The Academy Team

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President, Prof. Brendan Cooper

I have been Consultant Clinical Scientist in Respiratory and Sleep Physiology at University Hospital Birmingham for over 13 years and I also hold an Honorary Professorship in Respiratory & Sleep Physiology with the University of Birmingham. My professional work has spanned over 30 years and involves acting at consultant level as part of the respiratory medicine team and requires my clinical involvement in direct patient care, overseeing one of the largest respiratory physiology departments in Europe and being responsible for teaching and researching in respiratory physiology at both a national and international level.

I have a had a fairly unique role in my profession in that I have been a leader of my professional body for over 25 years, initially as Honorary Chair and more recently President of the Association for Respiratory Technology & Physiology. Furthermore, I have extended my professional leadership profile internationally through the European Respiratory Society as a Group Chair and then as Head of an Assembly (Allied Respiratory Professionals). This in turn has lead to opportunities to be a leader on numerous global respiratory physiology task forces on standards, reference values and international training courses. I have an international reputation as a researcher and clinical specialist in respiratory physiology split between lung function testing and sleep breathing disorders. My work in this area has recently been recognised with my award as a Fellow of the European Respiratory Society. I am the first UK healthcare scientist to be given this prestigious title.

My research career has spanned 34 years and has been varied in respect of; subjects (respiratory physiology, sleep, metabolism and exercise in humans); full-time and part-time research appointments, and my role as a biologist, physiologist, clinician and investigator. I have over 150 peer-reviewed published papers and a further 150 scientific abstracts to my name, and I am actively involved with grant applications (NIHRBLF, etc.), research trials, and I support both undergraduate and postgraduate research staff at the university. I also lead a modest research programme in the Lung Function & Sleep department at QEHB where we are investigating new technologies for assessing breathing and lung function in the early stages of respiratory disease as well as validating commercial diagnostic equipment. I lead a programme of research looking at the acute effects of E-cigarettes on lung function and analysing breathing patterns in disease.

I am proud to be President of AHCS and endeavour to bring all scientists in healthcare together to express “One Voice” on behalf of all our professions.

Business Manager, Keisha Asamoaht

Keisha is responsible for business planning and delivery; supporting policy development and implementation.

GDPR Consultant, Christine Gifford

Christine is the AHCS GDPR consultant and provides advice on processes and protocol, as well as providing up to date training to our staff.

Leadership Ambassador – Ruth Thomsen

Ruth is the Scientific Director, NHSE London and works with the Academy to promote leadership within the Healthcare Science Community.  Ruth instigated the Practical Skills in Education and Leadership course, which has been delivered to over 450 healthcare scientists since implementation.

Head of Standards, Elaine Jenkins

Elaine is the Head of Standards with oversight of the Academy’s Standards, its Equivalences processes, and quality assurance matters.

Elaine also undertakes project work with other organisations on behalf of the Academy, currently with the Centre for Advancing Practice where she is Lead for the ePortfolio (supported) Route.

STP Lead, Lynne Smith

Lynne is the AHCS STP Programme Lead for the Certificate of Attainment and the Certificate of Equivalence.

Head of Registration Services (Healthcare Science), Paul Lawton MSc BSc

Job share – Deputy Registrar

 

Deputy Registrar, Jude Savage

Job Share – Deputy Registrar

 

Life Science Industry Advisor, Clive Powell

Clive advises and supports the Life Science Industry National Credentialing register by ensuring its standards, policies, procedures and guidance are up to date and relevant.

Clinical Research Practitioner Advisor, Fiona O’Neill

Fiona advises and supports the development of a professional identity and standards for Clinical Research Practitioners through its Directory and Register.

HCS Registration Council Chair, Professor Barry Hirst

Barry joined the AHCS in 2017 as a lay member and currently chairs the Healthcare Science Registration Council and the Education, Standards and Accreditation Panel.

IT Lead, Mark Dixon

Mark manages the security of all IT equipment, maintenance of the email system and document storage as well as the specification and development of new database systems.

Head of Administration, Fiona Fiorentino

Fiona manages the 5 strong administration team, ensuring back office operational functions operate smoothly.  Fiona also manages the website, SharePoint, internal HR processes, and third party contractual arrangements.

Executive Assistant, Kirsty Clark

Kirsty heads up the Professional Bodies Council administration, the Honorary Fellowship nominations process, Life Science Industry National Credentialing Register and deputises for the Head of Administration. Kirsty also undertakes routine register administration and is passionate about mental health and wellbeing, sharing resources and tools internally and to our registrants.

Communications & Marketing Co-Ordinator, Carly Allen

Carly co-ordinates all our communications with registrants and external stakeholders via our website, newsletters and social media platforms and undertakes routine register administration.  If you would like to get involved, or write an article for us, you can contact Carly at carly.allen@ahcs.ac.uk

Regulation Operations & Fitness to Practise Manager, Zoey Harries

Zoey manages the AHCS complaints and Fitness to Practise processes, and undertakes routine register administration.

Data Analyst & New Business Administrator, Marketa Nyklova

Marketa collects, scrutinises and interprets our data to aid business decisions, and undertakes routine register administration.

Administration Assistant, Marcia Owen

Marcia leads on equivalence administration and facilitates the Education, Standards and Accreditation Panel and undertakes routine register administration.

Project Administrator, Milly Brittain

Milly administers the Clinical Research Practitioner Directory and Register routes, as well as providing administration support to external stakeholders and undertaking routine register administration.