The Health and Life Sciences Steering Group brings together leaders from our health, life sciences and medicines manufacturing ecosystem to work together to develop and steer the delivery of the strategy.


The Health and Life Sciences Steering Group is made up of the following members:

Michael Whitaker (Chair)Pharma North East and Innovation Board member 

Tim HammondDurham University 

Geraint Lewis Newcastle University 

Tony AlabasterUniversity of Sunderland 

Carolyn Horrocks Northumbria University 

Richard BakerNorth East LEP 

Alan WelbyNorth East LEP 

Geoff Davison BioNow 

Nicola Wesley AHSN  

Philip AldridgeNEPIC 

Arun HarishCPI 

Rachel Burdis Invest North East England  

Sarah PavlouRTC North 

Dale AtheyNPL 

Kevin CookSterling Pharmaceuticals 

Will DracupBiosignatures 

Roger KilburnArcinova  

Andrew TaskerFemeda 

Ben CantwellKromek 

Andrea BurroughsNewcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals Trust 

Peter RippingaleNorth East Combined Authority 

Vicky CuthbertsonNorth of Tyne Combined Authority