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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


  • Ms Adine Adonis - Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist Neurology, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Professor Parveen Ali - Professor of Nursing and Gender Based Violence, Division of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Sheffield
  • Ms Zenab Barry - Public Contributor
  • Dr Godfred Boahen - Principal Social Worker, Adult Services, London Borough of Hackney
  • Professor Kam Bhui - Professor of Psychiatry, University of Oxford and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, East London NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Professor Debra Bick - Professor of Clinical Trials in Maternal Health, University of Warwick
  • Professor Annette Boaz - Honorary Professor of Health Care Research, Kingston University
  • Professor Laura Bojke - Professor of Health Economics, University of York
  • Dr Jenni Burton - Clinical Lecturer Geriatric Medicine, University of Glasgow
  • Mr Mark Cadman - Public Contributor
  • Professor Katherine Checkland - Professor of Health Policy and Primary Care, University of Manchester
  • Professor Dawn Dowding - Professor in Clinical Decision Making, Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, School of Health Sciences, University of Manchester
  • Professor Katie Featherstone - Professor of Sociology and Medicine, University of West London and Director of the Geller Institute of Ageing and Memory
  • 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 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
  • Mr Rashmi Kumar - Public Contributor
  • Professor Graham Martin - Director of Research, The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute
  • 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
  • Mr Michael Molete - Public Contributor
  • Professor Alicia O’Cathain - Professor of Health Services Research, University of Sheffield
  • Mrs Linda Parton - Public Contributor
  • Professor Andrew Price - Professor of Orthopaedics and Musculo-skeletal Science, University of Oxford & Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Mrs Angela Ruddock - Public Contributor
  • 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 
  • Professor Fiona Verity - Professor of Social Work and Social Care, Swansea University
  • Professor Nicola Walsh - Professor of Knowledge Mobilisation and Musculoskeletal Health, University of the West of England
  • Dr Alan Watkins - Associate Professor (Statistics) Swansea University
  • Professor Andrea Williamson - General Practitioner and Clinical Senior University Lecturer, General Practice and Primary Care, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Ge Yu - Senior Lecturer in Health Economics, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London