Members of the Regulation Board

Biographies of the members of the Regulation Board


Janet Monkman,  Registrar

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.


Nicki Dill, Chair of the LSI Registration Council

From a clinical background and possessing over 28 years’ experience in the UK/International Medical Device Industry, including 23 years’ management experience in Anaesthesia, Respiratory and Critical Care, I have a proven track record of effective engagement with key stakeholders and delivering innovation.

As Managing Director, I work in close partnership with the NHS, including the Academic Health Science Networks, as well as with numerous professional bodies and organisations. In 2008, I was awarded the “Langton Hewer Award to Industry” by the Association of Anaesthetists for Great Britain & Ireland (AAGBI).

I currently serve as Deputy Chair of the Life Science Industry Registration Council, and as Chair for Barema, the Association for Anaesthetic and Respiratory Device Suppliers, representing this Association on the AAGBI Safety Committee.

I am dedicated to a positive future for the NHS, innovation and role of the Academic Health Science Networks.

Rob Farley

Dr Robert Farley (Professional member)

Rob Farley is currently the professional lead for Healthcare Science at NHS Education for Scotland (NES). His NES appointment followed a secondment from the NHS in 2006 to the Scottish Government’s Health Department, where he led publication of Scotland’s first Healthcare Science Action Plan. Whilst in the Scottish Government he worked with UK policy colleagues on the formulation of the HCS modernisation project; he is a member of the project’s Education and Training Scrutiny Group.

He is a registered Clinical Scientist, a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institute for Physics and Engineering in Medicine. Prior to his government policy role and current post, Rob worked in NHS service for over 20 years both as a clinical bioengineer in rehabilitation technology, and in other Clinical Scientist roles in medical physics departments in Scotland. He also has had a teaching sabbatical in West Africa, and worked for short periods in higher education and in the oil sector.

He has experience in quality systems development, the commercialisation of NHS ideas and clinical research whilst in employment in NHS Greater Glasgow – where he obtained his PhD in conjunction with the respiratory physiology service. He has acted as visiting lecturer to AHP and Clinical Scientist training programmes in Scotland. Rob has been a Clinical Scientist Partner with the then Health Professions Council, gaining experience of the purpose and processes underpinning statutory regulation.

Rob believes that registration is an essential component in publicly demonstrating the duty of care and credibility we have with service users.


Ian Shackell (lay)

Ian has extensive experience in risk management, regulation, governance and finance, particularly in the insurance industry. He was a senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers and has since been Head of Internal Audit at Aviva and has served on various Boards including Amlin Underwriting from 2000 to 2006 and Cardif Pinnacle (BNP Paribas Group) from 2008 to 2010.

Ian has since provided senior interim management services to many large organisations particularly in risk management, corporate governance and compliance and now acts as a consultant and mentor. Ian is a Chartered Director and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He holds a BA from Leeds University.

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Dean Fathers (Lay Member)

Dean became Chair of Nottinghamshire Healthcare in January 2011. Alongside his duties in the NHS, Dean is also a Non-Executive Director with the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman, a Board Member of the GLLEP and a Professor of Organisational Resilience at the University of Lincoln where he is Chair of the National Centre for Organisational Resilience.

Prior to becoming Chair of Nottinghamshire Healthcare, Dean chaired NHS Bassetlaw, was a Non-Executive Director of the South Yorkshire Strategic Health Authority and also chaired Doncaster Health Authority. Dean has additionally been Chair of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Dean has a strong interest in leadership, executive development and governance. He has held roles on the NHS’s National Training Group, chaired the East Midlands SHA’s Learning and Development Board, was a Founder and Board Member of the East Midlands Leadership Academy, held roles on two Workforce Development Boards and is on the Midlands Regional Talent Board. He currently sits on the NHS’s Workforce Race Equality Standards (WRES) Advisory Group, the NHS’s Culture Advisory Group, has been involved with both the Accelerated Access Review and the National Strategy for Improvement and Leadership Development Advisory Group (Smith Review) and is a member of NHS Improvement’s Chairs’ Advisory Partnership Board, on the Board of NHS Providers and was formerly Vice Chair of the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network.