LLM Cardiff (Law Applied to Medical Practice)

MA Oxford

PhD Sheffield (Statistical Mechanics/ Structure of Liquids)

AKC (Associateship of King’s College, London)

BSc Kings College London(Theoretical Physics) with first class honours and the Principal’s Medal

Posts Held

Trustee Progress Educational Trust

Member and vice chair Advisory committee Progress Educational Trust

Associate:  History of Medicine Department UCL 

Clinical and Service Research Facilitator, Eastman Dental hospital

Oral/dental Lead UKBiobank

Oral/dental Lead Central & East London CLRN

Expert Adviser Joint UCL/UCLH Biomedical Research Centre


Head, Dental Team Studies Unit, Eastman Dental Hospitaland Institute

Secretary, Nuffield Foundation Enquiry into the Education and Training of Personnel auxiliary to Dentistry

Head of Public Relations, UK Cancer Research Campaign

Senior Administrative Officer, Medical Research Council HQ

Sir Henry Royce Research Fellow, University of Manchester Medical School Department of Rheumatology

Guinness Research Fellow, New College and the University of Oxford Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics

Nuffield Scholar and Research Fellow, Wolfson Collegeand Zoology Department, University of Oxford

Lecturer, Physics Department, University of Sheffield


Long term interest has been medical, including dental, research: carried it out; analysed, managed, administered, explained, written and broadcasted about it.  Served on numerous committees and acted as secretary for many more both local and national.

Present interests cover: the study of innovation in medicine/healthcare, in collaboration with  the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, UCL; the development of a clinical/service delivery research programme at the Eastman Dental Hospital; development of evolutionary medicine module in UCL Medical School.

Career Overview

Academic research in theoretical physics ( Universityof Sheffield) followed by structural molecular biology (Universities of Oxford and Manchester); senior posts at the Medical Research Council Head Office, and the (then) Cancer Research Campaign. Interest in dentistry began in 1991 with my appointment as Secretary to the Nuffield Foundation’s Inquiry: Education and Training of Personnel Auxiliary to Dentistry. Dentistry has been a main interest since then: Head Dental Team Studies Unit, Eastman Dental Hospital and Institute; Vice-dean Research, Eastman Dental Institute;  oral/dental lead for UKBiobank; lead oral/dental specialty group, Central& East London NIHR CLRN; founder member Evidence-based Dentistry Board; research and development projects, University of Sheffield School of Clinical Dentistry, 1994-2005.  Interest has broadened in recent years into medical research more generally, with appointment as Expert Adviser Joint UCL/UCLH Biomedical Research Centre and an affiliation with the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, UCL

Some other organisations worked with

Projects with: Anglia Television; Animals in Medical Research Information Centre (AMRIC; Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC); British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS); British Society for Dental Research (BSDR); Celltech/American Cyanamid; Community Fund; Edinburgh Science Festival; Human Genome Organisation (HUGO) Europe; Healthwork UK; Institute of Cancer Research (ICR); Medical Research Council (MRC); National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR); Nuffield Chelsea Education Trust; Royal Institution; Science Museum; Science Policy Support Group; University of Cambridge; Wellcome Trust; National endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA); NIHR Clinical Research Network


Research papers and reviews; articles, reports and background and position papers for eg: Nature, New Scientist, Health Services Journal, Education Guardian, Financial Times, THES, Scope, Scrip and Helix Magazines, Department of Health, Healthwork UK, Celltech, BBC, Smile-on, British Association for the Advancement of Science, Nuffield Foundation, Nuffield Chelsea Education Trust, Wellcome Trust; Cancer Research Campaign, Medical Research Council; Anglia Television; Celltech, British Society for Dental Research. Broadcasted frequently both on radio and television while with CRC.


Started new courses variously in: maths for biologists ( Oxford); statistics for psychology and medical students ( Oxford); probability and evidence for dental SPRs ( Eastman Dental Hospital);E evolution: What every doctor needs to know ( UCL Medical School); Health and Human Sciences Degree Programme (Faculty of Medicine, University of Sheffield).

Some particular ‘achievements’

Secretary to the Nuffield Foundation Inquiry into Personnel Auxiliary to Dentistry (published 1993): far reaching changes to the Dentists Act were proposed.  Recent years have seen the bringing into force of new legislation to enact the proposals.

Co-drafted RAE papers, Culyer R&D Decaration and Bid for the Eastman Dental Institute and Hospital (1994 – 1997) Institute scored 5; Hospital received £4.5mannual R&D funding

Co-drafted Culyer Declaration and Bid for UCLH NHS Trust: Trust awarded £30m, second largest award to an NHS Trust.

New Schoolof Dental Therapy at the Eastman Dental Hospital: (1996 – 2005) NHS financing, totalling £2.5m, won to build the new school and secure 7 years of teaching contracts. 

Health & Human Sciences Degree Programme: new degree programme in Sheffield took its first undergraduates in 2000.

Development of Schoolof Dental Therapy in School of Clinical Dentistry, Sheffield (2001 – 2003): finance won from the National Dental Development Unit (2001-2003) facilitated major development of the School of Dental Therapyin Sheffield and shift towards community based teaching/learning.

UCL/UCLH Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre (2006) drafted bid to Department of Health on behalf of the Eastman Dental Hospital and Institute as part of an overall bid from University College London and UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  Eastman awarded £5million over 5 years.