Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs



The day-to-day running of the organisation and our licensing and inspection operations are managed by a small core team, which is split into four directorates and led by a Chief Executive.

Chief Executive

Alan Clamp, former Director of Regulation at the HTA, became CEO of the HTA on 1 October 2011. Alan joined the HTA in January 2011, with responsibility for all licensing and regulatory activities to promote confidence in the safe and ethical use of human tissues and organs.

Alan holds a degree in Natural Sciences, an MBA and a PhD in Clinical Biochemistry, and has considerable experience in the field of regulation as an inspector and as a senior manager. He has also managed successfully significant organisational change in national public sector organisations.

As the Chief Executive of the HTA, Alan is the Accounting Officer and is responsible for implementing the strategic plan of the organisation. This involves improving the efficiency and effectiveness of regulation, ensuring that the HTA has appropriate and productive relationships with its stakeholders, and leading and managing the skilled and dedicated workforce at the HTA. Alan is also responsible for ensuring that the HTA is governed effectively and provides good value for money.

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Director of Strategy and Quality

Allan joined the HTA in May 2009, prior to which he had worked for a number of years as a government statistician -most recently at the UK Statistics Authority.

At the HTA, Allan has corporate responsibility for the strategic and business planning process - working with the Authority to undertake its annual strategy review and ensuring that the strategy translates into effective business plans, supported by a robust performance management system. He also takes corporate responsibility for quality improvement of HTA systems and processes. In this capacity he chairs the HTA’s programme board to improve organisational focus on the delivery of change projects which produce business improvements.

Allan also has operational responsibility for the living organ donation assessment team. The team evaluates reports of interviews with donors and recipients undertaken by our Independent Assessors and approves around 1200 living organ donations a year. He also has responsibility for policy development in this area, and is currently leading a fundamental review of the HTA’s approach to assessing living organ donation cases to minimise regulatory burdens while continuing to provide independent protection to living organ donors.

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Director of Regulation

Sarah joined the HTA in October 2011 as Director of Regulation.

Sarah leads the Regulation Directorate managing our licensing processes and overseeing inspections across all sectors. She leads the development of new policies and procedures including the implementation of the European Directive on the Quality and Safety of Organs Intended for Transplant.

Sarah has spent most of her career in regulation. She has worked at the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the General Medical Council managing governance processes, leading fitness to practise investigations and delivering service improvements.

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Director of Finance and Resources

Sue joined the HTA in October 2009, following a career largely in central government. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) – sitting as a member of CIMA’s Disciplinary Committee - and a qualified internal auditor.

From March 2014, Sue became Director at both the HTA and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and splits her time between the two organisations.

At the HTA Sue is responsible for leading and developing the financial and IT systems needed to support the HTA carry out its statutory functions, and the provision of other facilities and services, including legal advice. She oversees financial governance and leads on risk management, working with the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee to ensure the Authority has assurance that the HTA’s systems are effective and working to fulfil our remit and objectives. Sue drives forward the HTA’s efficiency work, determines licence fees each year and plays a key part in change management.

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Authority members

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
Chair of the Authority

Sharmila has been Chair of the Human Tissue Authority since April 2014. She also holds a part-time post as Director of External Affairs for the Medical Research Council. Sharmila was previously Chief Executive of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) after a varied career spanning business, media, technology and health. She spent 12 years at the BBC latterly as Chief Operating Officer of BBC Future Media and Technology, managing the business functions of including the launch of the iPlayer. She also served for two years as Executive Director of Finance and Performance for NHS Sussex.

Sharmila has held non-executive roles in a broad range of sectors including deputy chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the body that regulates all embryo research and licences assisted reproduction clinics in the UK and six years as a Charity Commissioner.  In addition to her non-executive work, she took a world fellowship at Yale University in 2007/08 where she lectured on both media policy and practical cases in medical ethics.

Sharmila is currently Board Member of the BMJ ,and the General Council of University of Sussex and is an Independent Trustee-director of the Towers Watson Master Trust pension scheme.

Authority Member

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.

Authority Member

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.

Authority Member

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.

Authority Member

Glenn resides in Northern Ireland, and has extensive experience of senior roles in the public sector, particularly within the Health and Social Care sector. A social worker by profession, he has 34 years’ experience of working in integrated health and social care bodies at frontline and senior management levels. He has been Chief Executive of the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority since 2009, and is also a member of the Advisory Board of the European Partnership of Supervisory Organisations. He has worked continuously at both director and Chief Executive level on the Boards of a number of health and social care arm’s-length bodies since 1996. From 2007 to 2009, he was a member of Council of the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC), and was Director of Women’s and Children’s Services in the Northern HSC Trust. He was Chief Executive of the legacy Craigavon and Banbridge Community HSC Trust from 2004-2006.

Authority Member

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.

Authority Member

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.

Authority Member

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 Dean for Education at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. He trained in Glasgow, Oxford, London and Boston USA.

Authority Member

Gurch Randhawa has been a member of the UK Donation Ethics Committee since January 2010. 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 is also the Chair of NHS Luton. He has been a member of the UK Donation Ethics Committee since January 2010, and he was a non-executive director at UK Transplant.

Authority Member

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.

Authority Member

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.

Authority Member

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.