The Advisory Council is chaired by our Independent Chair, Martin Hindle. It is made up of senior leaders from throughout the region, bringing together researchers, clinicians, patients, industry and educators with a wealth of strategic, financial and operational experience and a strong track record in delivery.

Our members are:              
EMAHSN Independent Chair
Martin Hindel Independent Chair
The former Chairman of University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL). He has held leadership roles in both industry and health organisations. He was Chief Executive of the Nordic Region for the French company, Rhone Poulenc, Chairman and Chief Executive of Fisons' French operation, Global Commercial Director for Fisons pharmaceutical division and a Chief Executive Officer at Cable and Wireless and Wireless Nautec. Martin is a non-executive Director (NED) of Public Health England and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). He was previously a NED for the National Blood Authority, National Biological Standards Board and the Health Protection Agency.              
Kirit Mistry web
Kirit is the Co-Chair of the Senate and has significant paid and voluntary sector experience both as a patient and community activist in research and health services. He has particular experience and passion in delivery of equality and diversity particularly Black and Minority Ethnic communities. Previous roles have included Executive Director of Derby and Derbyshire Race and Equality Commission. His current part time role is to promote Organ and Transplant Donations within Derby and Leicester communities. Kirit is a member of his Patient Participation Group, is a Community Champion for Diabetes UK, and has set up Leicestershire's South Asian Diabetes group and Derby Diverse Patients and Communities Health Network.              
Mike Wilkins
Mike has a working background spanning the private, public, not-for-profit and non-departmental public body sectors. He worked in the Nottingham textile industry and in sales and marketing with Cadbury Schweppes before qualifying as a social worker and spending 13 years working in both Nottingham city and county as a practitioner and manager. His most recent post was as Regional Manager for East Midlands/East of England with Capacitybuilders, the Cabinet Office agency responsible for funding and developing infrastructure support for the voluntary and community sector.  He is currently an Associate Lay Membe for Nottingham North and East Clinical Commissioning Group and is a trustee and treasurer of the charity, WaterWorks, providing clean drinking water and sanitation in the rural villages of Malawi.              
EMAHSN Managing Director

Mike Hannay Aug 2016 Web

Professor Mike Hannay has more than 25 years’ experience of working in the pharmaceutical industry, with an excellent track record of building collaboration with healthcare. Mike joined EMAHSN in August 2016 from ThermoFisher Scientific, where he was Vice President for the UK BioPharma Services Division. That role built upon his significant experience both nationally and internationally, including Vice President of Medicines Development at AstraZeneca.              
EMAHSN Director of Operations
Margaret Woolley Head of Programmes
Margaret has undertaken a wide range of NHS governance and programme management roles, at organisational, regional and national level. Margaret joined EMAHSN having worked within the team establishing the NHS Commissioning Board and prior to that was Assistant Chief Executive at East Midlands Strategic Health Authority.              
Director of Partner Relations and Operations Care (EM CLAHRC) / Head of Clinical Programmes (EMAHSN)
Karen Glover

In her previous role she served as Director of Nursing and Compliance with the East Midlands Ambulance Service. Her new post will build partnerships with health and social care agencies and universities to identify proven research that can be spread throughout the region's healthcare system.              
EMAHSN Commercial Director
Chris Hart Commercial Director
Chris joined the EMAHSN core team in April 2014. He has worked for over 25 years in healthcare and technology industries across Europe and the United States, most recently as Business Development Director with UK-based firm Allocate Software PLC.              
EMAHSN Associate Director of Communications & Engagement
Chris Taylor Head of Communications
Chris supports EMAHSN to engage effectively with stakeholders across health, social care, the third sector, academia and industry. He also has a leading role in driving national collaboration via the AHSN communications forum, a partnership of the country’s 15 AHSNs. Chris has 25 years’ experience of marketing communications, which includes working as a journalist in local newspapers and leading communications teams within local government.              
Local Director, Health Education East Midlands
David Farrelly HEEM
David was previously Executive Director of Workforce and Organisational Development and Deputy Chief Executive at East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS), having held positions with EMAS in Strategy, Transformation and Planning and for a period, as Acting Chief Executive. David also undertook a national lead role as Chair of the National HR Directors Group holding positions on the NHS Employers Policy Board and the National Social Partnership forum as well as leading the National trade union discussions through the Ambulance Service Partnership Forum.              
Chief Officer, Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Group
Andy Gregory
Andy has worked in a range of senior roles in a number of commissioning and NHS intermediate tier organisations. Andy oversaw the development of CCGs across East Midlands, East of England, West Midlands before taking up his current role.              
Senate Co-chair, East Midlands Clincial Senate
Nigel Beasley
Nigel was deputy medical director at Nottingham University Hospital between 2007 and 2013, responsible for appraisal and revalidation, and clinical effectiveness. In 2010, Nigel was appointed as clinical lead for the QIPP Right Care workstream for the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority. He took on the national clinical lead role in 2012, leading the development of value based commissioning guidance for elective surgery.
Chief Executive, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Angela Hillery Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Angela has over 25 years of NHS leadership experience within community services and a Masters Degree in development disorders, Angela is also a qualified speech and language therapist. Previously a Director of Operations for the Trust, responsible for all operational services in the north of the county, Angela has served on the National Management Board of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy and held a partner role with the Health Professional Council.              
Centre Director East Midlands, Public Health England - East Midlands
Meng Khaw
Meng has been Centre Director for Public Health England East Midlands since April 2013, having moved from the North East, where he held senior public health positions as Director of Public Health for Newcastle upon Tyne and North Tyneside and as Consultant in Communicable Disease Control with the Health Protection Agency. Meng is a qualified surgeon and practised as an orthopaedic surgeon before turning to public health to focus on improving population health outcomes.
Dean of Science and Technology at Nottingham Trent University
Martin McGinnity
Formerly Professor of Intelligent Systems Engineering and Director of the Intelligent Systems Research Centre within the Faculty of Computing and Engineering, University of Ulster. He has also been a Director of the University of Ulster's technology transfer company, Innovation Ulster, and a spin out company Flex Language Services. He is the author or coauthor of approximately 300 research papers and has attracted over £24 million in research funding. He Chairs the University-wide Health and Well Being Steering group at Nottingham Trent University.
Professor of Primary Care at the University of Derby and Emeritus Professor of Health and Social Care at Canterbury Christ Church University
Prof Annmarie Ruston
Annmarie trained and worked in public health and health promotion in the NHS prior to moving to academia where she has held a number of academic research leadership roles including establishing and leading research centres in Health Research and Evaluation and Health and Social Care Research at The University of Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church University. She also represented the Universities on a number of NHS Boards and Committees including the Kent and Medway CLRN, KSS AHSN.              
Director, NHS East Midlands Leadership Academy
Paul ONeill
Paul has served in the NHS for over 25 years as well as having worked for several years in industry. He trained and worked as an occupational therapist in mental health before moving into leading clinical services. He held a variety of positions in operational, general and project management before moving into the world of learning and organisational development and leadership development. Paul helped establish the East Midlands Leadership Academy during its first year of operation and then came back to the Academy as its Director in 2013.              
East Midlands NIHR Clinical Research Network / East Midlands Clinical Senate Professor of Anesthesia and Pain Management at the University of Leicester
David Rowbotham
Former Director of Research and Development at University Hospital Leicester NHS Trust, David is Clinical Director, NIHR Clinical Research Network: East Midlands and is currently working as an Emeritus Professor.              
NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands
Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine and Co-Director of the Leicester Diabetes Centre, University of Leicester
Kamlesh Khunti
Kamlesh is a NIHR Senior Investigator and Director of NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands CLAHRC. He leads an international research group investigating early detection, prevention and management of people with diabetes. He has previously been identified in the top 20 most influential GPs in the NHS.              
Medical Director Representative
Suneil Kapadia
Appointed as Medical Director of the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust in July 2013, Suneil has 30 years experience in the acute sector of the NHS, 18 of which were as a consultant gastroenterologist in Wolverhampton. He has had a broad experience in roles with the Royal College of Physicians, medical management and the British Society of Gastroenterology.              
Independent Board Member
Janet Worrell
Janet is a Director of consult2deliver limited, specialising in creative clinical and regulatory solutions for healthcare and bioscience sectors. Janet is a pharmacist and an experienced regulatory affairs professional, having supported a diverse portfolio of products for a number of companies across the East Midlands. She has developed products for UK, Europe, ASEAN and USA markets. Janet's skillset covers early concept development, scientific advice, food supplements, over the counter (OTC) medicines, inhaled therapies and clinical trial applications.              
Industry Advisor (Medilink East Midlands)
Keith Widdowson
Keith is Chair of Medilink East Midlands. Medilink is a membership organisation focused on providing support to develop the life sciences industry in the region. Previous roles include managing pharmaceutical businesses internationally and as an industry adviser for life science investments for 3i plc across Europe.