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Panel members, Competition 20, Autism and Learning Disabilities, Phase 1

Professor Wendy Tindale (Chair)
Director, NIHR Devices for Dignity MIC; Scientific & Innovation Director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
NHS Clinical Professional & Director of Medical Physics & Clinical Engineering; expertise in Medical Imaging, Medical Devices and Clinical Translation and Adoption.

Ms Joanna Smart (Deputy Chair)
Executive Chair at Oxford Cancer Biomarkers Ltd
Medtech and diagnostics industry Chair, CEO and Non-Executive Director, Deputy Chair of NIHR (i4i) Challenge Award Panel and adviser to Google For Start-ups. 

Miss Umaima Ahmad
CEO & Co-Founder at 52 North Health
Umaima leads a cross-discipline team developing integrated healthcare solutions including medical devices and digital platforms, and is an NED at Health Tech Enterprise and the Pharmaceutical Licensing Group. She has a background in pharmaceutical business development, commercialising science through innovation, and banking law.

Dr Jill Bradshaw
Senior Lecturer in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at Tizard Centre, University of Kent. Speech and language therapist/applied researcher
Expertise in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including people with complex communication challenges/person-centred approaches.

Professor Angela Hassiotis
Professor of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability at University College London
Expertise: Psychiatry of learning disability,mental health; populations hard to reach; interventions; trials, qualitative, epidemiology.

Ms Helen Hoyland
Programme Lead at Yorkshire and Humber AHSN
Expertise: Spread and adoption, implementation, NHS engagement.

Dr Lorcan Kenny
National Research Lead – Autism at NHS England
Expertise: Autism research funding, evidence informed health policy, cognitive neuropsychology of autism, ecological validity in cognitive assessment, interdisciplinary research partnerships.

Mr Manish Patel
Head of NHS Technology Transfer at Imperial College London
Informatics, Diagnostics & Medtech expert with 16 years’ experience in technology transfer, innovation strategy, commercial strategy, start-up creation/exit, investment, business development and commercialisation. 

Mr Andy Roberts
Innovations Manager at Bruntwood SciTech Ltd
Over 22 years working across pharmaceutical and medical technologies. Andy runs accelerator programmes and business support for medtech and biotech companies.

Dr Sarah Robinson
Director of Delivery at Eastern AHSN
Sarah is a clinical psychologist employed by Eastern AHSN for three years. The AHSN network is the innovation arm for the NHS.

Dr Richard Williams
CEO at Healome Therapeutics (and part-time advisory/teaching role at the Healthcare Technologies Institute, University of Birmingham)
Technical and commercial strategy for developing tissue regeneration technologies from concept to finished products in clinical studies and commercial exploitation.

Ms Sarah Gardiner
PPIE Representative
Recent graduate of Stirling University with a 2:1 Bsc Hons Degree in Psychology. Autistic single parent to an amazing ten year old autistic boy.

Ms Sarah Miller
PPIE Representative
Sarah is an autistic researcher in literary studies. Sarah has consulted on research for Asthma UK, the Wellcome Trust, and University of Oxford, among others.


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