NREAP People


Andrew-George-photoProfessor Andrew George

Andrew George is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education and International) at Brunel University London, and Professor of Immunology. He is a member of the Clinical Trials, Biologicals and Vaccines Expert Advisory Group for the Commission of Human Medicines/MHRA and the governor of Richmond Adult Community College and the John Hampden Grammar School.




P-Heasman-photoProfessor Peter Heasman

Peter Heasman is Professor of Periodontology and Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at the School of Dental Sciences, Newcastle University. He is currently Chair of the York Research Ethics Committee having previously chaired Newcastle 1 REC. Professor Heasman Chairs the Medical Devices Research Collaboration Group and has a particular interest in the ethical review of medical device, prison and Phase 1 clinical research. He has been a member of NREAP since its inception in 2009.


Soren HolmProfessor Søren Holm

Søren Holm is a medical doctor and philosopher. He is professor of bioethics at Manchester University and professor of medical ethics (part-time) at the University of Oslo.

He is currently the Editor In Chief of the journal Clinical Ethics and the former Editor in Chief of the Journal of Medical Ethics. He is a member of the UK Biobank Ethics and Governance Council and the UK Stem Cell Bank Steering Committee. He is also the Chair of the University of Manchester Committee on the Ethics of Research on Human Beings.

He has previously held the Presidency of the European Society for the Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care and was a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics from 2006-2012. He has published extensively on a wide range of issues in bioethics and the philosophy of medicine and is currently working on issues in research ethics in relation to biobanks.


John KeenDr John Keen

John Keen has been a GP in Chiswick since 1988. He is the chair of the London – City & East. Research Ethics Committees and is a member of the Home Office UKBA Family Returns Panel.

He is a Director of NowMedical Ltd, a company that provides medical and psychiatric advice to the housing departments of local authorities, housing associations and trusts, on matters such as medical priority for allocations and transfers, vulnerability for priority need, and special housing needs.



Ros LevensonMs Ros Levenson

Ros Levenson is an independent researcher, writer, evaluator and policy consultant, with a particular interest in health and social care, including medical ethics.

Ros has worked for a wide range of organisations and has published widely. She has experience of working in health services, the voluntary sector and local government social services.

Ros is currently a non-executive director of the NHS Litigation Authority. She is also a member of the Architects Registration Board.

Ros was a lay member of the General Medical Council (GMC) and Chair of the GMC Standards and Ethics committee from 2009 to 2012. She served for 5 years on the Ethics and Confidentiality Committee of the National Information Governance Board until September 2010, and for 3 years as a lay member of the National Commissioning Group until October 2010.  She was also a non-executive director of an NHS Trust for 10 years and deputy Chair of the Trust for 6 years until she completed her term of appointment in November 2007.


Mark SheehanDr Mark Sheehan

Mark Sheehan is Oxford NIHR Biomedical Research Centre Ethics Fellow at the Ethox Centre, a Research Fellow at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and a Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at St. Benet’s Hall, University of Oxford.  He received his PhD in Philosophy from the City University of New York, where his PhD thesis was on the nature of moral judgements. Prior to coming to Oxford he was a lecturer in the Centre for Professional Ethics at Keele University, Ethics Fellow at the Mt. Sinai Medical School, New York and Adjunct Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at The City College of New York.

He has more than 15 years’ experience of teaching and research in medical ethics, and has published widely in the field. His current research interests include research ethics and governance, ethics and reproductive technologies, ethical issues in resource allocation, commercialisation and health, and issues surrounding methodology in bioethics.

He is a member of the Advisory Group for National Specialised Services (AGNSS), vice-chair of the Thames Valley Priorities Forum (MOBBB) for the South Central Strategic Health Authority and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics.


Simon WoodsDr Simon Woods

Simon Woods is a senior lecturer and Co- Director of the Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre, an ethics ‘think tank’ at Newcastle University involved in research teaching and public engagement on the ethical and social implications of the life sciences. He was one of the original NREAs appointed in 2009.

He spent 10 years as a clinical cancer nurse and Macmillan lecturer and he holds bachelor and doctoral degrees in philosophy. Simon is the former Vice Chair of the North East – Newcastle and North Tyneside 1 Research Ethics Committee as well as being a member of several national and international ethics committees. He also provides training to members of such committees.

He has conducted empirical and conceptual research in bioethics and has taught and published widely in the field. Current research concerns are the ethical and social implications of early human development research, medical nano-technology, and translational research in neuromuscular diseases.



Dr Malcolm Boyce

Malcolm Boyce qualified in physiology and medicine in Bristol, and subsequently became: Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians; Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine; and Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College.

He has held various posts in clinical and academic medicine, and has worked for several of the major pharmaceutical companies. During his time in the industry, he carried out or co-ordinated numerous clinical trials in Europe and the USA across all phases of drug development, with a wide variety of new compounds.

Since 1993, Malcolm has been the Managing Director of Hammersmith Medicines Research, London, a contract research organisation, where he has also been the Principal Investigator for over 630 phase 1 and early phase 2 trials for pharmaceutical/biotech companies worldwide.

He is the chairman of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine Advisory Committee for the Diploma/Certificate in Human Pharmacology, and a member of the MHRA GCP Consultative Committee, NRES Phase 1 Advisory Group, and the Founding Council of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.  He was a member and alternate chair of the London Research Ethics Committee 1997–2007.

HRA Ethics Guidance and Strategy Manager

CJ CollettClive Collett

Clive Collett is the HRA Ethics Guidance & Strategy Manager and is responsible for the provision of the secretariat for the panel. He has a degree in biology from King’s College, London and following a brief period as a VAT inspector spent seven years working as a medical research assistant at both the Royal Postgraduate Medical School (now part of Imperial College) and University College, London. He has been involved in the work of research ethics committees since 1996 when he became the Assistant R&D Manager at Hammersmith Hospital with responsibility for the local REC (now  the ‘West London & GTAC’ REC) for which he was the coordinator until April 2012.

He is a lay member of the Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committee (MoDREC). Clive also has a PgDip in Healthcare Ethics and MA in Medical Ethics & Law, both from King’s College, London.