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Research Advisory Group membership

The Research Advisory Group hosted by NHS Digital, brings the research community together to make better use of our data and services.  

The RAG is made up of the following members:

Attendance capacity




Co-chair of the Research Advisory Group  Professor John Iredale interim Executive Chair of the Medical Research Council (MRC).
Co-chair of the Research Advisory Group  Professor Lucy Chappell

DHSC Chief Scientific Adviser

NIHR Chief Executive Officer

Academic and life science members 

Academic representative Professor Sir Rory Collins Principal Investigator and Chief Executive of UK Biobank
Academic representative Matt Brown Chief Scientific Officer, Genomics England
Academic representative Professor Sir Martin Landray Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology within the Nuffield Department of Population Health and Deputy Director of the Big Data Institute at the University of Oxford
Academic representative Professor Sir Alex Markham 


Professor of Medicine and Director of the MRC Medical Bioinformatics Centre in Leeds
Academic representative Professor Harry Hemingway Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the University College London and Director of the Farr Institute in London
Academic representative Andrew Roddam CEO, Our Future Health
Academic representative Cathie Sudlow Director, BHF Data Centre
Industry representative Dr Janet Valentine

Director Health Data and Digital Policy,

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)
Industry representative Andrew Davies ABHI Digital Health Lead
Academic representative Professor Gary Ford

Academic representative

Chief Executive Officer of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network

Public and patient 

Public and patient representative Jillian Hastings-Ward Chair of 100,000 Genomes Participant Panel
Public and patient professional  Simon Burall Involve Foundation 

Funder representatives

Charity sector  Tariq Khokhar

Head of Data for Science and Health Priority Area

The Wellcome Trust
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Professor Jamie Pearce Health Geographer, University of Edinburgh 
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Dr Emma Gordon  Director for Administrative Data Research Partnership Strategic Hub
Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) Nicola Perrin Chief Executive Officer

System level representatives  

Health Data Research UK Professor Andrew Morris Professor of Medicine, Director Health Data Research UK and Vice-Principal Data Science at the University of Edinburgh
Health Data Research UK David Seymour  Partnership Director, HDRUK
Health Research Authority (HRA) Dr Janet Messer Director of Approvals Service at the Health Research Authority
Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) Dr Darren Lunn Head of Health Data Science
National Institute for Health Research  Professor Danny McAuley  Programme Director, NIHR Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation
Office of the National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care Professor James Wilson Representing the National Data Guardian

Office for life sciences

Colin Wilson Office for life sciences industrial strategy projects and genomics
NHS England, Innovation, Research and Life Sciences (IRLS) Ali Austin Deputy Director of Research 
NHS England, Innovation, Research and Life Sciences (IRLS) Kathy Jeays-Ward Research and Innovation Lead
Department of Health and Social Care Dr Gail Mazetti Director of Science, Research and Evidence (SRE)
NHS England Transformation Directorate (TD) Representatives    
NHS England, TD Dr Michael Chapman Director of Research and Clinical Trials  
NHS England, TD Ming Tang

Chief Data and Analytics Officer

NHS England, TD Dr Claire Bloomfield Deputy Director Value of Data Centre for Improving Data Collaboration
NHS England, TD Jackie Gray   Executive Director of Privacy, Transparency and Ethics 
NHS England, TD Kirsty Irvine Chair, IGARD
NHS England, TD Susannah Strong  
NHS England, TD Liz Gaffney Head of Data Access
NHS England, TD

Shavaun Glen

Senior communications manager

RAG sponsorship team 

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) Justin Riordan-Jones

Head of Systems and Information (Research)

Medical Research Council (MRC) Dr Alex Bailey  Programme manager 
NHS England, TD Estelle Spence Head of strategic engagement, research and life sciences
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Dr Catherine Bromley Deputy Director for Data Infrastructure


Further information

Last edited: 9 March 2023 10:47 am