The Health Technology Wales Assessment Group quality assures our work, ensuring methodological rigour in the HTW processes. The group oversees the production of the Evidence Appraisal Reports (EARs) and considers independent expert input.

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Dr Susan Myles
Assessment Group Chair

Health Technology Wales Director, Assessment Group Chair

Biographyof Dr Susan Myles
Assessment Group Chair
Close Biography of Dr Susan Myles
Assessment Group Chair
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).

Bernie Sewell

Senior Lecturer in Health Economics at the Swansea Centre for Health Economics, Swansea University

Biographyof Bernie Sewell
Close Biography of Bernie Sewell Berni is the senior health economist and health technology assessment lead at the Swansea Centre for Health Economics at Swansea University and a co-applicant and communications and engagement lead at Health and Care Economics Cymru. She has led a variety of health economic evaluations of new interventions, treatments and services including real-world evaluations based on routine data, model-based evaluations, NICE guidelines and cost-effectiveness analyses alongside large multicentre randomised controlled trials, currently especially in the fields of cancer, prevention and COVID-19.
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Diane Seddon

Reader in Social Care, Bangor University

Biographyof Diane Seddon
Close Biography of Diane Seddon 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.

Dr Eleanor Johnson

Senior Research Lead, Social Care Wales

Biographyof Dr Eleanor Johnson
Close Biography of Dr Eleanor Johnson Eleanor is a former care worker and social care researcher who is passionate about evidence based social care practice. In her current role as Senior Research Lead at Social Care Wales, Eleanor oversees the creation and communication of evidence summaries and topic content for The Insight Collective website. This provides social care workers with the evidence and support they need to make a positive difference to social care in Wales.

Emma Hughes

PPI Advisor

Biographyof Emma Hughes
Close Biography of Emma Hughes Emma is a dynamic policy strategist with a successful background in driving forward change at local and national level. She has experience working with the private, public and third sector and is actively engaged in the public affairs agenda of government and shaping health and social care policy. Emma is the Policy and Engagement Manager for the charity, Genetic Alliance UK. She has worked for the past six years to help improve systems and processes for rare disease patients in accessing orphan and ultra-orphan medicines, technologies and specialised services.

Ian Rees

Consultant Social Worker, Neath Port Talbot Social Services

Biographyof Ian Rees
Close Biography of Ian Rees Ian Rees is a Consultant Social Worker with Neath Port Talbot Social Services, with over 40 years’ experience in working in Substance Misuse and Children’s services, he also chairs the local Gypsy Traveller Working Party. In his current post he is responsible for Knowledge Mobilisation, finding creative links between the needs of Social Services and academia.
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Dr James Evans

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

Biographyof Dr James Evans
Close Biography of Dr James Evans 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).
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Jennifer Hilgart

Quality Assurance Editor, Cochrane

Biographyof Jennifer Hilgart
Close Biography of Jennifer Hilgart Jen currently works for Cochrane as a Quality Assurance Editor, assessing the methodological quality of systematic reviews and review protocols. Prior to this, she worked in evidence synthesis at the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and for developing NICE guidelines. Jen has also worked in academia at Cardiff University and the Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care at the University of South Wales.
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Professor John Staffurth

Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Velindre University NHS Trust

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Dr Julia Platts

Consultant in Diabetes and Medicine, Cardiff and Vale UHB

Mark Briggs

Assistant Director of Innovation Cardiff and Vale University Health Board & Adoption Ambassador for Precision Medicine Life Sciences Hub Wales

Biographyof Mark Briggs
Close Biography of Mark Briggs Mark is the Assistant Director for Innovation for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and the Precision Medicine Ambassador for the Life Sciences Hub Wales. Prior to this he was Co-Director Midland-Wales Advanced Therapies Treatment Centre, Programme Lead for Advanced Therapies Wales, Head of Cell and Gene Therapy for the Welsh Blood Service and Head of Strategy for Research, Development and Innovation Velindre University NHS Trust having previously spent more than 20 years within R&D in the commercial Life Sciences industry.
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Professor Peter Groves

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Health Technology Wales Chair

Biographyof Professor Peter Groves
Close Biography of Professor Peter Groves 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.
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Dr Rachel Gemine

Assistant Director of Evidence, Evaluation and Effectiveness, NHS Wales Joint Commissioning Committee

Biographyof Dr Rachel Gemine
Close Biography of Dr Rachel Gemine Dr Rachel Gemine is Assistant Director of Evidence, Evaluation and Effectiveness at NHS Wales Joint Commissioning Committee; Honorary Senior Lecturer at Swansea University and Associate Editor at BMJ Leader. Rachel has over 15-years’ experience in R&I and has collaborated on bids totalling over £20million. Rachel is experienced in qualitative and quantitative research, innovation pathways and use of data in R&I. Rachel also has an interest in leadership and management.
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Dr Rhys Morris

Director, Cedar Evaluation Centre

Biographyof Dr Rhys Morris
Close Biography of Dr Rhys Morris 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.
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Ruth Lewis

Senior Lecturer, North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research (NWCPCR), Bangor University

Biographyof Ruth Lewis
Close Biography of Ruth Lewis Ruth is a senior lecturer at the North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research (NWCPCR), Bangor University. She is also a member of the PRIME Centre Wales (the Wales Centre for Primary and Emergency Care Research) and the Wales COVID-19 Evidence Centre. Ruth has over 20 years’ experience as a systematic review methodologist. She has worked on a variety of review types covering a wide range of therapeutic indications and interventions for both technology appraisals and clinical guidelines. Prior to her research career, she worked in the NHS as an allied health professional and in clinical audit. She has a PhD in Health economics.
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Sarah Peddle

Public Partner

Biographyof Sarah Peddle
Close Biography of Sarah Peddle 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.

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