Comp 17 – Urgent and Emergency Care Phase 2 Panel list

The funding panels for SBRI Healthcare are multidisciplinary, comprising clinical, commercial and technical expertise as well as representatives from the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSN) and Innovate UK.

Professor Wendy Tindale (Chair) Director, NIHR Devices for Dignity MIC Clinical professional working in the NHS as Director of Medical Physics & Clinical Engineering; expertise in Medical Imaging & Medical Devices

Professor Peter Bannister (Deputy Chair)


Chief Customer Success Officer

Mirada Medical



Commercial, product, operations and technology leadership in digital health, life sciences, artificial intelligence, medical imaging and clinical research organizations


Dr Dan Boden


Interim National Clinical Director for Urgent and Emergency care


Lincoln County Hospital A&E Consultant Dr Dan Boden has recently been appointed as the Interim National Clinical Director for Urgent and Emergency Care. His experience includes working between the A&E departments at Lincoln and Pilgrim hospitals, while also working as the Emergency Care Improvement Support Team (ECIST) Clinical Associate and the East of England Emergency Medicine Regional Clinical Advisor for NHS England and NHS Improvement


Professor Pankaj Vadgama


Emeritus Professor of Clinical Biochemistry at Queen Mary University of London


His main interest is biosensors for near patient diagnostics and metabolite monitoring, with particular focus on polymeric barrier materials  for enhanced biocompatibility


Dr Richard Williams


Healthcare Product Development lead, Healthcare Technologies Institute, University of Birmingham


Expertise in the translation of biomaterial/drug healthcare technologies from concept to finished products progressing through clinical studies and commercial exploitation


Professor Paul Dimitri


Director, NIHR Children & Young People MedTech Cooperative

NIHR CRN National Children’s Specialty Lead


Paul leads national networks to support the development of health technology for children and to support the implementation and delivery of national child health research


Dr Paula Bennett


Associate Director, Health Innovation Manchester Dr Paula Bennett is the Associate Director of the Utilisation Management Unit and has 26 years clinical practice in adult and paediatric emergency nursing. Paula has a Doctorate from University of Salford that evaluated the impact of computerised clinical decision support on frontline care. Paula first joined the Utilisation Management Unit in October 2016 as its Associate Director of clinical development and has recently taken on the responsibility of strategic lead for the team.

Professor Tony Young



National Clinical Director for Innovation at NHS England



National Clinical Lead for Innovation. Specialty Urology. Expertise: All aspects of healthcare and life science innovation and has acted as external examiner for PhD’s in ML at UCL


Dr Sam Shah


Clinical Director Dentist Practises and Digital Health Tech Advisor


Expertise in digital development of the ecosystem, public health, health policy; and digital transformation. Experience in health education and commissioning of services


Dr Mark Wyatt


Investment Director, Mercia Asset Management PLC


Following a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Cambridge Mark has spent over 20 years working for venture capital companies supporting life science businesses


Mr Swapnil Gadgill


Co-founder Therapy Box Swapnil is the Managing Director of a multi award winning technology company, Therapy Box – with a mission to use speech, language and acoustics as digital biomarkers. His extensive experience in commercial and technology environments paved the way to starting Therapy Box in 2009. Under Swapnil’s management, the company has released 30+ apps including the flagship app, Predictable.
Dr Paul Hanmer


Program Manager at Health Innovation Manchester Dr Paul Hanmer is an inventor and technology expert who has worked in the public and private sector to develop and integrate innovations with health provider organisations. Paul has worked with NICE, the NHS National Innovation Centre, Health Innovation Manchester and NHS England as well as international commercial medical device companies.
Miss Tammy Holmes


Head of Innovation Exchange, West Midlands Academic Health Science Network


20 year’s experience working in the NHS in a number of operational roles in innovation and research supporting innovators from industry, NHS and academia to develop and implement ideas


Mr Matt Aiello


National Lead for Urgent and Emergency Care at Health Education England Matt is engaged in the research and development of innovative workforce transformation programmes, with an aim to address the Urgent and Emergency Care workforce challenges in the UK. Since taking up post in 2013, Matt has prepared and delivered an award-winning portfolio of pilot and test-of-concept projects. Matt is currently leading Health Education England’s national Urgent and Emergency Care programme.
Dr Laura Fenner


PPIE representative


Public reviewer


Mr Stephen Edgar


PPIE representative


Public member with  experience on several NIHR grant-awarding panels including I4I, EME and PRP