Our Steering Committee

Our Independent Steering Committee, chaired by Professor Gareth Lloyd-Jones, includes representation from industry, the third sector, technology transfer, academia, patient and public involvement, the Department of Health, Knowledge Transfer Networks, NHS, Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (YH AHSN), a representative from the host organisation, and members of the D4D team. The committee meets three times per year and provides guidance on any aspect of D4D including governance, management, technical direction, and industrial relevance.

Professor Gareth Lloyd-Jones

Prior to retiring in 2003, after 32 years of active corporate life, Professor Gareth Lloyd-Jones held senior roles within the healthcare industry – with 21 years in the Pharmaceutical sector with Reckitt and Colman and 12 years in the Medical Device sector at Smith & Nephew. He continues to remain in close contact with industry, consulting in the area of Healthcare.

Over the years, he has been closely associated with Department of Health sponsored health technology initiatives and is currently Steering Committee Chair for the NIHR Devices for Dignity Health Technology Cooperative [2008- present] and Chair of D4D Ltd Board, the commercial arm of the NIHR Devices for Dignity Healthcare Technology Co-operative.

Gareth is also Non-executive Chair of Medilink (Yorkshire and Humber) Ltd. Board, an industry membership organisation with a remit to enhance regional competitiveness through industry partnerships with academia and healthcare professionals in Yorkshire and The Humber. Historically he has also held Non-executive Chair roles with Science City York, BITECIC Ltd and Medipex Ltd.

Gareth is an Honorary Professorship at the Chemistry Department, University of York and is current Chair of the Department’s External Advisory Board.

Gareth is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Member of the Institute of Directors.

Professor Ade Adebajo

Professor Ade Adebajo is Clinical Director for Research and Development at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, where he is also a Consultant Rheumatologist. Ade is a Regional Advisor to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He has a wide breadth as well as depth of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of various rheumatological conditions. These conditions range from the common disorders such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and soft tissue conditions to the less frequent but more complex disorders such as the connective tissue disorders and vasculitides.  Ade is the author of several textbooks, over 100 publications, and is Associate Editor of Clinical Rheumatology. He is also Associate Director of Teaching at the University of Sheffield Medical School.

Ade has a long-standing interest in the involvement of patients, carers and the public in research and healthcare service change. He is an Associate of INVOLVE, the NIHR-funded national advisory group supporting active public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research. He is also Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Strategic Lead for NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for Yorkshire and Humber (CLAHRC YH), and is PPI Adviser to the Research Department at the Department of Health.

Keith Chantler

Keith is a founder and Executive Director of TRUSTECH, the North West NHS Innovation Service, which brings together over 30 northwest NHS Trusts and the region’s Universities to discover and exploit bio/health intellectual property in the Northwest; working in partnership with the healthcare industry sector to develop products and services to improve healthcare delivery.

He is a member of the NHS Secretary of State’s Advisory Panel for NHS Challenge Prizes, a member of the Department of Health Committee on intellectual property policy and a member Science and Technology Facilities Council Futures Advisory Panel.

Keith is also the Director of Innovation at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has regional and national experience in NHS research and innovation management, and manages the Trust’s extensive commercial and innovation portfolio.

He is the Director of Smart Healthcare Ventures Ltd, set up to help healthcare business to work more effectively with the NHS market and holds directorships with two spin out companies from the Central Manchester University Hospitals.

He started business life as a chartered mechanical engineer, before moving to the NHS in Manchester to direct the research and innovation department; he completed his Masters degree at Sheffield Hallam University.

Sue Dunkerton OBE

Sue Dunkerton OBE is Director at The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), responsible for priority themes within Health, Agri-Food, Materials, Chemistry and Biotechnology. KTN is the UK’s innovation network supporting the acceleration of innovation in UK businesses ultimately leading to UK wealth creation.

Sue was previously responsible for the Health KTN, and she continues to champion innovation in this space across the areas of Medical Technologies, Digital Health, Advanced Therapies and Precision Medicine.

Sue has a background in materials engineering and, following a career spanning aerospace and electronics, moved into the medical sector around 1990. Sue works closely with UK government and particularly Innovate UK to help represent business input to future technology and innovation strategy. Recent programmes have addressed how technology and particularly digital technology can deliver improved health and social care; delivery of a roadmap for high value manufacturing in the medtech sector and medicines manufacturing.

Dr Heather Iles-Smith

Heather Iles-Smith (PhD, MSc, RGN), Head of Nursing Research and Innovation and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, University of Leeds, works as one of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust Research and Innovation (R&I) triumvirate team. She has strategic responsibility for leading clinical research delivery workforce development and creation of nursing, midwifery and Allied Health Professionals clinical academic careers.

Her research interests include anxiety and depression of patients with cardiac disease and long term conditions, and mental health technologies. Her clinical experience includes renal dialysis and cardiovascular disease.

Keith Jackson

Keith is Chief Executive Officer of JRI Orthopaedics Ltd.  After graduating from the University of Leeds with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Keith spent the first five years of his career as a design engineer for British motoring powerhouse Jaguar.  After a year of voluntary work in Africa, he returned to the UK to study for a MSc in Biomedical Engineering.  Keith joined JRI as a member of the sales team and he has risen through the ranks in his two decades at the company, working in sales, product development and managerial roles, before being appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2010.  He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, a Chartered Director and a Fellow of both the IMechE and the Institute of Directors.

In addition to his role at JRI, Keith is a Non-Executive Director of Medilink, working alongside the executive team to deliver business support for members of academic, business and clinical organisations across the region that work in the medical device sector.  As well as sitting on the Strategic Board for D4D, Keith is also Non-Executive Director of D4D Limited, D4D’s commercial arm.As well as sitting on the Strategic Board for D4D, Keith is also Non-Executive Director of D4D Limited, D4D’s commercial arm and a Visiting Professor at Sheffield University.

Alan Norton

Alan Norton has served with D4D since 2008. He is a full-time electric wheelchair user and lives independently with his disabled wife for 45 years. He spent most of his working life in finance holding a senior position for a multinational battery manufacturer.  Previously Alan was CEO of Assist UK a membership organisation of 62 Disabled Living Centres which gave free advice and the opportunity to try equipment to promote independent living.  He advises many organisations of Disability matters including Department of Health, Department for Work and Pensions, Motability and Department for Transport.  He holds several directorships within the voluntary sector including Shopmobility and Disabled Motoring UK.  He has specialised knowledge on assistive technology and renal services.  He now has his own company Into Independence and is currently developing services in the UAE.  Alan’s hobbies are motorsport and fishing

Richard Stubbs

Managing Director, Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network

Richard leads the YH AHSN, an organisation that connects NHS, academia and industry to facilitate change across whole health and social care economies, with a focus on increasing economic growth and improving outcomes for patients. Prior to this Richard was the AHSN Commercial Director providing executive leadership on all commercial, innovation and wealth creation objectives.

Previous roles include the Head of Commercial and International Innovation at NHS England and also the Managing Director of NHS Global, promoting UK health care expertise to international markets.  Prior to this Richard created the NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes. He was a core member of the NHS National Leadership Council, and has previous acute and commissioning senior management experience. He joined the NHS from the BBC as a graduate trainee, and is also an alumni of the NHS Top Leaders and NHS Breaking Through programmes.

Professor Wendy Baird

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Dr Steve Cook

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