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Panel members, Phase 1 Health Inequalities in Maternity Care

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.

Ms Charlotte Burrows
Programme Director, Design at the South West AHSN
Charlotte has a background in social innovation, service design and system change. She has a particular interest in how to improve people’s involvement in the design, and delivery of services.

Dr Antoniya Georgieva
Associate Professor at University of Oxford
Georgieva is leading a research team to develop novel data-driven fetal monitoring solutions to continuously assess fetal wellbeing at the onset of and during term labour.

Miss Tendai Nzirawa FRCN, RN(Adult), RSCN, BSc, MSc
Maternity Clinical Improvement Lead at Eastern Academic Health Science Network
Looking Beyond programme finalist: HRH The Prince of Wales Award for Integrated Approaches to Care: Nursing Times Awards 2021 & highly commended for the Gopi Menon BAPM Awards as part of the Addressing Inequalities BAPM Conference.
Expertise: Neonatal, paediatric and maternity (transformation, patient safety and addressing inequalities).

Ms Wendy Olayiwola (BEM)
National Maternity Lead for Equality at NHS England
Over 20 years experience as nurse and midwife. Honorary lecturer on Public health topics, Lead midwife/ co-chair of CNO CMiDO BME Strategic Advisory Group NHS England. She is also the founder of National BAME Health and Care Awards and Society of African and Caribbean Midwives (SoAC) UK.

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. 

Mrs Ananthi Puntis
Research and Policy Manager at The NHS Race and Health Observatory (RHO)
Responsible for oversight of the NHS Race and Health Observatory’s research portfolio and oversees Maternity and Neonatal workstream.

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 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.

Mrs Sonah Paton
PPIE Representative
Sonah is a founding director of Black Mothers Matter. Her experiences of the NHS maternity system motivated her to improve experiences for Black birthers.

Ms Josephine Tapper
PPIE Representative
Josephine provides operational and strategic advice to healthcare providers, academia and industry on embedding PPIE. She was previously panel assessor for the NIHR’s AI award.


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