The judging panel for the Med-Tech Innovation categories represent key stakeholders from across the supply chain. The panel have been tasked with assessing each entry in each of the five categories on the merit of their contribution to the medical device engineering supply chain.

Mark McIntyre
Senior Director of Health Economics and Government Affairs
Boston Scientific, EMEA

Having worked for more than 10 years in NHS procurement at local and regional level, Mark became executive for e-commerce at the Department of Health (PaSA). He then became Country Manager for an e-commerce platform provider linking hospitals and medical suppliers.

He joined Boston Scientific in 2003 with responsibilities that included relations with Government and Opposition, the DoH, NICE, patient advocacy groups, clinical professional groups and the media, to promote the benefits of minimally invasive medicine. He was also responsible for funding and reimbursement and increasing patient access to therapies that deliver patient and economic value.

In his current role Mark is responsible for Health Economics and Market Access for EMEA where he leads teams based in most European countries dealing with reimbursement and market access strategies.

Ana Avaliani
Head of Enterprise
Royal Academy of Engineering

Ana heads up the Enterprise Hub team at the Royal Academy of Engineering supporting technology entrepreneurs on their journey of setting up and growing innovative engineering companies.

Ana started her career in a technology start-up overseeing introduction of a number of innovative products and services to market. Ana’s most recent role before the Academy was with the technology and innovation consultancy, PA Consulting Group, where she worked with a wide range of clients on business growth, innovation and economic growth projects, including an assignment setting up a technology hub in Beirut, Lebanon."

Leigh Cornock
Director of R&D
RDT, A Philips company

Leigh Cornock has a PhD in Electronic System Engineering from the University of Essex and has been working in industry on electronic product research and development for 15 years, with over 13 years focused on medical device development. Leigh is also part of the IET Healthcare Technologies Executive Committee. 

Dr Tom Beale, CPhys
Commercial Development Manager - Med-Tech
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)

Dr Tom Beale has a background in medical device development. Prior to joining CPI, Tom worked in the NHS developing medical devices for commercial exploitation, working on multiple projects from point-of-care diagnostic devices, to implantable brain simulators.

Tom specialised in regulatory compliance of medical devices, and assisting the adoption of medtech into the NHS. Before working with medical technology, Tom spent several years at Durham University studying novel magnetic materials, and designing and developing x-ray instrumentation for the UK and the Taiwanese national x-ray facilities.

Dr Darren Clark
Chief Executive
Medilink East Midlands

Darren has been with Medilink East Midlands, since 2004. In his role as Chief Executive, he has successfully overseen the development of the company into one of the key players in the Medilink UK network. In addition to the national work, he has successfully overseen the delivery of a number of significant public sector contracts. In 2017 Darren launched Medilink Midlands, a strategic alliance between Medilink East and West Midlands, Darren is a Director of Medilink Midlands.  

Prior to joining Medilink, Darren worked for Pharmaceutical Profiles (now Quotient Sciences), one of the East Midland's many successful Life Science companies. He is a Non-Executive Director of the East Midlands Chamber, Chairs the Charnwood Campus Enterprise Zone Steering Committee and sits on the Board of Trustees for The Ear Foundation. A microbiologist by training, he has a degree from the University of Surrey and a doctorate from the University of Warwick. 

Reece Armstrong
European Pharmaceutical Manufacturer

After achieving a Master’s in Journalism from Newcastle University, Reece covered the digital health industry for a number of years before becoming Editor of European Pharmaceutical Manufacturer magazine.

In his time covering the life sciences industry, Reece has interviewed experts within med-tech and pharma, whilst also reporting on breaking news such as medical device scandals, employee welfare in pharma and digital barriers facing the NHS.