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 Paddy Ireland, Dean of Social Sciences and Law
Paddy joined the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Board in 2015 and has been at the University of Bristol since August 2013 having previously taught at the Universities of Kent, Hull and Osgoode Hall Law School. A graduate of the University of Kent, Paddy is a leading, heterodox scholar of the history of company law, corporate theory and corporate governance, and has published widely in each of these areas. He was also one of the leading figures of the early critical legal studies movement, contributing to and co-editing the two volumes of the Critical Lawyers Handbook. He was appointed to the post of Research Director in Faculty of Social Sciences and Law on his arrival at Bristol in 2013. Read more about Paddy's research.
Professor Ian Bond, Dean of Faculty of Engineering
Ian joined the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Board in 2019. He 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 Jonathan Sandy, Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences
Jonathan joined the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Board in 2014. Jonathan is a Professor in Orthodontics and currently Head of the Bristol Dental School. His main research interests are in cleft lip and palate and the delivery of clinical care by orthodontists. Jonathan has developed the postgraduate programme in orthodontics, was responsible for setting up the NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship and Academic Clinical Lecturer programme and has had leadership roles in education including Chairing the Dental Education Committee and being appointed as Head of Teaching. Read more about Jonathan's research.
Suze Eyles, Head of Finance Partnering, Finance Services
Suze joined the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Board in 2018.