer, AI, PET-CT

Professor Ben MacArthur

Deputy Programme Director, Health and Medical Sciences

The University of Southampton; the Alan Turing Institute

Data analytics, mathematical modelling, health data, molecular/cellular biology

Professor Nasir Rajpoot


University of Warwick

AI algorithms for deep mining of trends and patterns in histology images for early diagnosis and personalised treatment of cancer

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

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 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 coordination

Professor Emanuele Trucco

Chair of Computational Vision

University of Dundee

Medical image and data analysis, computer vision, and image processing and machine learning

Mr Anmol Arora

PPIE Representative

University of Cambridge


Mr David Wall 

PPIE Representative 




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

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 has 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

Professor Jim Briggs

 Director, Centre for Healthcare Modelling and Informatics

University of Portsmouth

Health informatics, clinical outcome modelling, digital wellbeing, Computer Science

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

Professor Joanne Hackett

Head of Genomic and Precision Medicine


Deal negotiation, contract drafting, strategic planning, change/project management, team building, communication. Genomics, tissue engineering, stem cell biology, precision/regenerative medicine, biomaterials/medical devices

Professor David Hogg

Professor of Artificial Intelligence

University of Leeds

Computer vision, machine learning, artificial intelligence

Professor Roma Maguire

Professor of Digital Health and Care

University of Strathclyde

Digital health/care, remote patient monitoring, clinical decision support, patient experience, evidence based care, cancer, chronic disease, dementia, human factors, AI digital health implementation/evaluation

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 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

Professor Elizabeth Sapey

Consultant and Professor

University of Birmingham

Consultant Physician in Respiratory and Acute Medicine. HDR-UK Hub in Acute Care Director and NIHR Birmingham CRF. Research inflammation, immunology, pheonotyping, data

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

Professor Karl Atkin

Medical Sociologist

 University of York 

A medical sociologist with expertise in: qualitative methodology, social theory, chronic and disabling conditions, family care, health inequalities and multi-culturalism 

Mr Hassan Chaudhury

Global Digital Health Specialist


Department of International Trade


A specialist in Digital Health, entrepreneurship, informatics 

Miss Alero Dabor

PPIE representative



Miss Anmol Arora


PPIE representative






Phase 3 & 4 panel members





Dr Paul Bromiley (Chair)

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

Ms Clíodhna Ní Ghuidhir (Deputy Chair)

Principal Scientific Adviser 

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence


Adoption of new technologies in real-world NHS settings, particularly AI and other novel data-driven technologies

Professor Theodoros Arvanitis

Chair in Digital Health Innovation and Director of the Institute of Digital Healthcare

University of Warwick

Clinical Informatics, Health Informatics, Digital Healthcare, Neuroscience, Neuro-imaging, Neuro-oncology, Systems Engineering

Mr Chris Chesters

Senior Health Technology Assessment Adviser

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

 Senior HTA Adviser at NICE, currently in the Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme. Expertise in HTA, health economics & clinical programme development

Miss Rebecca Owens

Technical adviser

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence


 Medical technology assessment, digital health technology evaluation, neuroscience, neuroimaging

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 Brendan Delaney 

Chair in Medical Informatics and Decision Making 

Imperial College London

Medical Informatics, systems and healthcare, primary care, health services research, trials, patient safety, diagnosis, AI

Dr George Despotou

Associate Professor

University of Warwick

Medical device and health IT safety, clinical decision support, EHRs, machine learning, telehealth, integrated care, interoperability, machine learning in healthcare

Professor Aiden Doherty

Associate Professor

University of Oxford

 Reproducible machine learning, wearable sensors, population health, health data science

Dr Heather Duncan


Birmingham Womens' and Children's NHS Foundation Trust 


Paediatrics, critical care, medical devices, early warning signs


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

Dr Lorna Gibson

Deputy Director

NHS Improvement / NHS England 

Operational acute management Improvement Experience in research management (Dr Gibson is also on the NIHR HS&DR Funding Committee) 

Mr Pauric Greenan


Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

PACS, RIS, Medical Imaging, Imaging AI

Dr Janak Gunatilleke

Senior Manager

Capgemini UK

Trained doctor with expertise developing digital solutions for healthcare and healthcare research. Wider experience in applied AI, currently reading for a Masters in Data Science

Dr Rubeta Matin


Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Skin cancer, diagnostic tests, artificial intelligence in healthcare, skin disease in the immunosuppressed

Dr Ned Naylor


Primary Care Provider Transformation NHS England and NHS Improvement

Trained as a general practitioner, practising in the UK and South Africa.Previously led the national STP team and worked to set up the ICS programme, supporting systems around the country to provide more integrated care. Ned trained as a doctor, practising in the UK and South Africa, and holds a Master’s in Public Health

Mr Johan Ordish

Group Manager (Medical Device Software and Digital Health)

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, Devices Division

Medical device software and digital health

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.

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

Professor Cathie Sudlow


Health Data Research UK

Epidemiology, health informatics, health data science, cardiovascular disease, population-based cohorts, stroke genetics

Dr Darren Treanor

Consultant Pathologist

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Pathology, digital pathology, artificial intelligence, health informatics, liver disease

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 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 Neville Young

Commercial Director

Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Sciences Network

Innovation, NHS systems, implementation, value propositions, investment, spread and adoption, evidence

Professor Umesh Kadam


Professor of Primary Care and Public Health Research 


University of Leicester 


Multimorbidity, comorbidity, multiple drugs, chronic disease, heart failure, osteoarthritis primary care, public health, life course, epidemiology, health services research, data science, digital health technologies



Dr Kiruba Nagaratnam 


Consultant Stroke Physician



Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust 


Clinical lead for the University Department of Stroke Medicine at the Royal Berkshire Hospital Clinical Director for Bucks, Oxfordshire and Berkshire Integrated Stroke Delivery Network



Ms Helen Weatherly 




University of York 


Economic evaluation, social care


Dr Michael Wright 


Innovation Business Partner 


Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 


Innovation programmes, deployment of digital health, automation and machine learning technologies in clinical and back office environments



Dr Donna Graham 


Consultant Medical Oncologist 


The Christie NHS Foundation Trust 


Medical oncology, clinical trials, remote patient monitoring, health technology, patient and public involvement and engagement


Miss Jennifer Camaradou

PPIE representative


Innovation Bid writer/Patient Advocate, EURORDIS.ORG Digital Fellow Summer 2020 - rare disease medicines RD development EUPATI.EU - cohort 4, pharma sponsored training program on full lifecycle development patient advocate 

Miss Alero Dabor

PPIE representative



Ms Josephine Tapper

PPIE representative


Patient and Public Involvement Medical writing Health Policy Pharmaceutical and device regulation

Mr David Wall 

PPIE representative


Former PPI representative, Hull and York Medical School Board of Studies. Current board director, Healthwatch North Lincolnshire