Introducing… the #CUHA22 Judges Panel!

We are delighted to reveal the esteemed judges for this year’s COVID Unsung Heroes Awards. After sifting through the longlist, these STEM luminaries are now gearing up to celebrate the finalists at our awards ceremony. 


Professor Melissa Hanna-Brown – Senior Director, Medicinal Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pfizer

 WISE Tech Award

Melissa is responsible for the global technology strategy and associated external partnerships to speed up scientific, technology and digital workflows at Pfizer. For Pfizer UK, Melissa is co-chair of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), and passionately champions an inclusive culture for all colleagues. 

Prior to joining Pfizer in 2006, Melissa held an academic post at King’s College London (Pharmacy) and has continued lecturing and examining as an industrial chair at the University of Warwick (Chemistry) since 2011 alongside her role at Pfizer. 

Owen Marks – Head of Rare Diseases, Pfizer

 WISE Tech Award

Owen’s work covers a wide portfolio including gene therapies and treatments for rare disorders.  He is also co-chair of the Pfizer UK D&I Group, chair of the BITC South-East Board and HRH Ambassador and Chair of the ABPI working group for Advanced Therapeutic Medicinal Products (ATMPs). 

A Biological Sciences graduate from the University of Edinburgh, Owen joined the industry in 1997 and has held many commercial and marketing roles since then.  Experienced in major organisational planning and change leadership, he has also worked in several market leadership roles, based in France and then Italy.  

Pfizer 

Barbara Bradley – Partner at PA Consulting 

WISE New Educator Award

Barbara Bradley is a Partner at PA Consulting where she works to deliver innovative and transformative change within the public sector. Her previous experience includes numerous roles in growth strategy, business development, and change management at companies including Serco, IBM and the cabinet office. 

Since joining PA, she has played leadership roles in vital government COVID-19 response programmes including the Ventilator Challenge, Test and Trace and the Vaccination Programme. Barbara also runs the PA LGBT allies network and serves as the Chair at the National Youth Agency charity (NYA).

Barbara Bradley

Dr Jenny Lewis – Partner PA Consulting

WISE New Educator Award

Dr Jenny Lewis is a health analytics professional with over ten years’ experience working with health data in both academia and consulting. 

She works with healthcare organisations, helping to derive insight and drive improvement through understanding and use of data. During the pandemic, Jenny supported hospitals and health systems and took a leadership role when forming the Information Cell for the National Vaccine Programme. She is now working with NHS England on a range of programmes to support elective recovery across the NHS. Jenny sponsors the Mental Health and Wellbeing Network at PA Consulting.

PA Consulting 

Angela Mcfarlane – Vice President, Strategic Planning, Northern Europe, IQVIA

WISE Data Solution Award 

Angela was nominated by Pharmaceutical Marketing Europe as one of the ’30 Most influential Women in UK Healthcare’ in 2018. She is also co-founder of IQVIA’s Women Inspired Network and leader on the Board around gender pay gap and diversity.

She described her work as follows: “I work with government, NHS, pharmaceutical and patient organisations on initiatives that will improve NHS patient access to medicines, clinical trials, and real world evidence studies, as well as artificial intelligence and machine learning (AIML).”

Shayma Ali – Senior Director, Offering Strategy and Government Solutions, IQVIA UK & Ireland

WISE Data Solution Award 

Shayma holds an executive leadership role within IQVIA with responsibility for the organisation’s UK strategy serving government, life sciences and healthcare customers. 

She leads a team that delivers products and new services. Her experience in healthcare spans 22 years and has covered work in policy and strategy, commissioning, consultancy and international product development. After 10 years in patient engagement, commissioning and service redesign for the NHS, she moved to management consultancy at BUPA, delivering disease/population management programmes across the NHS. Shayma has a Master’s degree in European Business from Royal Holloway, University of London and a BSc in Health and Human Sciences from the University of Durham.

Shayma Ali

IQVIA 

Ricky Martin – Founder of Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS)

WISE D&I Award

Ricky is a biochemist and a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He has spent the past 15 years supporting careers in the life sciences. He is the founder of Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS) which he set up a decade ago alongside Lord Alan Sugar, after a successful investment process on BBC1’s The Apprentice. 

Ricky is a passionate ambassador for supporting D&I in life-science appointments and says he is proud to be supporting WISE with these amazing awards.

Ricky Martin

Georgia Walden – Team Leader, Biologics, HRS

WISE D&I Award

Georgia is the team leader of the Biologics recruitment team within Hyper Recruitment Solutions. She has a BSc in Biomedical Sciences, an MRes in Cellular Biology and has spent over five years specialising in Biologics and Regulatory Affairs recruitment across the Life Science, Biotech and CRO/CMO sectors. Georgia has been recognised for her recruitment acumen through internal and external awards – she was awarded the Permanent Consultant and Recruiter of the Year at the Institute of Recruitment Professional awards in 2019. She is proud to say that over 60% of the Scientist and Leaders she has supported have been women. 

HRS 

Professor Dame Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer for the NHS and Lead WISE Ambassador

WISE Community Champion Award 

Professor Dame Sue Hill is the head of the healthcare science workforce in the NHS and associated bodies, providing professional leadership and expert clinical advice across the health and care system. Her background is in respiratory science and she has an international academic and clinical research reputation. 

Professor Hill has a broad portfolio of policy responsibilities and has led a variety of major system and workforce transformation initiatives for the government. Sue was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of the scale of her contribution to British genomics.

Professor Dame Sue Hill

Angela Douglas – Deputy Chief Scientific Officer for NHS England 

WISE Community Champion Award 

Angela Douglas has been the Deputy Chief Scientific Officer for NHS England and NHS Improvement since 2018.  She has worked with the NHS to support national diagnostics and worked closely with NHS Test and Trace during the pandemic. Her genetics work for the NHS has spanned almost 40 years and she is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, and an Honorary Fellow of the Academy for Healthcare Science.  

She worked for 22 years as Scientific Director of the Cheshire and Merseyside Genetics and Genomics service at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, where she was the Organisational Lead Healthcare Scientist. In 2021 she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship to the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine and in 2016 was honoured in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list as a Member of the Order of the British Empire for Research. 

Angela Douglas

NHS 

Nicola Adamson – Head of Organisational Effectiveness and Development, AWE

WISE Responsive Hero Award 

Nicola is the Head of Organisational Effectiveness and Development for AWE and guides the organisation’s culture, leadership and organisational effectiveness strategy. 

She also oversees AWE’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) work. The organisation’s EDI initiatives aim to make the organisation an attractive place to work. Nicola has over 15 years of HR experience working for large UK brands in roles that have focused on learning, talent, organisational design, and resourcing. 

Nicola Adamson

Alison Atkinson – Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, AWE

WISE Responsive Hero Award 

Alison Atkinson is the Chief Executive Officer of AWE. Alison is accountable for the UK nuclear deterrent programme across multiple sites. 

She has many years of engineering experience in which she has established, led, and managed business organisations across private and government sectors. These include infrastructure, defence, nuclear, transportation and maritime. Alison is a recognised business leader and a complex programme delivery expert in highly regulated environments. She is also a member of defence/energy advisory groups including the UK’s fusion programme. Alison was voted the sixth most ‘Influential Female Engineer in the UK and Europe’ by the Financial Times in 2019. 

Alison Atkinson

AWE

CUHA22 Finalists

The judges will carefully consider each finalist, and the winner of each category will be announced at the awards ceremony. We have some very exciting finalists. See the full list here. 

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