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Authority members

The HTA Board consists of a Chair and 11 Authority Members

Nine Authority Members are appointed by the Secretary of State for Health, one member is appointed by the Welsh Government and one member is appointed by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland.

The professional Members of our Board come from medical and scientific backgrounds linked to our work, and the lay Members bring a wide range of business, commercial and public sector experience.

The work of the Board is varied and includes:

  • Setting the strategic direction of the HTA;
  • Monitoring progress against strategic objectives;
  • Making decisions on policy issues of strategic importance;
  • Challenging, scrutinising and monitoring the performance of the Senior Management Team;
  • Approving and monitoring the communications strategy;
  • Ensuring that the views of stakeholders are properly accounted for in decision making;
  • Ensuring that resources are adequate to deliver the strategy and are used efficiently and effectively;
  • Overseeing the remuneration arrangements for the Senior Management Team and staff;
  • Participating in Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee and Members’ groups;
  • Acting as a panel Member for certain decisions on living organ donation

Member biographies

Sharmila Nebhrajani  

Ms Sharmila Nebhrajani OBE

Sharmila became Chair of the HTA on 1 April 2014 after a varied career in business, the media and science. Previously she was the Chief Executive of the Association of Medical Research Charities and the Chief Operating Officer of BBC Future Media and Technology, the division that launched and ran the BBC website and the iPlayer. Sharmila is also a board member of the British Medical Journal and the Pension Protection Fund, as well as serving on the General Council of the University of Sussex.

Hossam Abdalla  

Mr Hossam Abdalla

Sam is a Consultant Gynaecologist, Specialist in In-Vitro Fertilisation and Clinical Director of The Lister Fertility Clinic. He publishes and lectures regularly on many aspects of assisted conception and is particularly interested in women with reduced ovarian reserve and high follicle stimulating hormone.  As well as consulting, Sam is a highly skilled gynaecological Surgeon specialising in laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery and removal of fibroids (myomectomy). Sam has a keen interest in and is a leading expert on oocyte donation.

mr brian coulter  

Mr Brian Coulter

Brian's working life has encompassed health and social services, social housing and criminal justice. He has served as a specialist ombudsman for Northern Ireland prisons and as Chief Executive of a not-for-profit social housing and social care provider organisation. He was honored in the 2003 New Years Honours for services to social housing. For 10 years, Brian championed patient and public involvement in the health and social services as Chairman of the Eastern Health and Social Services Council. He is a member of the General Optical Council and the Public Health Agency for Northern Ireland. He has chaired a ministerial review of community care, taken part in an independent review of aspects of endoscopy services and latterly, held responsibility for investigating deaths in custody.

Susan Dilly  

Professor Susan Dilly

Susan has been a pathologist since 1980 and has been a consultant at St George's Hospital, the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and  the Royal London Hospital. She has been Clinical Professor at Barts and the London Medical School - part of Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) - since 2006. In September 2010, she took on the additional role of Vice Principal for Teaching and Learning at QMUL. She is also an external examiner for Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists, Trustee of Centre for the Cell and Governor of the Drapers' Academy.

Amanda Gibbon  

Mrs Amanda Gibbon

Amanda is chair of both the University College London Hospitals (UCLH) Organ Donation Committee and the UCL/UCLH Biobank Ethical Review Committee, having been a governor of UCLH NHS Foundation Trust from 2004 – 2011. She has been a member of the UK Donation Ethics Committee since 2012 and is also a lay member of NHS Blood and Transplant’s National Organ Donation Committee and of a guideline update committee at National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Amanda is a living organ donor, having donated a kidney to her husband in 2008. She is also a trustee of various charities and a magistrate.


Mrs Rosie Glazebrook

Rosie chairs a Research Ethics Committee, is a Board Member of Public Health England and a member of a health research funding board. She represents the public at the Food Standards Agency on the Consumer Advisory Panel and Microbiological Safety of Food Committee, and is a Trustee of Book Aid International. During 2013, Rosie was an External Reviewer for the Clwyd-Hart Review on NHS Complaints. Previously, she worked with NHS London to help launch and develop the award-winning site, myhealthlondon, and was a Non-Executive Director of a London Primary Care Trust (PCT) and subsequent cluster of four PCTs. She has held senior commercial positions at Dr Foster, News International, Macmillan Press and Oxford University Press.

Andy Hall  

Professor Andy Hall

Andy is Associate Dean of Translational Research at Newcastle University. After qualification as a clinical haematologist he developed a research programme in childhood leukaemia before becoming the Director of the Northern Institute for Cancer Research. He has a long-standing interest in the use of tissues for research and is the Designated Individual for the Newcastle University HTA research licence. He has served on several national grant awarding committees and currently chairs the scientific advisory board for the Bone Cancer Research Trust and sits on the National Institute for Health Research Career Development, Senior Research and Transitional Research Fellowship panel.

Bill Horne  

Mr Bill Horne

A former police officer, Bill represented the Association of Chief Police Officers on several national bodies. Following that career he has held a number of public service roles. He is currently a non-legal member of the Employment Tribunals for the Wales region and a Non-Executive Director of the Natural Resources and the Economy, Science and Transport Corporate Governance Committees within the Welsh Government.

Suzanne McCarthy  

Ms Suzanne McCarthy

Suzanne is currently the Immigration Services Commissioner. She is also chairman of the General Chiropractic Council. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of London and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ UK and Ireland Regulatory Board. She is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Public Accountants Disciplinary and Regulatory Committees and an Independent Appointed Person for the Greater London Authority. She was previously Chief Executive of both the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. She was also formerly a member of the General Medical Council, the Public Guardian Board and the Pensions Regulator's Determination Panel.


Professor Gurch Randhawa

Gurch is the current Professor of Diversity in Public Health and the Director of the Institute for Health Research at the University of Bedfordshire. He has served as a NHS Chairman for the last 12 years, most recently as the Chair of NHS Bedfordshire & NHS Luton (appointment ended March 31 2013). He has been a member of the UK Donation Ethics Committee since January 2010, and he was previously a non-executive director at UK Transplant. He is currently Co-Chair of the European Working Group on Public Issues in Organ Donation and Transplantation.

catharine seddon  

Ms Catharine Seddon

After many years as a film documentary producer for BBC TV and then as an independent producer for Channel 4, Catharine Seddon began working for the judiciary in 2002. She now sits on tribunals in the jurisdictions of Social Security, Employment and Mental Health and she is also a member of the Determinations Panel for The Pension Regulator. She is on the independent appeals committee for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and is a presiding magistrate in the City of Westminster. She is also a trustee for the London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy.

Anthony Warrens  

Professor Anthony Warrens

Anthony is a practicing consultant renal physician at the Royal London Hospital where his special interest is in transplantation medicine. He is Professor of Renal and Transplantation Medicine at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, and his research interests are mechanisms of rejection and attitudes to organ donation. Anthony is currently President of the British Transplantation Society and Dean for Education at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. He trained in Glasgow, Oxford, London and Boston USA.