This group acts as a ‘front door’ for health and social care 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.

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Michael Bowdery

Health and Care Research Wales

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Elin Brock

Head of Research, Innovation and Improvement, Hywel Dda University Health Board

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Siôn Charles

Deputy Director, Bevan Commission

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X 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.
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Lynda Jones

Project Manager, SBRI Centre of Excellence

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X 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

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X 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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Dr Susan Myles

Director, Health Technology Wales

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X 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).
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Abi Phillips

Welsh Government

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X 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.
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Andrew Smallwood

Head of Strategic Sourcing, NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership

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Dr James Evans

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

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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).
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Delyth James

Programme Lead, DHEW

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Rachel Powell

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Debbie Laubach

Operations Manager, MediWales

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X Debbie oversees all event organisation and activities at MediWales and frequently engages with members. She creates and facilitates relationships across the sector, assisting in collaboration and understanding the needs of the life science community.

Rachel Gemine

Senior Researcher Development, TriTech Institute, Hywel Dda University Health Board

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X Dr Rachel Gemine, Research & Development and TriTech Institute at Hywel Dda University Health Board, leads on grant applications and management of research and evaluation. She has collaborated or led on bids totalling over £2million and won numerous awards including MediWales Research Excellence Award. Rachel is experienced in qualitative and quantitative methods, trial design, study management and patient involvement.
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Aimee Twinberrow

Project Lead, Life Science Hub Wales

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