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Board of Directors

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Registrar and Chief Executive, Janet Monkman

Janet MonkmanJanet joined the Academy as CEO in February 2013 bringing with her a strong commitment to the values of the Academy – most importantly the benefits of bringing together the entire Healthcare Science profession to benefit patient care and advance the healthcare science workforce.

Janet has had a long career in healthcare building from her work as a clinician to move into teaching and later management. She has a wide portfolio of experience in executive, chief executive and non executive roles in public, private and third sector.


Director of Quality, David Bennett

David Bennett

David is the AHCS lead on quality assurance issues and in his role as head of patient and public involvement he helps the Academy to meet one of its key aims – protecting the public by mitigating risks posed by the work of the healthcare science workforce.

Prior to working for the Academy, David was a member of the Department of Health’s Education and Training Reform team, where he helped the Department to implement a new Workforce Information Architecture.




Non-Executive Director, Geoff Lester

Geoff Lester retired from full time NHS clinical practice in 2014 from the post of Clinical Director of Pathology at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading. During his clinical career he had an interest in pituitary endocrinology and laboratory informatics. He was involved in national projects, working with the ill-fated SPfIT patient record project and was clinical biochemistry lead from the beginning of the Royal College of Pathologists National Laboratory Medicine Catalogue initiative.

He has worked extensively for the Federation of Clinical Scientists on NHS industrial relations and was Director of Regulatory Affairs for the ACB. He is still the FCS representative on NHS Staff Council and Public Health England Partnership Forum, NHS Pensions Scheme Advisory Board and the Pensions Board.

He has taught undergraduates at University of Reading, taught on the ACB Management Course and examines for the National School for Health Care Science. He is also currently a Fitness to Practice partner with the HCPC.

For relaxation he likes cooking, Beethoven and is an active masters rower and president of his boat club.


Non-Executive Director, Mike Scott

Dr Scott combines two significant job roles within Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. He is Clinical Lead for the Haematopathology & Oncology Diagnostic Service (HODS) and Director of the Cambridge Cellular Therapy Laboratory. He is also the Trust’s Lead Scientist and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Cambridge.

Dr Scott has worked within the Haematology field for 35 years, the past 18 years as a Consultant Clinical Scientist. His PhD thesis was in the field of bone marrow stem cell biology and he has co-authored more than 80 scientific publications.

He has had a longstanding interest in education and training and established the original Clinical Scientist training programme in haematology in the UK. He is a Council member of Council at the Royal College of Pathologists, chairs the Clinical Scientist Committee at the College and is a member of the CSO Leadership, Innovation and Advisory Group.