Members of the AHCS Registration Council

Biographies of the members of the AHCS Registration Council



Mrs Patricia Le Rolland (Lay member)

Patricia has worked in the public sector for over forty years. She worked in the NHS, in healthcare education, in quality assurance and enhancement of higher education, and in statutory regulation of post-graduate medical specialist and GP 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 (AUKG), 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.

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Christine Forde (Lay member)

Christine is a qualified solicitor in England & Wales and has both private and public sector legal experience. Christine’s private sector legal experience was gained over a period of seven years in medium sized law firms. She has experience of insurance litigation matters and specialised in planning and environmental law.

Currently, Christine is the statutory Monitoring Officer and Assistant Director of Legal & Democratic Services at Coventry City Council. Christine has overall responsibility across the Council for governance and regulatory matters. Her portfolio includes responsibility for the City Coroner, Register Office for Births, Deaths and Marriages, Legal Services and Audit & Risk.

Christine is a Board Director of Lawyers in Local Government (LLG), which is an organisation that represents all solicitors working in local government in England & Wales. Christine is also the Chair of the West Midlands region for LLG.

In September 2013 Christine was appointed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) as a Panel Adjudicator and also chairs Adjudication panels. The SRA is the independent regulatory body that regulates solicitors and law firms in England & Wales. Christine has made first instance and appeal decisions as a panel member and also as a single Adjudicator. She has also provided training to SRA staff on effective decision-making and report drafting.


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 Mechanical 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 had a short teaching sabbatical in West Africa.

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. Until recently Rob was a Clinical Scientist Partner with the then Health Professions Council, gaining experience of the purpose and processes underpinning statutory regulation.


Simon Brown (Professional member) 

Simon Brown was formerly Registrar of the Committee for the Accreditation of Medical Illustration Practitioners (CAMIP) and one of the Directors of CAMIP appointed by the Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI). He joined the Regulation Council after the CAMIP Register transferred to the Academy in 2017.

Simon trained in medical photography and illustration in the late 1970s, worked in the former Chelsea & Westminster Medical School, then the Institute of Child Health and The Hospitals for Sick Children in Great Ormond Street, then at UCL. He has an MSc in Medical Illustration (Photography & Video), is a Fellow of IMI and a Fellow of the BioCommunications Association (BCA) in America.

Simon is a former Chairman of IMI, a current member of their Education Committee and has been actively involved in training and education for medical illustrators since the 1990s. Simon is self-employed, offering consultancy and training.


Steve Harris (Lay member)

Steve was indentured to Cunard in 1964 as an apprentice Marine Engineer and when qualified four and a half years later he worked for Cunard, Brocklebank and Union Castle before leaving in 1972 due to the drastic reduction in the British Merchant fleet. The rest of his career was spent working in the Record Management space which incorporated microfilm, scanning and paper records management. The latter was mainly with the Public Sector where he managed records for DOH, HMRC, the Treasury and much of the Nuclear industry plus many NHS Trusts.

In 2016 Steve became a Lay Chair for AHCS assessment panels and attended many interviews with inspirational applicants and clinical and scientific specialists. In 2018 he started working on the HSS and PTP Equivalence programmes and has now joined the AHCS Registration Council.