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Meet the Board

Colin Roberts

Colin is now Chairman of NISW following the departure of Susan Lambert.  He also remains the Chairman of the Strategy Board of the Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centre in Truro and Vice Chairman of Cornwall Mobility Centre Ltd.   He is a director of NHS Innovations South West Ltd and a Visiting Professor and Consultant to the Peninsula Medical School.  A recognised expert in the design of medical instruments he chaired the Design Council's awards panel for medical equipment for many years.

Colin acts regularly as an expert witness in the field of medical instrumentation and IP protection.   He has worked as an adviser on medical engineering to UK, Canadian, Italian, Swedish and Australian Research Councils, the EU, UN and WHO, as well as acting as Expert Européen to INSERM for a number of years.   He has also acted as consultant to many firms working in medical technology.  He has served on a number of governmental committees for both the Cabinet Office and Department of Health as well as the Science & Engineering Research Council.   He chaired the FDP2 Programme Management Committee for the National Institute for Health Research's i4i (Invention for Innovation) Programme and is now Co Chairman of its Early Stage Programme 

Mike McMillan

As Chief Executive Officer, Mike brings a wide experience in the Healthcare and wellbeing market with the capability of facilitating the development of solutions that meet the needs of the ultimate user.  With an original lifescience research background in the NHS followed by a commercial business career against the backdrop of working at the UKs leading technology organisation, QinetiQ, Mike can bring a rounded perspective to an opportunity.

Particular areas of expertise include: 
• account management / CRM
• business development
• value proposition building
• negotiation
• venture capital backed technology exploitation deals
• technology transfer licensing and exploitation of IP assets
• medical applications of a broad range of high technology
• research (market and science)
• direct selling
• planning
• general management in a distributed organisation
• online brand management / presence

Malcolm Cassells

Malcolm Cassells is a qualified accountant with over twenty five years board level experience within the NHS. He has a particular interest in innovation and improving practice, and oversaw the establishment of the South West Innovation Hub, which later became NHS Innovations South West Ltd.

He established the first NHS owned company in England, Odstock Medical Ltd (OML), which is successfully exploiting patented intellectual property developed within the NHS and he remains one of its board members.

He is married with three grown up children and lives in South Wiltshire.

Sue Sundstrom

Sue has recently joined the board of NISW and brings broad experience in IP commercialisation from the perspective of large multi-nationals, SMEs and leading universities. She is currently head of Research Commercialisation at the University of Bristol, responsible for a team which reviews and protects intellectual property generated by Bristol academics, and then identifies the most appropriate route to bring it to market.

Previously Sue was Head of Life-sciences at the University of Southampton where she was responsible for a team handling contracts, licensing and spin-out creation on behalf of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life-sciences.  She has also operated as an independent consultant, undertaking projects in life-sciences market research and licensing for companies and publicly funded organisations. 

Sue has also been a Non-Executive director of 7 life-science SMEs and helped to raise over £30m and listing on the AIM.  Before joining the University, she spent 20 years with Astrazeneca, where she held a wide range of international commercial positions including General Management, marketing and global business development and was responsible for multi-million dollar deals, the sale of non-strategic companies and the creation of new companies in line with developing strategic priorities.  Sue graduated from the London Business School and Wharton MBA programme with distinction.

Philip Sharpe

Philip Sharpe is a Non-Executive Director of NHS Innovations South West.

Philip is Portfolio and Strategy Support Director at QinetiQ, a leading defence research company based in UK, US and Australia. Formerly a research leader in QinetiQ's predecessor companies, Philip has worked on technology based venturing since 1999 and been intimately involved in all stages of technology commercialisation. Mentoring early stage propositions and businesses has been at the heart of Philip's activities for over a decade.

Philip is a non-exec director at the University of Southampton Science Park, where he provides strategy support to the CEO and start-up mentoring; he is also QinetiQ's non-exec director on the board of Sciemus Ltd a London based insurance services company.

Philip trained as a physicist and has an MSc in Electro-Optics.

Rachel Clark

As a graduate of the first Trust Innovation Leader Programme in 2007 Rachel is delighted to join the Board of NISW as a non-executive director.  Committed to the aims and values of the NHS, Rachel brings experience of enabling innovation in acute and mental health settings.

With a life sciences background, Rachel worked in health research and research management for many years before undertaking the TIL programme which paved the way for a number of roles supporting NHS innovation and enterprise.  She has experience of commercialising intellectual property, working with NHS staff to develop their ideas from concept through to licensing, as well as commercialising NHS knowledge and expertise.

Through hands on experience Rachel recognised that innovation must be deliberate, planned and aligned with strategic priorities if it is to deliver value to an organisation.  This motivated her move into the field of organisational development.  In her current role as Director of Organisational Development in Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Rachel's responsibilities include staff engagement and development, enabling Trust strategy and cultural transformation.