Centre for Translational Informatics leadership team

Saliha Afzal

Manager of the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) 

Saliha oversees and facilitates all administrative, financial, communication and performance management functions of the NIHR Maudsley BRC to ensure its smooth running and development.

She has a PhD in the cellular and molecular biology of ovarian cancer and has managed the Maudsley BRC since 2008.

Her previous jobs included roles at Cancer Research UK and at the MRC Neurodegenerative Diseases Brainbank at King’s College London.

Richard Dobson

Richard Dobson

Professor of Medical Informatics at King’s College London and theme lead for Informatics at the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)

Richard’s research is motivated towards enabling a “panor-omic” view of patients through the integration of genomics data with data derived from patient records, environmental and social exposure, remote monitoring and imaging.  His research has required the extensive use of computational approaches including machine learning, and the creation of software tools, as well as the construction and administration of high performance computing infrastructure, uniquely developed within the NHS.

Antony Parker

Technical Programme Manager for the Centre for Translational Informatics (CTI)

Antony is responsible for maintaining and developing the Partnerships governance. He has an outstanding background in Partnership management winning six National Awards in Partnership working and Shared Services. Over 12 years in the Public sector with Kent County Council delivering innovative solutions for Central Government, Social care and the Health sector, onboarding Kent Police, Kent Universities and 3 NHS Trusts. A further 26 years in Private sector IT covering International Software development, Chemicals industry, Finance & Legal sectors, and Global Logistics. A Prince2 Practitioner, Shared Services Practitioner, P30 and ITIL qualified.

Claire Delaney-Pope

Head of Information Governance, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Claire is a long-standing member of the CTI Board where she has applied her excellent knowledge of Information Governance and the requirements of GDPR to enable the secure deployment of many Service and Applications within the Trust and a wider forum across the CTI Partnership where her Team is expanding to meet the increasing demand and importance of IG within the NHS.

Matthew Hotopf

Matthew Hotopf CBE

Director of the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) & Professor of General Hospital Psychiatry at King’s College London

Matthew trained in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and in psychiatry at the Maudsley.  His main area of research is in the grey area between medicine and psychiatry, exploring the interaction between mental and physical health.  He has worked extensively in areas where mental health relates to other walks of life – including occupational and military health, mental health law, and the wider community.

Syed Hussain

Syed Hussain

Technical Project Manager

Syed is an innovative, driven project leader with a keen focus on outstanding delivery and client success. He is currently working as a technical project manager on the PMCYP project, applying his experience to stakeholder management, he has skilfully navigated the requirements and procurement in leading the design, build and deployment of over 20 leading edge audio-visual  consulting and observation rooms where CTI is managing the digital contribution. With 20 years of diverse global experience in private and public sector, Syed has delivered a diverse range of projects and programs in a broad range of industries on a global scale which includes IT, healthcare, investment banking, real estate and oil/gas. A Prince2 practitioner, MBA, Membership of the Association for Project Management (MAPM) and chartered manager with certification in leadership/management by CMI.

Robert Stewart

Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Clinical Informatics at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London

Rob has been Academic Lead for the Clinical Record Interactive Search (CRIS) resource since its inception in 2007, and has overseen its substantial expansion as a data resource since then, through a range of external data linkages and natural language processing applications. Rob is the Deputy theme lead for Informatics at the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre and co-directs the Centre for Translational Informatics. His research interests include dementia and late-life mental health, and the interface between physical and mental health.

Johnny Downs

Lead for CTI Adolescent Informatics themes

A NIHR Clinician Scientist at the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, King’s College London and an Honorary Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Peggy Pollak Fellow in Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry, Dept of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, KCL. MRC Research Training Fellow Kings College London.

His work within the Centre for Translation Informatics has focused on developing and embedding web portals to enhance patient reported outcomes collection within an NHS infrastructure. He co-leads, with Dr Zina Ibrahim, the myHealthe system a patient portal developed with South London and Maudsley and KCL colleagues from Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Health Informatics, Clinical and Digital Services at the Trust. He is currently the Principle investigator on a pragmatic trial to evaluate myHealthe within the Trust.

Stuart MacLellan

Director of Digital Innovation and Technology, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Stuart is a driven Digital Leader working at South London and Maudsley NHS Trust as the Director of Digital Innovation and Technology. He has a passion for driving innovation and has led South London and Maudsley to be the first NHS Trust to adopt public services in the Cloud.

Stuart had the privilege to be part of “Cohort One” of the NHS Digital Academy and hopes to be able to utilise this learning in the CTI. He is an advocate of delivering collaborative working solutions and recognises that it is an exciting time in Healthcare and the CTI is pivotal in delivering innovation through from research to impacting the lives of customer of the services at the Trust.

Mark Canham

Mark Canham

Technical Project Manager

Technical Project Manager/Consultant with over 30 years practical experience in both the public and private sectors covering a wide range of business transformations across several platforms and solutions including Digital, Telecommunications, Facilities, Data Centre, Networking, Mobile, Video, Television, CCTV Industrial IT (iloT) and Software Applications.

First-hand international, national and offshore experience of multiple office relocations.

Mark has an in-depth of knowledge delivering start-ups in local Government and high-profile multi-nationals, applying practical solutions to cultural differences within Europe, Americas, India, China and Japan.