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The NIHR Dissemination Centre Advisory Group

The NIHR Dissemination Centre Advisory Group provides advice on the development of effective strategies for the dissemination of relevant, important health research to the centre's priority audiences.

The group will advise on: 

  • Overall programme of work including priority themes and products for dissemination
  • High level processes and the development of products
  • Identification of key audiences and networks for dissemination activity
  • Perspective of key stakeholders, giving legitimacy to outputs and activity
  • Appropriate formats and channels for dissemination to different audiences
  • Possible topics for derivative products and other associated activity such as events
  • Links between the dissemination activity and relevant national/local context and policy

Advisory Group vacancies are advertised on our website from time to time.


Liz Mear - Chief Executive of AHSN North West Coast

Dr Liz Mear is the Chief Executive of the North West Coast Academic Health Science Network.  Prior to joining the AHSN, Liz was Chief Executive of the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of the Cheshire and Merseyside Comprehensive Local Research Network.

Before working at the Walton Centre Liz held a number of Director roles in a variety of NHS organisations including the acute sector, mental health and ambulance service. Liz worked in local government for 17 years, holding a variety of senior customer service roles. Liz has also worked as a Senior Management Consultant, specialising in public sector business performance improvement and change management.

Liz sits on the Well North Board, the national Patient Safety Strategy Board and chairs the North West Procurement Development Board

Richard Stephens - Chair of the Consumer Liaison Group at the National Cancer Research Institute

Richard Stephens is a survivor of two cancers and a heart emergency. He has participated in four clinical trials and six other research studies, and currently serves on two trial management groups. His professional career has included work in education and local government.

As a patient advocate and representative in health and medical research, his formal roles including chairing NCRI’s Consumer Forum (formerly CLG) and leading for NCRI on consumer involvement. He also sits on several other national and regional committees and bodies, including CRUK’s CTAAC, NCC-C’s Management Board, NETSCC’s PPI Reference Group, and HTA and RfPB advisory committees.  

Richard is joint Editor-In-Chief of BioMed Central’s new online open access Journal of Research Involvement and Engagement. He is co-author of several conference abstracts and posters, two academic papers, and 2012’s Action On Access, an influential consumer-led report recommending organisational and cultural changes to encourage and support more patients to participate in research.


Nigel Beasley - Consultant ENT/Head and Neck Surgeon, Royal Hallamshire Hospital

Mary Black - Assistant Director of Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland

Ruth Boaden - Director of CLAHRC Manchester

Annette Boaz - Professor of Health Care Research, Kingston University and St George's University of London

Peter Chamberlain - Clinical Lead for NHS South Sefton CCG and GP Commissioner

Benjamin Ellis - Consultant Rheumatologist at Imperial College Healthcare

Robbie Foy - Deputy Editor of Implementation Science Journal and GP

Bob Gann - Programme Director of Widening Digital Participation, NHS England

Dez Holmes - Director of Research in Practice and Research in Practice for Adults

Lyndsey Hughes – Senior Manager, Research and Innovation, NHS England

Joe McManners - GP and Clinical Chair of Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Jane Noyes - Professor of Health and Social Services Research and Child Health, Bangor University

Una Rennard - Public Member

Tony Sargeant - Public Member 

Marion Spring - Associate Director - Evidence Resources, NICE

Rupert Suckling – Director Public Health, Doncaster Council

Alison Turner - Head of Evidence Analysis, Midlands and Lancashire CSU

Clint Witchalls - Health and Medicine Editor, The Conversation UK

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