The HTW Assessment Group quality assures our work, ensuring methodological and scientific rigour in the HTW processes. The group oversees the production of the Evidence Appraisal Reports (EARs) and considers independent expert input. Current members are listed below.
Assessment Group Members
HTW Director, Assessment Group Chair
Dr Susan Myles
Susan has been engaged in applied health technology assessment for 25 years. Before joining Health Technology Wales, she led the development and work of the Scottish Health Technologies Group. Susan has received scholarships from the Department of Health and Medical Research Council, and is a previous recipient of a Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy. She holds qualifications in Economics (BA), Health Economics (MSc & PhD) and Epidemiology (PgDip).
Dr Pippa Anderson
Head of Swansea Centre for Health Economics
Pippa moved into the field of health economics and outcomes research after gaining her Masters in Health Economics. Following her time in health economics consultancy, Pippa followed a long held ambition to complete a PhD in Health Economics and joined Swansea University, where she is now Acting Head and a Director of the Swansea Centre for Health Economics. Her expertise covers economic analysis, priority setting, healthcare policy, and research and economic evaluation using observational data.
Dr Andrew Champion
Assistant Director, Evidence Evaluation and Effectiveness
Andrew has worked in the NHS for almost 30 years, covering a wide range of research and managerial roles. A strong interest in evidence-based medicine led to his appointment in 2003 as Manager/Director of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) clinical guideline programme. In 2016 Andrew took up his current role at the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee (WHSSC), where he is now enhancing the evidence-based decision making approach across the organisation.
Professor Grace Carolan-Rees
Grace is a medical physicist with experience in nuclear medicine, ultrasound, radiation protection and non-ionising radiation. Grace is a Registered Clinical Scientist, Chartered Scientist and Fellow of the Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine. Grace is an Honorary Visiting Professor at Cardiff University School of Engineering, Research & Development lead for Clinical Diagnostics & Therapeutics at Cardiff & Vale UHB, and sits on the Local Research Ethics Committee.
Dr James Evans
Director, Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory
James works as a Research & Development Officer at the Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory. His work centres on carrying out evidence reviews for the Evidence Based Procurement Board. Previously James worked at Cedar, a healthcare technology research centre, where his work fed into the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence's (NICE) Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme and Interventional Procedures Programme. James has a BSc (Hons) in Microbiology and a PhD in Microbiology (Cardiff University).
Dr Peter Groves
Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, HTW Chair
Peter is a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at the University Hospital of Wales. He is also Chair of the MHRA Devices Expert Advisory Committee and the NICE Medical Technologies Advisory Committee, and has a great interest in the regulation and health technology assessment of innovative medical devices in the context of the UK NHS. Peter is committed to teaching and research, and has published widely on the scientific basis for medical technology development and utilisation.
Dr Rob Orford
Chief Scientific Advisor, Welsh Government
Rob has been the Chief Scientific Adviser for Health since January 2017. He is the professional lead for Genomics, Imaging, Pathology and Healthcare Science, and is involved in developing strategic national programmes in diagnostics and health science. He works closely with the Executive Directors of Therapies and Health Science, HTW and is sponsor of the Welsh Scientific Advisory Committee. He is an external working group member of the European Scientific Committee for Health, Environment and Emerging Risks.
Dr Corinne Squire
Manager, South East Wales Academic Health Science Partnership, Health Science Network
Corinne is an Innovation Specialist and Manager of the South East Wales Academic Health Science Partnership, working at the interface of academia and NHS to stimulate new partnerships between research organisations and the commercial sector. She has academic research experience in Biochemistry, Molecular biology & Chemistry, and industrial experience in Biotech start-ups. Before her current role, Corinne worked in Technology Transfer at Cardiff University and Translational Research with Severnside Alliance.