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Department of Health Studies Advisory Board

Department of Health Studies Advisory Board

Our advisory board provides independent, external strategic advice and perspectives to Royal Holloway’s Department of Health Studies to help inform, shape and influence the development of new courses.

Board members contribute their expertise to the way things are done in the department and they also form part of the department network for student placement, research collaborations and employability pathways.

Tim is the chair of the Surrey Health and Wellbeing Board, which published a 10-year Health and Wellbeing strategy which sets out how different partners across Surrey can work together with local communities to tackle the wider determinants of health and improve wellbeing.

Tim was an Elmbridge Borough Councillor for 20 years and elected to Surrey County Council in 2017 and elected to Leader of Surrey County Council in December 2018. As Leader of Surrey County Council, along with the CEO, he has set the organisation on a journey of transformation and championed a bold ‘Vision for 2030’ for Surrey and it’s residents, to make sure everyone in the community is supported, allowed to thrive and to make sure no one is left behind. Tim has also held non-executive roles on a wide range of company board as well as not-for-profit charities, education and in local government.

Growing up in the extreme conditions of war in Yemen, trauma and loss were a way of life for me.  We were constantly under siege, and as a result, the true value of life was being lost amongst many prophase was something with which I was constantly bothered. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “We must be the change we wish to see.”  At a young age, I realized that helping save lives and being in the front lines was key to saving my people. Since that realization, helping with daily disasters and other life-threatening injuries became my mission.
I am a physician and analyst my personal goal is to improve patient safety and quality everywhere. I was trained in Critical Care and Emergency Medicine at Al-Thawra Modern General Hospital, Yemen and I earned a M.B, B.S in Medicine & General Surgery and MD in Emergency Medicine. I worked nationally and internationally at different institutions as an ER& ICU attending Physician. I completed (3) fellowships; 1- Administration, Leadership in Quality improvement and patient safety and International EM at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center-Harvard Medical School, 2- International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQUA) 3-a postdoctoral research fellowship at Harvard Medical School, developing research in Quality improvement, Patient safety, Disasters, and ED Boarding. Currently, I am a pediatric resident at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center.

  • EM and Critical Care Consultant, Defense Complex Hospital (DCH), Sanaa', YEMEN
  • Former Vice chairman of Emergency Department Critical Care Althawra Modern General hospital (AMGH), Yemen
  • Confounder and Past President of Yemeni Association of Emergency Medicine and Disasters (YAEMD)
  • Former Fellow- Leadership, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety BIDMC- Harvard Medical School
  • Former chairman of ER-ICU -AMGH, Yemen

Emily has been the London Programmes & Communications Coordinator for AccessHE since 2020. She works with higher education institutions across London on events and resources on several key widening participation areas. These areas include BAME students, disabled students, creative subjects, mature and part time students, care experienced and estranged students, student ambassador programmes and research, monitoring and evaluation. Before joining AccessHE, Emily worked for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Balliol College, Oxford in outreach and widening participation.

Seeromanie Harding is Professor of Social Epidemiology at King’s College London, where she leads the Population Health and Nutrition Research group. Her expertise spans social and ethnic inequalities in health over the life course, international comparative studies, and community-based interventions in low resource settings. She has a keen interest in using community-based participatory methods and systems perspectives to engage with the complex socio-cultural-political contexts that drive health disparities. In collaboration with local colleagues, she currently leads the CONTACT (Congregations Taking Action Against Non-communicable Diseases) study which seeks to integrate places of worship into the primary care pathway in Guyana, Jamaica and Dominica; the HEKIMA study in Kenya which seeks to strengthen the primary care system using health kiosks in community markets for prevention and control of cardiovascular diseases; and a study in Brazil which focuses on co-designing interventions to address the physical and mental health of indigenous adolescents in Brazil. Interdisciplinary perspectives, community engagement and collaborative partnerships with policy actors and practitioners are key anchors for these studies to engage communities in health promotion, research, and policy making. Many of these principles also underpin a UK-based collaborative study with Dr Louise Goff ‘Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyles for Diabetes (HEAL-D) in African and Caribbean communities’.

For more information please visit Prof. Seeromanie Harding profile


Gary has gained over 30 years’ experience in both Australia and the UK in assisting large community rehabilitation services achieve strategic quality improvements, increased service user health and employment outcomes and overall growth objectives.

Over the last 13 years in the UK, Gary has supported won by tender and operationalised large scale new services including a catastrophic case management service for insurers, remote mindfulness services and condition management programmes for service users on DWP funded employability programmes.

Gary currently works at Social Finance and has supported the West Midlands Combined Authority to design and mobilise the DWP/DH and NHS England-funded Health-Led Trial of IPS in primary and community care; worked as part of a consortium of IPS experts, in partnership with Centre for Mental Health, NHS England and the Work and Health Unit, to deliver IPS Grow initial support resources. Furthermore, provide technical advice to support the performance of several supported employment services joint commissioned by Social Finance and local partners utilizing social investment bond structures.

Gary has been a visiting lecturer in Occupational Health and Vocational Rehabilitation at Salford University as well as a Trustee for over 10 years for the Vocational Rehabilitation Association.

Susanne is the Director of the Centre for Interprofessional Practice (CIPP) and Professor of Interprofessional Practice. She is also Director of Educational Strategy, Learning and Teaching Quality at Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich, UK.  

Susanne joined CIPP in 2002, to develop interprofessional learning (IPL) opportunities at UEA. In 2016-17 CIPP delivered IPL interventions to ~3000 students across twelve different professions. Since then, IPL delivery has become integrated in Schools with CIPP taking on the role of supporting development and quality assurance of IPL at UEA. Susanne and CIPP continue to conduct research and delivery teaching and training that help to enhance interprofessional practice.