Cancer Inequalities Research Advisory Group




Position/Area of expertise/interest

Dr Hendramoorthy Maheswaren


University of Liverpool

Senior Clinical Lecturer

Public Health and Policy/Health Economics (HIV, TB diagnostics; non-communicable diseases, adolescent health; antimicrobial resistance

Professor Kate Brain

(Vice Chair)

Cardiff University

Professor School of Medicine

Health Psychologist – expertise in behavioural aspects of early cancer detection (understanding late symptom presentation; non-uptake of cancer screening; psychological outcomes of cancer, screening high risk groups)

Dr Sarah Brearley


Lancaster University

Senior Lecturer Supportive and Palliative care (symptoms and their outcome measurements; palliative care in the long term setting; paediatric palliative care; spiritual care and methodologies). Qualitative and mixed methods researcher.

Prof Paul Brocklehurst

Bangor University

Professor of Public Health/Director of NWORTH trial Unit Mixed methods researcher interested in public health, role substitution and service re-organisation

Dr Julia Hiscock

Bangor University

Research Fellow/ Co-director North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research Medical Sociologist. Interests exploring issues at the interface of health and sociology. Research involves asking sociological questions about how we can understand the ways that people manage their health in their everyday personal lives and the practices that they use to cope with illness and health concerns. 

Mrs Debbie Morten

Allied Healthcare and Governance professional 

Patient and Public Engagement

Retired Chartered Physiotherapist,  member of the General Dental Council Fitness of Practice Board; NHS Non-Executive Director; Non-Executive of United Utilities and a Chair of a NW-based Charity.


Mr John Roberts

Lay representative


Prof Nick Hulbert Williams

University of Chester

Professor of Behavioural Medicine Coaching Psychologist. Research interests in psychosocial oncology/ contextual behavioural science; healthy habits

Mr Richard Hibbs


Statistician Independent statistician. Trainer Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

Prof Juan Vallee

University of Manchester/Christie Hospital

Professor and Honorary Consultant in Oncology

Clinical research for hepato-pancreato-biliary cancers as well as neuroendocrine tumours.

Prof David Pinato 

Imperial College, London 

Professor and medical oncologist in hepatobiliary tumours. 

Area of expertise: novel therapies, early phase trials, immunotherapy and biomarkers.