New Chair Announced for Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network


Previous Chair of the East of England Development Agency and Chairman of NHS Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes, Professor William Pope has been appointed as the first Chairman of the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network.

Professor Pope will be responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network which is one of 15 new academic health science networks set up across the country to promote research and identify, adopt and spread innovation across the NHS.

The Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network brings together the region’s NHS organisations, universities and industry to rapidly advance new ideas into practical products and services which will improve the population’s health and wellbeing. At the same time this will help to create jobs and prosperity for the region.

Professor Pope brings to the post a wealth of experience, leadership and expertise gained from senior roles within industry, the NHS and academia.

Professor Pope was formerly Chair of NHS Northamptonshire & Milton Keynes and is a Visiting Professor at both the University of the West of England and University campus Suffolk.  He was previously a member of the Postgraduate Programme Advisory Group for the Integrated Waste Management Programme at Cranfield University and has also taught at Imperial College, City University, University of Plymouth, Middlesex University and the Open University, as well as UWE, and has lectured on environmental business issues at overseas institutions throughout Europe, and in the USA, South Africa and Asia.

He was Chair of the East of England Development Agency and is the Chief Executive and commercial co-founder of Microbial Solutions, was CEO of the UK’s largest integrated health, safety & environmental business for 10 years and has been one of the UK’s leaders in managing and developing environmental companies over the last 25 years, and four times a winner of the “Technology Fast 50” awards for the fastest growing companies.

Professor Pope also brings to the post significant experience of working with world-leading companies including BAE Systems, BP, Ford, GlaxoSmithKline and Unilever.  He is a co-founder of the Centre for Health & Wellbeing Research at the University of Northampton and is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Sustainability, Health and Environment.

Sir Andrew Cash, interim chair of the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network, said: “The Yorkshire and Humber AHSN is building on the excellent track record that the region already has for world-class expertise in research and innovative collaboration between the NHS, academia and industry. I am therefore delighted to announce the appointment of Professor William Pope as our new chair. Will greatly impressed the appointment panel which included representatives from the health service, university sector and commerce with his vision and drive. Will has an enviable track record of success in industry, health and academia and his wealth of experience gained from these three sectors gives him a unique insight and skill set to help the network partners achieve our ambitious vision to transform care for patients and, in turn bring jobs and wealth to the Yorkshire and Humber region.”

Professor William Pope said: “I am really looking forward to taking up this exciting appointment, and believe that with the help of a strong team, members, partners and stakeholders we will create a Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network which will leverage the marvellous assets and key strengths of the region and deliver great value in improving health outcomes at lower cost, helping with the transformation of healthcare and creating wealth locally.”

Professor Pope will take up the part time post of Chairman from February 2014.


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