The Board of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute meets twice a year to discuss and approve the institute's strategy and budget. This board reports to the University Research Committee.
Professor John Iredale, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Health, University of Bristol
John took up the post of Pro Vice-Chancellor for Health in January 2016 and he joined the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Executive Board in March 2016. His areas of leadership and responsibility are for the research, teaching and management strategy for the Schools of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences across the relevant Faculties.
John graduated from the University of Southampton with honours in Clinical Distinction in 1985 and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 1999, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2003, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 2007 and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011. John’s research interests are focused on tissue scarring and regeneration and he has published extensively on these subjects including key contributions in Science, JCI, PNAS, Nature Medicine and Nature Cell Biology. Between 2010 and 2016, John was Non-Executive Director of NHS Lothian. Read more about John's research.
Professor Rachael Gooberman-Hill, Executive Director of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute
Rachael has been Director of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute since August 2017. She has a track record as a leader of interdisciplinary health research, particularly in relation to long-term conditions and pain. Rachael is Professor of Health and Anthropology in Bristol's Medical School and has served on editorial boards, funding panels, committees of professional associations and charities. She is committed to supporting interdisciplinary research that makes a difference to health. Read more about Rachael's research.
Professor Jeremy Tavaré, Dean of Life Sciences
Professor Tavaré is ideally placed to lead this new faculty which has aligned its research and teaching activity at all scales across the life sciences: from the molecular, cellular, tissue and organ systems levels, through to the behavioural, social and environmental. It brings together the five Schools of Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience and Psychological Science.
Professor Karla Pollmann, Dean of Faculty of Arts
Karla Pollmann joined the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Board upon becoming Dean of the Faculty of Arts in 2018. She is a leading authority on the work of Augustine and a world-leader in the study of his influence across the ages. She has written widely on interdisciplinary projects combining Classics, Theology, Philosophy, Cultural History, Literature and Reception Studies. She has held various large research grants and is currently involved in an EU-sponsored Innovative Training Network on “The History of Human Freedom and Dignity in Western Civilization”. (http://itn-humanfreedom.eu/).
Dr Nina Couzin, Institute Manager
Nina has a background in Physical Sciences and had a career in scientific publishing prior to joining the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute in 2013. She is responsible for working closely with the Directors on the development and implementation of the strategy for the Institute and managing its operational activities.
Faculty of Sciences
The Faculty of Science comprises seven schools whose teaching and research activities span mathematical, physical, biological and environmental sciences.
Dr Simon Gray, Head of Research Development
Simon joined the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Board in 2017. He has a BSc (Hons) in Microbiology and a PhD in the same discipline from King's College, University of London. Following postdoctoral research at the NERC Institute of Terrestrial Ecology Merlewood, Simon spent 8 years at the then University of Luton as Lecturer then Senior Lecturer in Microbiology. He has also worked as a consultant microbiologist in the area of environmental monitoring. Simon joined RED in 2006 as a Research Development Manager. In his current role his is responsible for facilitating growth in research volume for the University by providing expert advice senior staff across the University, by nurturing relationships with major funding bodies, and by leading a team of professional Faculty focused Research Development Managers.
Professor Simon Tormey, Dean of Social Sciences and Law
Simon joined the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Board in 2019, having been appointed Dean of Social Sciences and Law in September. Prior to this he was Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney, having been Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences there between 2009 and 2018. He is a political theorist whose current research focuses on three areas: the crisis of representative democracy; connective politics and governance; and digitisation, new media logics and the political.
Professor Ian Bond, Dean of Faculty of Engineering
Ian joined the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Board in 2019. He is Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, and is a recognised expert on multifunctional composites; including self-healing, adaptive materials, damage tolerance and bioinspiration/biomimetics. Read more about Ian's research.
Professor Jane Norman, Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences
Jane joined the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Board in 2019, as Dean of the faculty of Health Sciences. Jane's research focusses on the pregnancy “stressors” of obesity, maternal depression/stress, inflammation and hypoxia. These pregnancy stressors are largely responsible for the clinical conditions of gestational diabetes, preterm birth and stillbirth, all of which have devastating effects on pregnant women and their babies. Her research group aims to understand how these pregnancy stressors cause these clinical conditions and to develop preventive and therapeutic strategies. Her research uses a broad array of research strategies, from basic science, through animal models, to clinical trials and beyond to population-based research to address these clinical problems. Read more about Jane's research.
Suze Eyles, Head of Finance Partnering, Finance Services
Suze joined the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Board in 2018.