People at IHR

Meet the people behind the Institute

The Institute for Health Research supports a culture of research and the building of capacity so membership is inclusive and open to all members of staff and students engaged in, or with an interest in health research in the broadest sense. Accessibility to all events, interest group meetings and website content is not restricted and will be open to all LJMU staff and postgraduate students, and potentially external colleagues.

Executive Board

Membership of the IHR Executive Board


Head of IHR

Dr Gillian Hutcheon

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Professor Robin Leatherbarrow

Dean of Faculty of Education, Health and Community

Professor Raphaela Kane

Dean of Faculty of Science

Professor Peter Wheeler

Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Technology

Professor Ahmed Al-Shamma’a

Dean of Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

Professor Joe Yates

Dean of Liverpool Business School

Tim Nichol

Advisory Board

Membership of the IHR Advisory Board


Head of Institute for Health Research 

Gillian Hutcheon

Associate Dean Research: Education, Health and Community

Ian Jones

Associate Dean Research: Science

Keith George

Associate Dean Research: Liverpool Business School

Shona Bettany

Head of FET technology

Paulo Lisboa

Representative: Research Innovation Services

Robin Leatherbarrow

Representative: Research Innovation Services

Alan Welby

Representative: Public Health Institute

Vivian Hope

Representative: Cross PBS/FET

Mark Murphy

Representative: Natural Sciences and Psychology

Helen Poole

Representative: Nursing and Allied Health

Deborah Fitzsimmons

Representative: Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

Charles Morecroft

Representative: Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences

Ellen Dawson


Coordinators lead the activities of each interest group will then report progress and successes to the advisory board on an annual basis. There will be a balance of interest groups across disease states, health areas, methodologies and technologies and it is anticipated that an individual interest group will contain a broad range of researchers from different disciplines.

Interest group


Cardiovascular health and care

Prof Ian Jones and Dr Ellen Dawson

Green spaces

Prof Zoe Knowles

Mental wellbeing

Dr Grahame Smith and Dr Caroline Brett

Children's health

Dr Clare Van Miert and Dr Lorna Porcellato

Diagnostics and therapeutics

Dr Francesca Giuntini

Image and performance enhancing drugs

Dr David Todd Mr James McVeigh

Living with Cancer

Dr Helen Poole

Nutrition for health

Dr Ian Davies

Social prescribing

Prof Gillian Hutcheon

Systematic reviews

Dr Lisa Jones

International health

Prof Marie-Claire van Hout

Digital health and technology

Dr Ian Jarman and Prof Andy Shaw

IHR members