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HSDR Funding Committee members


Published: 30 June 2022

Version: 7.0 August 2023

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The HSDR Funding Committee assesses Stage 1 and 2 proposals received through the commissioned and researcher-led workstreams.

At Stage 1, the committee considers applications primarily for need and importance, and at Stage 2 primarily for scientific quality and value for money. The committee is composed of experts from a range of disciplines relevant to health and social care delivery research, and public contributors.

Chair and Programme Director

  • Professor Kathy RowanDirector of Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC) and Honorary Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Deputy Chair

  • Professor Judith Smith - Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham


  • Professor David Abbott - Professor of Social Policy, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol
  • Ms Adine Adonis - Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist Neurology, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Mr Edward Aldus - Deputy Divisional Operations Director, Surgical Division, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Professor Parveen Ali - Professor of Nursing and Gender Based Violence, Division of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Sheffield
  • Dr Simon Bailey - Senior Research Fellow in Sociology, Centre for Health Services, University of Kent
  • Dr Cini Bhanu - GP Academic Clinical Lecturer, Islington Central Medical Centre & University College London
  • Professor Kam Bhui - Professor of Psychiatry, University of Oxford and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, East London NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Godfred Boahen - Principal Social Worker, Adult Services, London Borough of Hackney
  • Professor Laura Bojke - Professor of Health Economics, University of York
  • Dr Jenni Burton - Clinical Lecturer Geriatric Medicine, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Patrick Burch - GP and PhD Fellow, Centre for Primary Care and Health Services Research, University of Manchester
  • Mr Mark Cadman - Public Contributor
  • Professor Katherine Checkland - Professor of Health Policy and Primary Care, University of Manchester
  • Dr Catriona Connell - Research Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling
  • Dr Bethan Copsey - Senior Medical Statistician, Leeds Clinical Trials Research Unit, University of Leeds
  • Professor Katie Featherstone - Professor of Sociology and Medicine, University of West London and Director of the Geller Institute of Ageing and Memory
  • Dr John Ford - Senior Clinical Lecturer in Health Equity, Queen Mary University of London
  • Professor Lorna Fraser - Professor of Palliative Care and Child Health, Cicely Saunders Institute and School of Life Sciences and Population Health, King's College London
  • Dr Alexis Foster - Research Fellow, Health and Care Research Unit, School of Health and Related Research, The University of Sheffield
  • Dr Lorna Gibson - System Improvement Director, NHS England
  • Dr Clarissa Giebel - Senior Research Fellow in Social Care, University of Liverpool
  • Dr Beatriz Goulao - Research Fellow in Statistics, University of Aberdeen
  • Professor Rebecca Harris - Professor of Dental Public Health, The University of Liverpool
  • Mr Sebastian Hinde - Research Fellow, Centre for Health Economics, University of York
  • Dr Lisa Hinton - Senior Researcher, Medical Sociology & Health Experiences Research Group, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford
  • Dr Artemis Igoumenou - Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, University College London
  • Dr Greg Irving - Reader in General Practice, Edge Hill University Medical School and GP and Consultant in Primary Care, St.Helens Hospital 
  • Dr Axel Kaehne - Reader in Health Services Research, Edge Hill University
  • Professor Roman Kislov - Professor of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Business and Law, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Dr Dimitrios Koutoukidis - Senior Research Fellow, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford
  • Mr Rashmi Kumar - Public Contributor
  • Professor Jason Madan - Professor in Health Economics, University of Warwick
  • Professor Graham Martin - Director of Research, The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute
  • Professor Karen Mattick - Professor of Medical Education, Department of Health and Community Sciences, University of Exeter
  • Professor Gerald McKenna - Clinical Reader / Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Queen's University Belfast
  • Professor Joanne McPeake - Professor of Nursing, The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Rachel Meacock - Senior Lecturer Health Economics, The University of Manchester
  • Dr Jamie Miles - Clinical Research Fellow, Prehospital and Emergency Care, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield
  • Mr Michael Molete - Public Contributor
  • Associate Professor Ruben Mujica Mota - Associate Professor of Health Economics, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds
  • Professor Fliss Murtagh - Professor of Palliative Care, University of Hull
  • Mr Rob Newton -  Associate Director (Medical Directorate), York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Mr Grant Nicholson - Head of Clinical Research Operations, Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Professor Alicia O’Cathain - Professor of Health Services Research, University of Sheffield
  • Mrs Linda Parton - Public Contributor
  • Mr Gary Passaway - Managing Director - Haringey Division, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
  • Professor Rupert Payne - Professor of Primary Care and Clinical Pharmacology, University of Exeter
  • Professor Andrew Price - Professor of Orthopaedics and Musculo-skeletal Science, University of Oxford & Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Dr Samuel Relton - Associate Professor of Health Data Science, University of Leeds
  • Dr Michaela Rogers - Senior Lecturer in Social Work, The University of Sheffield
  • Mrs Angela Ruddock - Public Contributor
  • Dr Fiona Sampson - Senior Research Fellow, Division of Population Health, University of Sheffield
  • Professor Katie Sheehan - Professor of Rehabilitiation, Queen Mary University of London
  • Mr Alan Smith - Public Contributor
  • Dr Rachel Spencer - Associate Clinical Professor in General Practice, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick
  • Professor Duncan Stewart - Professor of Applied Health Research, Centre for Primary Health and Social Care, London Metropolitan University 
  • Dr Greig Taylor - NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry, Newcastle University
  • Dr Linda Tinkler - Trust Lead for Nursing, Midwifery and AHP Research, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Sarah Tonkin-Crine - Associate Professor and Health Psychologist, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford
  • Dr Michael Twigg - Head of Research Design and Evaluation, NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board and Associate Professor of Primary Care Pharmacy, University of East Anglia
  • Associate Professor Mara Violato - Associate Professor and Senior Researcher, Health Economics Research Centre (HERC), University of Oxford  
  • Professor Nicola Walsh - Professor of Knowledge Mobilisation and Musculoskeletal Health, University of the West of England
  • Mrs Mariam Walting - Public Health Lead, Surrey County Council
  • Dr Fiona Warren - Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics, University of Exeter
  • Dr Lucy Webb - Reader, School of Nursing & Public Health, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Professor Andrea Williamson - General Practitioner and Clinical Senior University Lecturer, General Practice and Primary Care, University of Glasgow
  • Mr Brad Willingham - Digital Transformation Lead, Community Health & Care Collaborative, NHS Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care Board
  • Dr Ge Yu - Senior Lecturer in Health Economics, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
  • Dr Yin Zhou - GP and NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer, Wolfson Institute of Population Health, Queen Mary University of London