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’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's background is in operational management, project management, business intelligence, healthcare leadership including strategic and financial management within acute hospitals and primary care services.
Darshna’s background is as a Project Manager for cross sector projects, using public and corporate funding to achieve set objectives, reporting on impact, data analysis, budget management and operating in compliance with relevant regulations. Darshna’s interest lies in work that serves a social purpose.
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 is an experienced academic and researcher, who has conducted extensive national and international based research exploring communities’ experiences of health and physical activity.
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.
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 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.
A BSc honours graduate in public and community health studies, who has 10 years extensive experience of project management, delivery, planning and evaluation.
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
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.
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.