Competition 18 – Delivering a Net Zero NHS – Phase 1 – 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 NHS England.


Dr Glenn Wells (Chair)

Director of Strategy & Planning at the Medical Research Council

Skilled in Research and Development (R&D), Medical Devices, Life Sciences, Business Development, and Strategic Planning.
Strong business development professional with a Doctor of Philosophy – PhD focused in Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology from University College London (UCL).


Dr Helen Meese (Deputy Chair)

CEO at The Care Machine Ltd

Expertise: Strategic Planning, Operational & Project Management, Tendering & Proposal Preparation, Requirements Capture.
Consultant for Engineering, Design & Manufacture (for medical devices & equipment) and Policy, Advocacy & Public affairs in Healthcare & Medtech.


Professor Theo Arvanitis

Chair in Digital Health Informatics and Director of the Institute of Digital Healthcare at Warwick University

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


Mrs Preeya Bailie

Director of Procurement at NHS England

Procurement and supply chain


Dr Matt Aiello

National Programmes Lead, Health Education England

Workforce Transformation in UK Healthcare Change management Portfolio Management ICS / STP / PCN development


Dr Jo Dixon-Hardy

Director of Medical Technology Innovation at University of Leeds

Medical technology, early stage innovation systems and processes, innovation strategy and operational management.


Mr Liam Gascoigne-Cohen

Research Analyst, Healthcare, SP Angel at S.P. Angel Corporate Finance LLP

Sell-side analyst responsible for smallcap healthcare research and supporting public/private transactions. BSc Biology from Bristol University and MSc Biotechnology from Imperial College London.


Dr Janet Hanley

Associate Professor at Edinburgh Napier University

Research track record in digital health in general with a current focus on cardiovascular health.
NHS background in community nursing and novel health service development


Dr Melissa Lott

Senior Research Scholar, Director of Research, Columbia University

Engineer exploring technology, economic, and public health impacts of climate change and the energy transition. Policy expert.


Mr Swapnil Gadgil

CEO, Therapy Box Limited

Co-founder Therapy Box Limited, Neurology


Dr Clifford Shelton

Consultant anaesthetist/ Senior Clinical Lecturer at University of Lancaster

Anaesthesia, critical care, medical education, sustainable healthcare, simulation, qualitative research, ethnography, obstetrics, trauma and resuscitation.


Professor Tony Young 

National Clinical Lead for Innovation at IRLS, NHSE

Clinical Speciality Urology. All aspects of healthcare and life science innovation and has acted as external examiner for PhD’s in ML at UCL.


Mr Russell Watkins

Commercial Director at Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria

Commercial Director at the AHSN NENC and oversees the Economic Growth team.
Previously Assistant Director of Business Innovation at The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where he led on innovation and new business.
Previously held a variety of roles in the healthcare sector throughout the North East.


Dr Nick Watts

Chief Sustainability Officer at NHSE/I

Chief Sustainability Officer of the NHS, responsible for its commitment to deliver a world-class net zero emission health service.


Ms Amy Anderson

PPIE Representative


Dr Rebecca Harmston

PPIE Representative