The Health Technology Wales Assessment Group quality assures our work, ensuring methodological and scientific rigour in the Health Technology Wales 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


Health Technology Wales 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).

Pippa Anderson

Dr Pippa Anderson

Head of Swansea Centre for Health Economics

Biography >
X 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.
Andrew Champion

Dr Andrew Champion

Assistant Director, Evidence Evaluation and Effectiveness

Biography >
X 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

Director, Cedar

Biography >
X 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.
Kiana Collins

Kiana Collins

Public Partner

Biography >
X Kiana works as the Knowledge Officer (Research and Evidence) at Prostate Cancer UK. She is responsible for delivering analyses and assisting projects to ensure that the organisation’s strategy is underpinned by a scientific and clinical evidence base. Kiana has a BSc (hons) in Molecular Biology and Economics and recently completed her MSc in Global Population Health at the London School of Economics where she was awarded Titmuss Prize for best overall performance.
James Evans

Dr James Evans

Research & Development Officer, Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory (SMTL)

Biography >
X 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).
Peter Groves

Dr Peter Groves

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Health Technology Wales Chair

Biography >
X 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.
Rob Orford

Dr Rob Orford

Chief Scientific Advisor, Welsh Government

Biography >
X 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.
Sarah Peddle

Sarah Peddle

Public Partner

Biography >
X Sarah joined the Involving People Network (IPN) – now public involvement community – in May 2017. She is also a member of the Public Involvement Delivery Board, a PRIME SUPER group and Consumer Panel for Data Linkage (SAIL) member. More recently, Sarah was appointed as a Theme Research Partner with the Wales Cancer Research Centre. Sarah is fully committed to supporting public involvement in research looks forward to contributing to Health Technology Wales' work.
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Diane Seddon

Reader in Social Care, Bangor University

Biography >
X Diane has lead in developing a successful social care research programme, attracting research grants totalling over £7 million. She has an established reputation for completing policy relevant research that has impact, including reviews of national policy implementation such as the National Carers Strategy in Wales for the Welsh Government. Diane contributes to the development and delivery of Welsh Government’s Research Infrastructure Support System and leads initiatives to better integrate research, policy and practice.
Corrine Squire

Dr Corinne Squire

Manager, South East Wales Academic Health Science Partnership, Health Science Network

Biography >
X 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.

To learn more about the purpose of the group, see the Health Technology Wales Assessment Group Terms of Reference.