Professor David Jayne – Co-Director

David Jayne is Clinical Co-Director for the HealthTech Research Centre in Accelerated Surgical Care. He is Professor of Surgery at the University of Leeds and Honorary Consultant Surgeon at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He brings expertise in the identification of unmet needs related to colorectal disease, the development of surgical technologies through interdisciplinary working, and clinical translation through early and late phase clinical trials.

In 2012, he was awarded an NIHR Research Professorship to develop and evaluated new surgical technologies for patients with bowel cancer. He served as Clinical Director for the NIHR HealthTech Co-operative in Colorectal Therapies (2012-17) and Clinical Director for the current MedTech Co-operative (MIC) in Surgical Technologies (2017-23).  He is the Surgical Technologies Theme Lead for the Leeds Biomedical Research Centre and a member of the NIHR Surgical Oncology Translational Research Centre.

David has a long track record of developing junior academic colleagues. He is Deputy ATPD for Surgery in the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery (2014-). He has served on the following training awards committees: national NIHR IAT Awards (2012-2018); NIHR DRF (2012-15); NIHR Clinician Scientist (2015-18), NIHR i4i PDA (2019-). He currently serves on the NIHR Advanced Fellowship committee (2018-). He was Co-Director of the NIHR Advanced Surgical Technologies Incubator (2020-23) with the remit to build national surgical research capacity and capability for medical and other healthcare professional researchers. He is mentor for AMS and NIHR Academy.

Ms. Vee Mapunde – Co-Director

Vee is the Senior Operations Director bring complementary expertise and leadership skills to the Senior Clinical Director role, with a proven track record of working cohesively to build interdisciplinary partnerships and training networks to accelerate the translation of innovation into the NHS.

Vee has held NHS professional and management roles, gaining extensive experience of cross-sector working to accelerate the translation and uptake of innovation into the NHS. She was Programme Director for the NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative (Surgical MIC) between 2018 – 2023.

Vee has over 15 years experience in leadership roles, developing and implementing strategy as part of research programme grants for the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) in England. This has included leading change management initiatives, supporting clinical research teams to develop long term strategies to improve on their business development capabilities; as well as improving business processes by making them more efficient and effective, to deliver on goals and objectives.


Ms. Sheila Boyes – HRC Programme Manager – Operational

Sheila worked for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust since 1989,  in the MRI department before moving into research in 2000. She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research and a NEBS Management Certificate. She worked on clinical research studies with contrast agents and MRI in radiology for eight years, before taking on a research management role in 2008. Sheila joined the HTC in 2016 on secondment and went onto work on the MIC network as a project manager.  Sheila now works as the programme manager – operational for the HRC.

Dr Andy Lewington – Theme Lead for Early Diagnosis and Personalised Care

Dr. Andrew J. P. Lewington is a Consultant Renal Physician and Honorary Associate Professor at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, where he is the clinical lead for AKI and a kidney transplant physician. He was an expert advisor to the NCEPOD Adding Insult to Injury AKI study and is the AKI lead for the Renal Association. He is the current Renal Association clinical guidelines chair and sits on the RA clinical affairs board.

Dr. Lewington chaired a multi-professional group to produce the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges AKI core competencies. He is the UK Kidney Research Consortium lead for AKI and is working to facilitate AKI research in the UK. He was co-supervisor of the first Nephrology MRC awarded a grant in West Yorkshire investigating markers of kidney transplant dysfunction. He is the West Yorkshire LCRN renal study lead and the Chief investigator on an NIHR Applied Programme to evaluate protein biomarkers in renal transplantation.

He is chair of the NHS England AKI Risk Workstream. He was a member of the NICE AKI and intravenous clinical guideline groups. Dr. Lewington is the co-chief investigator for the NIHR portfolio study investigating the role of recombinant alkaline phosphatase in the treatment of AKI in sepsis (£29m). He is a chief investigator for the NIHR portfolio study assessing the outcomes of patients with acute kidney injury in critical care.

Dr Jane Freeman – Early Diagnosis and Personalised Care

Jane is an Associate Professor in Clinical Microbiology at the University of Leeds and a Clinical Scientist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust. She was National Clinical Lead for AMR Diagnostics at NHS England from 2022-24.

Her research interests are in Healthcare associated infections, antimicrobial resistance and infection diagnostics. She is a strong advocate for the patient voice in research and healthcare, and of women and healthcare scientists in clinical academic careers. She is Co-Chair of the Empower Leeds Women Network.

Dr Sunil Daga – Early Diagnosis and Personalised Care & Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead

MBBS MRCP (Nephrology) PhD @sunildaga23

Sunil is a Consultant Nephrologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds. He is the EDI lead for the NIHR HRC (Leeds) and his research interests are improving access to transplantation and improving kidney health. He has experience of working with industry on home digital technology, digital education and application of AI/ML in post transplantation outcomes.

He is an executive member of UK Organ Donation and Transplantation Research Network  and is a Subject matter expert in clinical transplant immunology. He is a Health Equity Fellow at West Yorkshire Health Inequality Network and has experience of working with several VCSE organisations across the UK in reducing health inequity. He is a strong advocate of co-production in research and wants the unheard voice to be listened in research.