The Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) has strengthened its board with a new appointment.
Richard Stubbs has worked in the NHS for almost 20 years and is the CEO at Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network.
As a member of the NHSA board, Stubbs will represent the North’s Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and will play a leading role in the strategic direction of the NHSA going forward.
The NHSA is the North of England’s health and life sciences cluster, acting as a front door for Northern health innovation, brokering research collaborations, attracting investment, and providing a voice for the region’s health research system.
It brings together 10 universities, 10 research-intensive NHS Trusts and four AHSNs, covering a population of 16 million people.
Stubbs said: “I am thrilled to be appointed as AHSN representative on the Northern Health Science Alliance board.
“As the North continues to face many health, social and economic challenges, the NHSA’s work to address these through health research collaboration, international engagement and acting as a unified voice for the North is more important than ever before.
“We have so much to offer as a region, and I’m excited to play a role in unlocking the potential of the North’s health research and innovation strengths as an NHSA board member.”
Professor David Burn, chair of the NHSA board and pro-vice-chancellor of the faculty of medical sciences at Newcastle University, added: “It is with great pleasure that we welcome Richard to the NHSA board.
“He is a passionate advocate for the North and the incredible assets and talent that we have here. His expertise across the health innovation landscape, his strong leadership skills and his vision for building a healthier and more economically prosperous North align perfectly with the NHSA.”