Professor David Burn

Pro-vice Chancellor Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University and Director of the NHIP

Professor Burn is an internationally recognised expert in movement disorders, in particular dementia associated with Parkinson’s disease. Born in the North East he was appointed as a Consultant Neurologist and Senior Lecturer in Newcastle in 1994.

“The ethos I try to instil is how our research can have impact and make a difference. The University uses knowledge to tackle real world problems. However, it is sometimes seen as separate from our local community. Being part of the NHIP shows our clear commitment to improving the lives of people here in the North East of England and North Cumbria, and beyond. Combining our expertise and knowledge with the outstanding qualities of our other partners we aim to generate better answers to the problems and inequalities facing our region.”

Professor David Burn - Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Medical Sciences

Dame Jackie Daniel

Chief Executive Officer, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dame Jackie began her NHS career as a nurse before moving into management, and has been a Chief Executive Officer for 20 years leading a range of acute, mental health and specialist trusts.

She was appointed as Chief Executive of The Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a top performing, highly specialised, research-focused tertiary centre in March 2018.  Since then the trust retained its outstanding CQC status, and was the first healthcare organisation in the world to declare a climate emergency.  She was recently named as one of the top five chief executives of the year in the HSJ awards for 2021.

Alongside her academic qualifications, she is a qualified personal coach and a strong advocate of developing diverse leadership and supporting women in leadership roles.

Dame Jackie is passionate about improving the health, wealth and wellbeing of those living in our region and was instrumental in establishing NHIP.

Dame Jackie Daniels, Chief Executive Officer, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Nicola Hutchinson

Chief Executive Officer, Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria

Since gaining a PhD in Chemistry from Durham University, Nicola has worked in a variety of roles supporting business and industry in the North East. She worked as a Programme Manager and then Head of NHS Innovations North before joining the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) in 2013.

Nicola was instrumental in establishing the AHSN NENC and has played a crucial role in cementing the organisation within the regional healthcare landscape over the last seven years, rising to the position of Chief Executive Officer in 2020. Led by Nicola as Chief Executive Officer, the AHSN NENC acts as the link between the NHS, academia and industry, to drive forward transformative innovations.

Since the inception of the AHSN NENC, Nicola has developed and deployed The Innovation Pathway, and she has also shaped the work programme for the national economic growth agenda for the AHSN Network.

Dr Nicola Hutchinson Chief Executive Officer

John Lawlor

Chief Executive, Cumbria Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

John Lawlor OBE was appointed as Chief Executive of Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust on 23 June 2014.  The Trust is one of the largest mental health and disability providers in the UK.

John’s qualifications include BSc (Hons) Mathematics (first class); Post Graduate Certificate of Education, Maths and Physics, secondary level; and Post Graduate Diploma in Leading Innovation and Change.

John’s experience and skills include; NHS Top Leaders’ Programme participant; Area Director in NHS England, responsible for the Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear area of the north of England; Chief Executive of Leeds Primary Care Trust (PCT) and then of the Airedale, Bradford and Leeds PCT; Chief Executive of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust; Executive Director/Deputy Chief Executive of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust; Civil Servant, in the Department of Health and in the Department of Employment and; Secondary School Mathematics Teacher in South Yorkshire

John Lawlor OBE Chief Executive

Pat Ritchie CBE

Chief Executive Officer, Newcastle City Council

Pat Ritchie CBE is an experienced senior leader in economic development, housing and property and is CEO of Newcastle City Council, where she notably secured the multi-million-pound investment deal to bring Legal & General to Newcastle’s flagship ‘Helix’ development and led on negotiations to secure a devolution deal for the North of Tyne Mayoral Combined Authority.

More recently Pat has been instrumental in spearheading the ‘Collaborative Newcastle’ partnership framework for health and social care and has overseen an ambitious £50m plan to transform the city centre. Pat is Chair of the Government Property Agency, a member of the Advisory Board of the National Leadership Centre and a Non-Executive Director of Newcastle Hospitals Trust. Pat is a former CEO of the HCA and former deputy CEO of the One North East RDA.

Pat Ritchie CBE

Peter Noble

Chief Operating Officer, Newcastle Health Innovation Partners

Peter qualified as a radiographer and has held senior NHS executive roles in Leeds, Liverpool, and London with Non-Executive roles in Bradford and Manchester. Peter has led major transformational programmes at MRC Gambia, at the University of New South Wales Sydney as Vice-President and Chief of Staff and at UKRI as Chief Operating Officer.

His experience in Academic Health Science Centres, includes; Director of an international review of 27 Centres for UK Government; re-accreditation of Manchester Academic Health Centre and establishing SPHERE as a new accredited Academic Health Science Centre in Sydney.

Peter Noble, Chief Operating Officer NHIP

Professor Andy Fisher

Dean of Clinical Medicine and Professor of Respiratory Transplant Medicine at Newcastle University
Chair of the NHIP People & Culture Group

Professor Fisher is an honorary consultant respiratory and transplant physician at the Institute of Transplantation at Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust.

He leads the Clinical Academic Office at Newcastle University which oversees the entire training and career development pathway for clinical academics and ensures an effective interface between the University and its partner NHS Trusts. Professor Fisher leads the Training Theme for the Newcastle NIHR Biomedical Research Centre.

Professor Andy Fisher

Professor John Isaacs

Associate Medical Director for Research, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Chair of the NHIP Research Innovation Strategy Group

John Isaacs is Professor of Clinical Rheumatology and Director of Therapeutics North East at Newcastle University. He is also Associate Medical Director for Research and Consultant Rheumatologist at Newcastle Hospitals.

Prof Isaacs is a NIHR Senior Investigator, and past Chair of the Scientific Committee of the European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology. From 2007 to 2017 he chaired Arthritis Research UK’s Inflammatory Arthritis Clinical Study Group, developing a competitive research agenda for the UK. He also led the MRC/ABPI RA-MAP consortium, pioneering precision medicine for rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Prof Isaacs runs a research group focussed on ‘switching off’ autoimmunity in order to prevent or cure diseases such as RA. He believes we are on the cusp of a breakthrough in this field and his team has pioneered a novel cellular therapy to switch off RA.

Professor John Isaacs

Professor Dave Jones

Professor of Liver Immunology at Newcastle University and PI for the UK-PBC Research Consortium
Chair of the NHIP Education & Training Group

Professor Dave Jones leads the internationally renowned autoimmune liver disease clinical service in Newcastle, hosted by the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust (NUTH). He has worked in the area of the autoimmune liver disease Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC) for over 25 years, starting as an MRC Clinical Research and Clinician Scientist Fellow. Working initially on the underpinning biology of the disease he has translated key mechanistic discoveries into new approaches to therapy.

In addition to his clinical and research work he as a long interest in training and is the NIHR Dean for Faculty Trainees. He has played a key role in the development of new integrated academic pathways which will play a key role in developing the next generation of researchers in the area of Stratified Medicine and its underpinning technologies.

In June 2018 he was awarded an OBE for his services to Liver Medicine and Clinical Academic Training.

Prof Dave Jones

Eileen Kaner

Director of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) for the North East and North Cumbria

Eileen Kaner is the Director of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) for the North East and North Cumbria, and Professor of Public Health and Primary Care Research at Newcastle University.

As an applied behavioural scientist, she uses a wide range of research methodologies to focus on illness prevention in high-risk groups crossing health, mental health, social care, educational and forensic settings. ARC work is policy and practice focused and it addresses contemporary health and social care needs for the most vulnerable people in society. Addressing inequalities is at the heart of this work and a shared agenda with NHIP.


Caroline Wroe

Director, NIHR Clinical Research Network for North East and North Cumbria

Caroline Wroe is Director of the NIHR Clinical Research Network for North East and North Cumbria and a Consultant Kidney Specialist at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. In her NIHR role she leads a regional team to support research delivery across a wide range of health and care settings to improve the outcomes of people living in the North East and North Cumbria.

As a clinician she is chair of the UK Living Kidney Donation network and contributes to the setting and delivery of national strategy and guidelines. Caroline looks forward to working with NHIP to develop translational research as a strategic priority.

Caroline Wroe

Avan Aihie Sayer

Director, NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre

Avan Aihie Sayer is Director of the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre, William Leech Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Newcastle University, and Honorary Consultant Geriatrician at Newcastle Hospitals. She is an NIHR Senior Investigator and leads an internationally recognised programme of research on ageing and multiple long-term conditions – core business for the NHS and a strategic research priority for NHIP.

The focus of her AGE Research Group is on translating understanding of mechanisms into advances in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of ageing syndromes such as sarcopenia and multimorbidity, and the interdisciplinary group has an important remit for capacity building in this area. Patient and public involvement is at the heart of the research to maximise its impact not only locally but regionally and beyond.

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