This group acts as a ‘front door’ for health technology developers, signposting them to organisations across Wales that can support the development, adoption and optimised use of health technologies. Current members are listed below.
Health and Care Research Wales
Head of Research, Innovation and Improvement, Hywel Dda University Health Board
Deputy Director, Bevan Commission
Siôn Charles is Deputy Director at Wales' leading health and care think tank, the Bevan Commission and Bevan Academy. He leads the Bevan Innovators programmes as well as being involved in business and policy development and Commission events. Siôn’s background is in organisational development and project management. As Deputy Director of Leadership and Organisational Development in NLIAH, he led the Wellbeing through Work project in collaboration with Remploy, and major IT projects delivery at DVLA.
Project Manager, SBRI Centre of Excellence
Lynda has worked in Project Management in the NHS for over 15 years and has a track record of successful project delivery. Lynda is currently the SBRI Centre Manager, an exciting role working across public sector organisations within Wales to identify health challenges and collaborating with industry to resolve these challenges by developing exciting innovations.
Dr Rhys Morris
Director, Cedar Evaluation Centre
Rhys has been Director of Cedar, the Centre for Healthcare Technology Research, since August 2020. He is a Consultant Clinical Scientist in Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering at the University Hospital of Wales, and has long experience of working with the Medical Device industry in the research and development of vascular diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. Rhys specialises in the prevention of mechanical DVT, and co-ordinates the teaching of Medical Physics at undergraduate level at Cardiff University.
Dr Susan Myles
Director, Health Technology Wales
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).
Programme Delivery Manager, Digital Health Ecosystem Wales
Helen manages the Digital Health Ecosystem Wales, making it easier and faster to adopt digital healthcare technology in Wales. Helen supports development of innovative digital projects in NHS Wales, building links with digital Ecosystems across UK and Europe. Helen previously worked as Business Development Director for Remploy in Wales, building Remploy’s portfolio of employability activity across Wales. Helen has 20 years’ experience in public affairs, stakeholder engagement, business development and operational delivery of government funded programmes.
Abi has worked in Welsh Government for 15 years, holding a variety of policy and delivery roles focussed on innovation and the development and implementation of new technologies. She has a BSc in Business Studies, an MSc in Health Policy and has been involved in a number of programmes including SMART Cymru and the Efficiency through Technology Programme. She is currently Head of Integrated Policy, a cross cutting role to improve policy making and delivery across Welsh Government.
Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory (SMTL)
Pete is the Director of the NHS Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory (SMTL) in Bridgend. SMTL test medical devices, undertake usability testing and provide technical advice to the Welsh NHS including the NWSSP Evidence Based Procurement Board. He sits on a number of BSI medical device committees, and chairs the Welsh Non Luer Connectors Reference Group for Welsh Government, BSI committee CH/205/1 for medical textiles, and CEN/TC/205/1 WG15/PG1 for wound management products.
Head of Health & Care Engagement, Life Sciences Hub Wales
Head of Strategic Sourcing, NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership