Meet the team

Our team of experienced technical staff, consultants and affiliates have extensive knowledge and access within the local and greater health community.

An experienced healthcare professional with extensive knowledge in academia, industry and public sector.

PhD in Cell and molecular biology. Post graduate academic and work interests include health economics, prioritisation and advanced physical and digital engineering (including 3D printing and artificial intelligence).

Experience includes 10 year career in industry with two major pharmaceutical companies within sales, marketing and medical and regulatory affairs. 20 years experience within UK National Health Service in National commissioning, specialised services, regional cancer delivery, innovation and value based healthcare.

A firm believer in user centric design and in understanding the importance of socialisation and the human: machine interface in the development of technology. Committed to net zero, SMART and intelligent technology development and importance of making work and the workplace fun

Research interests –  Respiratory Medicine especially novel technologies and biomarker discovery

Professor of Respiratory Medicine at Swansea University and Respiratory Lead Clinician, Hywel Dda University Health Board in Wales, UK.

After qualification and junior doctor jobs in London, I completed my specialist training in Wales. I have been an NHS consultant since 2003 and lead the COPD, Smoking Cessation and non-invasive ventilation services for my group of hospitals covering 380,000 people in a semi-rural area.

I have led or been co-applicant on grants worth over £25Million, working across institutions and different countries, publishing over 100 papers, 3 textbooks, various book chapters and supervised post-graduate research students.

I am the NIHR Speciality Lead for Respiratory research for Wales and was an NHS R&D Director for over 10 years. RIW will improve links between clinicians, industry and academia to test and adopt new ideas and technology that will improve patient care and generate wealth.

Resources

Professor Keir Lewis – Swansea University
Keir Lewis – Linked in
Welsh Gov: Lewis | Health Care Research Wales 
(healthandcareresearchwales.org)
Keir E Lewis (researchgate.net)
TWITTER: @keir_lewis

Andrew is a Chartered Accountant and has worked in the public sector for over 30 years. He joined the Audit Commission in 1983 and became a District Auditor in Wales signing off public sector accounts and undertaking value for money studies across the whole range of local authorities’ and health organisations’ services.

He left the Audit Commission in 2004 to set up his own management consultancy business. He was subsequently employed by the NHS in Wales, firstly as Acting Chief Executive of the National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare and then as Director of Innovation and Improvement at Cardiff & Vale Health Board reporting to the Board on performance, innovation, audit and IT.

He retired from the Health Board in 2013 and returned to running his management consultancy business, specialising in advising public sector organisations how to improve financial governance and value for money. He was appointed as Director of Finance for Welsh Wound Innovation Wales (WWII) Ltd in 2014 working one day per week managing all aspects of the company’s finances and helping to advise on performance management. In 2019 he left WWII Ltd to take up a similar role for Respiratory Innovation Wales Ltd, another fledging not for profit company established by Welsh Government.

 

Innovation lead for Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and Research Innovation and Improvement Hub manager for the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Regional Partnership Board.

With over fifteen years project management experience, I have worked within the NHS, academia, clinical research and the wider public sector, successfully completing and evaluating projects, research trials, and organisational change initiatives. My doctorate is in Respiratory Physiology and I am currently the CI on a number of research projects.

I have a wide breadth of healthcare related experience including; successfully developing funding bids; research and analysis of Welsh Government (WG) policy; supporting the production of independent expert policy advice; synthesising and reporting on routinely collected health data; contributing to national economic analysis; and working with colleagues across NHS Wales, academia and WG to inform senior service and policy leaders.

LinkedIn: Tom Powell

ISTR Biosafety Practitioner Level 1, Prince 2, Managing Finances 1 , NIHR National (Wales) Costing Co-Ordinator Cardiff and Vale UHB and Public Health Wales, Genetic Modification Safety Committee Secretary

Respected professional with extensive knowledge and experience of designing, securing funding for, and delivering high calibre pre-clinical and clinical pharmaceutical, medical devices and food supplements research in university, contract research organisations, commercial companies, private and NHS healthcare, in UK, Europe and USA. Currently responsible for commercially-sponsored clinical trials at Wales’ most research active health board and leading tertiary referral university hospitals.

I work closely with pharmaceutical and medical device companies and multiple local and national stakeholders (clinicians, scientists, NHS support departments, HEIs, external NHS organisations and private healthcare providers plus charity (e.g. CRUK) and commercial sectors) to maximise local research opportunities and the successful delivery of commercially sponsored clinical trials for patient benefit.

I have set up over 600 commercial trials.

Consulting Healthcare Scientist with Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board Innovation Department specialising in Advanced Digital Physiological Engineering.

I have worked in the NHS for 17 years as an engineer/ scientist and 10 years as field specialist for Hewlett Packard / Agilent and then Philips Healthcare. I have led several research trials and managed multimillion-pound implementations of digital systems and medical device integration. Two-time winner of NHS Wales Excellence Award and Runner up in NHS Wales Awards. I have secured over £1 million in Welsh Government innovation grants to date.

Director and founder of Rowan Tree Scientific Limited providing bespoke API design for clinical systems integration and the base2base software package enabling system administrators to configure their own API interfaces.

Specialisms include; 3D printing, RFID, GS1, MDR & QMS, API integration, HL7 /FHiR, Medical Devices, PACS systems, Patient Information Systems and Patient Flow Software.

STEM Ambassador for See Science Wales supporting technology innovation projects with local schools and FE establishments.

LinkedIn: Robert Salter 

Joe qualified as a nurse in 1992 and spent all this time working with people with lung conditions, becoming fortunate to specialise in this area in 1996. He’s predominately worked in the hospital setting and continues to lead a small team there. Joe was very pleased to have joined Respiratory Innovation Wales on a part time basis in 2021 with the exciting opportunities it brings.

Joe has been active in numerous national organisations, being a committee member with the Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists (ARNS) with a focus of research and development. He reviewed manuscripts for national journals and has sat on national guidelines development groups representing ARNS. He’s been an active member of the British Thoracic Society, sitting on the Standards of Care Committee, asthma guideline development group and reviewing abstracts for national conferences.

His passion has always been clinical practice but values the role of research and innovation in improving outcomes. This has led to his involvement in numerous projects both local, national and international resulting in the opportunity to present at conferences and publish in peer reviewed journals. Joe continues to undertake a part time PhD, focussing on COPD medication choices and associated outcomes including adherence. He successfully obtained a 3 year Clinical Research Time Award in 2017, allowing time to focus not only on his own research but also become a principal investigator on 3 national studies.

V-Jeynes- portrait imageAn experienced public and private sector manager with a Strategic and Operational background with a keen interest in innovation within the health sector.

I have worked in the NHS for 6 years specialising within the Primary Care sector as a Strategic and Operational Manager. I have successfully led on several projects some of which include the National rollout of NHS 111 in Urgent Primary Care for Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board; departmental Health Board mergers; and large infrastructure change. I have degrees in BSc Medical Science, MSc Forensic Anthropology & Archaeology with published papers in this field, and an MSc in Leadership & Management. I have also worked in academia, as a seasonal lecturer for various Biology subject fields.

I have a keen interest in data analytics, with the aim to connect data together to understand the whole system approach and areas of improvement.

Twitter – @victoria_jeynes
LinkedIn – victoria-jeynes

Ceri is RIW Office Manager. A talented, trilingual individual, with expertise in international marketing and communications, business support and change implementation. CIM qualified with a background in education, FMG and health.

Exceptionally organised and supportive of others, she assists the CEO and Board in the development and implementation of office processes and procedures.

She lives on a small holding in Carmarthenshire with her partner and enjoys being very active and a keen fledgling gardener. A mother and grandmother to two daughters and one grandson along with a menagerie of dogs, cats, horses, ducks, chickens and geese.

Erin Welch is our Office Administrator

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