Meet the team

Andrew Willis

Andrew Willis

Research Associate

Dr Andrew Willis has experience of carrying out a variety of academic research projects aimed at assessing the effectiveness of community based interventions aimed at preventing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Barbara Czyznikowska

Barbara Czyznikowska

Project Support Officer

Barbara’s proficiency resides mainly within the field of public involvement, community engagement and health equality. Her academic background is in Public Policy and Government, and she is particularly interested in policy relevant research with emphasis on interventions relating to wellbeing and community cohesiveness.

Carol Akroyd

Carol Akroyd

CLAHRC Manager

Carol's background is in operational management, project management, business intelligence, healthcare leadership including strategic and financial management within acute hospitals and primary care services.

Donna Richardson

Donna Richardson

CLAHRC Assistant Director

Donna’s background is in laboratory-based cancer research at the University of Leicester, where she did her PhD and, later, postdoctoral research into breast cancer.

Dr Natalie Darko

Dr Natalie Darko

Community Lead Researcher

Dr Natalie Darko is an experienced academic and researcher, who has conducted extensive national and international based research exploring communities’ experiences of health and physical activity.

Julian Harrison

Julian Harrison

Equality & Diversity Consultant

After working in academia and then in rugby league development and promotion, Julian Harrison has spent the last sixteen years of his life working in community engagement, development and in the specific areas of equality, diversity, community cohesion and human rights.

Kiran Johal

Kiran Johal

Communication Manager

Graduated with a First Class honours degree in Business and Management, with experience in Project Management and Marketing, Kiran is currently supporting the Centre from a Communications perspective.

Michelle Brown

Michelle Brown

Senior Administrator

Michelle has a background of providing administrative and secretarial support across various specialities within the NHS. Having recently graduated with a BA Honours degree in Business Studies, has a vast experience of arranging and managing events, as well as providing administration to CLAHRC East Midlands.

Nasima Miah

Nasima Miah

Project Support Assistant

A BSc honours graduate in public and community health studies, who has 10 years extensive experience of project management, delivery, planning and evaluation.

Pamela Campbell-Morris

Pamela Campbell-Morris

Community Researcher

Pamela has Project managed several voluntary organisations and community groups and have been very instrumental in bridging the gap between black minority ethnic voluntary organisations and Statuary organisations in order to enable effective partnership

Professor Kamlesh Khunti, PhD MD FRCGP FRCP FMedSci

Professor Kamlesh Khunti, PhD MD FRCGP FRCP FMedSci

Director

Kamlesh Khunti is Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine at the University of Leicester. He is Co-Director of the Leicester Diabetes Centre (UK) and leads a research group that is currently working on the early identification of, and interventions with, people who have diabetes or are at increased risk of developing diabetes.

Vinod Chudasama

Vinod Chudasama

PPI Lead

As the Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) Lead for CLAHRC East Midlands and the Centre for BME Health. I hold a strategic role in ensuring that public, patient, community and stakeholder involvement and engagement is central to our diverse range of programmes and activities.