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Dr Phil Jewell

SIGHT Business Development and Programme Manager

Phil has a wealth of experience supporting collaboration between business and academia. For over 10 years Phil managed a number of University funding schemes at the University of Southampton, including the EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership, Knowledge Transfer Secondments programme, and the Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnerships scheme. Prior to this he undertook a part-time PhD in ancient history. For a number of years Phil has also been running his own bid writing and collaboration support company. Phil takes the lead in business engagement for the SIGHT programme, liaising with potential SIGHT members, growing the network and providing them with guidance at the start of their business and clinical approval path.

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Claire Anstey

SIGHT Programme Administrator

Claire joined the team in January 2021. With extensive experience in administration in a variety of businesses, Claire brings invaluable organisational and project management skills to the team.

Prof. Gordon Blunn

Principal Investigator of SIGHT Programme

Gordon is the Director in Health and Wellbeing at the University of Portsmouth and the Principal Investigator of the SIGHT Programme. He has a PhD from Leeds University and spent over 25 years at UCL working as a Biomedical Engineer. During his time at UCL, he worked at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital where he developed and translated a number of orthopaedic implants into clinical practice. Gordon is a past President of the British Orthopaedic Research Society.  He has been awarded the UCL award for enterprise and innovation, an NHS innovation award and the UCL consultants’ award.  He sits on a number of scientific advisory boards and has been involved in the generation of three spin-out companies. He holds several patents, and has published over 280 peer reviewed scientific papers and a number of book chapters. His current research investigates the bone regeneration, the integration of implants with the skeleton, the wear of implant bearing materials and the use of bone graft substitute materials.

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Dr Alice Mortlock

PTTU Head of Research

Alice has worked in Research Management for over fifteen years and has experience working for two major research funders, Cancer research UK and the National Institute for Health Research. She has also managed a diverse portfolio of clinical research projects within the Department of Surgery and Biotechnology at Imperial College London. Alice is currently the R&D Manager at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and is responsible for the operational management of the Research & Innovation department and the Portsmouth Technologies Trials Unit. Alice has a PhD from Imperial College London and did a post-doc in a spin-out company supported by Imperial Innovations.

Olga Llewellyn

Department Manager in Research and Innovation Services

With a background in managing operations and qualifications in marketing and communication, Olga sets strategic direction  when it comes to marketing of the programme, including procurement of the website, commissioning and writing of the website and blog content, advising on social media campaigns and communication with internal and external stakeholders.

Working in central services at the University, Olga has also taken on an active role in procurement processes, and has worked closely with Innovation Connect and other university departments to deliver value for the SIGHT members.

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Dr. David Lubega

Collaborations Manager

David took up the Collaborations Manager role at the University of Portsmouth in 2015, developing and managing collaborations between the university and businesses, and the public and voluntary sectors. David graduated from Tongji Medical University, received an MBA from the University of Hull, and holds a Diploma from the Beijing Languages and Cultural University. Prior to joining the University of Portsmouth, David ran a medical devices and supply company.  He has also held senior level operational and advisory roles in marketing, business development, and knowledge management and exchange at multinational pharmaceutical companies and at a medtech consultancy firm. David supports SIGHT programme member companies to navigate the funding landscape. Where appropriate, he enables access to academic expertise and specialist research and development competencies and facilities.

Joe Shoebridge

Research Development Officer (Health and Wellbeing)

Joe joined the University of Portsmouth in April 2018 after over a decade working in the NHS, most recently having spent a number of years as a Research Facilitator at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. Working across the University, Joe is charged with increasing and enhancing interdisciplinary, collaborative research in the area of health and wellbeing. This work takes him across all faculties at UoP whilst also working closely with colleagues in professional services and with external partners such as the NHS, local councils and industry. From bid development/writing to facilitating focused workshops to further collaboration, Joe is ensuring that the theme supports UoP researchers to achieve the greatest impact possible.

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Louise Pulley

Accounting Technician (Innovation)

Louise has worked at the University of Portsmouth for around 18 years in various financial roles throughout the organisation. She now manages all of the University’s EU-funded innovation projects, and has built up a wealth of knowledge in relation to the audit and compliance requirements set by EU funders, as well as the university’s own policies and procedures. Lou is on hand to monitor the SIGHT project’s finances and to provide advice and assistance with all processes and queries.

Prof Anoop Chauhan

SIGHT Business Development and Programme Manager

Anoop is Director of Research and Innovation at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and a Physician in Respiratory and General medicine.  As Clinical Director for SIGHT and the Portsmouth Technology Trials Unit, he has helped multiple SMEs secure funding, develop high quality research studies and technology trials in support of their innovations within the NHS. He wrote the national call for the Small Business Research Initiative funding awards and was on the selection panel for SMEs. He is an Executive and Commercial Lead for Wessex CRN and the Respiratory Programme Lead for the Wessex AHSN.  An experienced Chief Investigator and Senior Examiner for the BMA HC Roscoe Fellowship, he is also co-founder of Respiaction – a social enterprise to improve outcomes in respiratory patients through research and education.

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Sharon Court

Patient and Public Involvement Facilitator

Sharon is a qualified teacher and youthworker with over thirty years’ experience of working with children and young people. She worked for ten years as a freelancer, developing and managing community engagement programmes including projects funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Armed Forces Community Covenant. Prior to joining the PTTU, Sharon worked with a number of local organisations including Portsmouth Cathedral where she devised and led their community engagement programme. This four year partnership included work funded by Awards for All and Arts Council England. Sharon brings a wealth of community experience and networks to her role as the Patient and Public Involvement Facilitator, where she now works supporting a successful PPI group, launching a new young people’s PPI group and creating new opportunities to engage the public with healthcare research.

Dr Michelle Elbashir

Partnership Facilitator

Michelle works jointly for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Portsmouth.  As the Partnership Facilitator she builds clinical-academic collaborations between the two organisations to develop opportunities in research and innovation.  Michelle has a PhD from the University of Nottingham and has experience working clinically and in the research environment.  Before moving to Portsmouth Michelle was working in the Middle East setting up pulmonary function departments in new children’s hospitals and managing the clinical service.

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Robert Woolas

Consultant Clinical Advisor

Robert joined Portsmouth Hospitals in 1996 to successfully establish and develop a gynaecological oncology service. Having previously trained in general surgery, obstetrics & gynaecology and written an MD thesis he actively embraced the importance of integrating educational processes and research and development principles into clinical practice from the start of his career. Whilst departmental lead he obtained and administered a £1 million research grant and was principle investigator on a number of other NIHR studies and local initiatives. He has written or co-authored over 50 original articles and published 5 book chapters. Having recently reduced his local clinical commitment, he remains an honorary member of staff at UCL Institute for Women’s Health and the MRC Clinical Trials Unit in Holborn and is also an associate employee of the General Medical Council with a keen interest in retaining high standards of professional performance, ethical behaviour and educational attainment.