Board of Directors
Chairman, John Stevens
John started in thein 1969 as a Junior Medical Laboratory Technician and has continued to be employed within this arena some 48 years later.
During his career John has been employed in many roles; as a laboratory worker, research worker, laboratory manager, department manager and general manager. He has managed other Clinical and non-Clinical Specialties. John was President of the2009/10 and worked with the on Modernising Scientific Careers. He was a inspector for 16 years and a Non-Executive Director of for 4 years until it became part of . In March 2012 John was appointed as Non-Executive Director (Life Sciences) for the Academy. In August 2012 he joined the Board of ‘Lab Tests Online’, and in March 2013 he was appointed as a Royal College of Pathology Consultancy Advisor. He took over as Chair of the Academy in 2015.
Registrar and Chief Executive, Janet Monkman
Janet 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 took over the role of Registrar in February 2017.
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 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, Prof. Anthony Fisher
Tony is a Consultant Clinical Scientist. He works at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the University of Liverpool. Originally, he qualified in Medicine but went on to train in Clinical Engineering and then Medical Physics. In recent years, his main work has centred on the postgraduate Education and Training ofHealthcare Scientists and the implementation of Modernising Scientific Careers. He is the Non-Executive Director for the Physical Sciences at the Academy for Healthcare Science. He was awarded the MBE for his services to Clinical Engineering and Medical Physics in 2017.
Outside of work, Tony is a keen ultra-endurance triathlete and has completed over 50 IronMan races and represented Team GB on a number of occasions.
Non-Executive Director, Lynne Smith, MBE
Lynne Smith MBE is a Clinical Scientist in GI Physiology. She works at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Newcastle University. She is a Fellow of the Association of GI Physiologists () and (Honorary) Fellow of Health Care Science (Hon. ).
Lynne graduated with anin Health and Social Care Science at Sheffield Hallam University and has worked in Further and Higher Education for 37 years, including roles GI module lead at De Montfort University and Newcastle University. Her previous roles have included Chair of the Association of GI Physiologists, Vice Chair of , Chair of Education Committee and is an active member of the Healthcare Science Trailblazer group; developing the Level 2-4 Healthcare Science Standard for the new Apprenticeship Scheme. She also worked with the team to produce the modules for the Clinical Science in GI Physiology and Urodynamics. She is currently Programme Lead for AHCS, is a member of the AHCS Governance and Scrutiny Committee and is an equivalence assessor for and .
Non-Executive Director, Geoff Lester
Geoff Lester retired from full timeclinical practise 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 onindustrial relations and was Director of Regulatory Affairs for the . He is still the FCS representative on Staff Council and Public Health England Partnership Forum, Pensions Scheme Advisory Board and the Pensions Board.
He has taught undergraduates at University of Reading, taught on theManagement Course and examines for the National School for Health Care Science. He is also currently a Fitness to Practice partner with the .
For relaxation he likes cooking, Beethoven and is an active masters rower and president of his boat club.
Non-Executive Director, Shelley Heard
Professor Shelley Heard was the Deputy Dean Director of the London Deanery, University of London for some 15 years, during which time she was Lead Dean for the 6 Pathology specialties, until December 2010. During this period, she was seconded to the Department of Health to advise on the training of doctors and in 2007 became the Programme Director for the Chief Scientific Officer’s Modernising Scientific Careers programme, developing training and a career pathway for the healthcare science workforce. She was Director of Training and Education at the Royal College of Pathologists () from 2008-2010. In November 2017 Shelley was elected as Vice President (Learning) at the .
Shelley trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School and was subsequently a senior registrar at Great Ormond Street before being appointed to Barts as Senior lecturer in Medical Microbiology and later as Honorary Professor at University College London. She was appointed as the first Chief Executive at the Homerton Hospital and served on the North London Strategic Health Authority for 6 years. She was an Independent Member on the Northwest Londonand Chair of their Independent Assurance Committee for 4 years. Following a period of ill-health, Shelley set up SRRRH Consultancy Ltd in 2011, which provides health and healthcare education consultancy. Shelley has recently been appointed to the Board of Governors of the Inns of Court College of Advocacy as the Professional Education & Training Governor.
Non-Executive Director – Mrs Patricia Le Rolland
Patricia has worked in the public sector for over forty years. She worked in the, in healthcare education, in quality assurance and enhancement of higher education, and in statutory regulation of post-graduate medical specialist and training. Patricia has managed contracts, led on tenders and worked to meet the requirements of education commissioners and profession-specific regulators.
Training at St Thomas’s Hospital, Patricia specialised in intensive and coronary care before moving into medical oncology. She qualified and worked as a clinical teacher and teacher in healthcare settings. Her interests broadened out from a single profession to developing graduate and postgraduate courses that were multidisciplinary in nature. An Assistant Director at the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, she went on to the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board as Director of Quality, a UK wide statutory regulator and then spent a year advising the Postgraduate Board at the General Medical Council.
More recently Patricia was a self-employed consultant, is a Trustee/Director of Age UK Gloucestershire (), and Chair of the Board from 2017. Patricia started working with the Academy for Healthcare Science in 2014, becoming a non-executive director in 2018.