Steering Group

Patient and Carer representatives

  • Anthony Locke, Leicester Cardiac Surgery Patient and Public Involvement Group, NIHR Senior PPI panel
  • Peter Read, Cardiac Surgery Research PPI
  • Trevor Fernandes, Cardiovascular Care Partnership (CCPUK) and Wider Community Patient Links
  • Richard Fitzgerald, Cardiovascular Care Partnership (CCPUK) and Wider Community Patient Links (Dec'd)
  • Zena Jones, patient representative, Health Watch County Durham
  • Jonathan Stretton-Downes, Six Times Open
  • Grace Stretton-Downes, family member representative

Clinical Representatives

  • Professor Gavin Murphy BHF Chair of Cardiac Surgery, University of Leicester, Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland, Academic and Research Committee Chair
  • Mr Peter Braidley, Heart Research UK Trustee
  • Mr Enoch Akowuah, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, James Cook Hospital, Middlesbrough, member of the British  Cardiac Society, Heart Valve Clinical Studies Group
  • Professor Julie Sanders, Director Clinical Research, Quality and Innovation, St Bartholomew’s Hospital
  • Professor John Pepper, Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Imperial College London
  • Dr Andrew Klein, Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia Research Subcommittee Chair
  • Harpal Ghattoraya, Research Delivery Manager (Divisions 2 & 5), NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN)
  • Professor Stephen Clark, Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery & Cardiopulmonary Transplantation Freeman Hospital, Newcastle
  • Professor Mahmoud Loubani, Hon Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Hull
  • Mr David Jenkins, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Papworth Hospital Cambridge
  • Carol Akroyd, East Midlands Centre for BME Health & CLAHRC Prevention Theme Manager
  • Professor Stephen Clark, Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery & Cardiopulmonary Transplantation Freeman Hospital, Newcastle
  • Dr Nazish Khan, Principal Pharmacist Cardiac Services, The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Professor Rod Stables, British Cardiovascular Society, Academic and Research Committee Chair

Project Team

The Partnership and the priority setting process will be supported and guided by:

  • The James Lind Alliance (JLA) - Katherine Cowan (PSP Chair, JLA Senior Adviser)
  • Professor Gavin Murphy BHF Chair of Cardiac Surgery, University of Leicester
  • Tracy Kumar, Senior Research Manager
  • Sue Page, PA to Professor Gavin Murphy
  • Hardeep Aujla, Clinical Trial Co-ordinator
  • Bethany Tabberer, Clinical Trials Administrator
  • Florence Lai, Statistician
  • Clare Gillies, Lecturer in Health Statistics
  • Selina Lock, Library Research Services Consultant
  • Riccardo Abbasciano, Clinical Research Fellow
  • Carrie Ackrill, PSP Administrator