Centre for Reproductive Health

CRH’s Jackie Maybin joins prestigious AMS FLIER programme

This unique programme is developing leaders of the future who can create collaborations across academia, industry, the NHS and government to drive innovation.

The Future Leaders in Innovation, Enterprise and Research (FLIER) programme has been designed for people working in the life sciences sector and managing projects or teams, who undertake interdisciplinary working. This serves to achieve our strategic priority of supporting researchers with innovative funding that builds team and individual capacity.

“This immersive leadership programme is a fantastic opportunity for those who want to bring about change in their sphere of work and have ideas about how to work with others to solve problems in health. FLIER gives participants the time to reflect, helps them learn more about good leadership and introduces them to an exceptional group of talented people who help them achieve their vision,” says Professor Paul Stewart, our Vice-President (Clinical) and Chair of the FLIER Taskforce.

35 FLIERs have been through the two-year, immersive, cross-sector learning experience so far and we are pleased to announce 19 participants from organisations across the UK life sciences landscape have been chosen to join the third round of the highly competitive programme, starting in June 2022. You can find out more about them here.

Professor Stewart says: “We are delighted by the progress of the first two cohorts of FLIER. Participants have gone on to achieve amazing success, for example collaborating on large scale studies, setting up start-ups together and creating a strong peer support group. We cannot wait to see what the new cohort of FLIER participants go on to achieve.”
CRH Picture of Dr Jackie Maybin
Dr Jackie Maybin
Dr Rasha Al-Lamee, a previous FLIER participant from cohort 2 and a Clinical Academic Interventional Cardiology Consultant at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, says: “I joined the FLIER programme at a crucial time in my career. I was transitioning from being a member of an established research group to leading my own team. The programme was instrumental in shaping my leadership style and helping me not to feel overwhelmed by my new responsibilities. I have used my new skills to try to ensure that my group is successful and that each individual member enjoys what they do.”
Picture of Dr Sarah Stock
Dr Sarah Stock

The programme is equipping these emerging leaders with skills to help solve the biggest health challenges we will face, and enabling them to seize opportunities afforded to us by new discoveries in science, technology and medicine. Read about how the FLIER Future Leaders will transform the landscape in a blog from our previous President, Professor Sir Robert Lechler FMedSci.

The 19 participants joining us for the third round of FLIER (June 2022 – June 2024) are:

  • Dr Rubina Ahmed, Associate Director for Systems Engagement, Stroke Association
  • Dr Alex Casson, Reader (Associate Professor), Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester
  • Professor Joan Condell, School of Computing, Engineering and Intelligent Systems, Ulster University
  • Professor Bibek Gooptu, Professor of Respiratory Biology, University of Leicester
  • Dr Gita Khalili Moghaddam, UKRI Innovation Scholar, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Simon Lambden, Head of Medical Science, Inotrem
  • Dr Julie-Anne Little, Senior Lecturer in Optometry, Ulster University
  • Ms Emma Lowe, Head of Research Policy: Clinical Research and Growth, Department of Health and Social Care
  • Dr Charlotte Manisty, Associate Professor of Cardiology, University College London
  • Dr Maeva May, Head of Policy, British Heart Foundation
  • Dr Jacqueline Maybin, Senior Clinical Research Fellow, MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Edinburgh & Honorary Consultant Gynaecologist, NHS Lothian
  • Dr Shivani Misra, Senior Clinical Lecturer in Diabetes & Consultant in Metabolic Medicine, Imperial College London
  • Dr Dhruv Parekh, Associate Professor in Respiratory Medicine, University of Birmingham & Consultant in Critical Care & Respiratory Medicine, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Sheena Ramsay, Clinical Senior Lecturer & Honorary Consultant in Public Health, Newcastle University
  • Dr Jenny Rivers, Deputy Director of Research & Innovation, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Sarah Stock, Reader & Honorary Consultant in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Helen Surana, Associate Editor, BMJ Innovations
  • Professor Mike Trenell, Founder, Changing Health & Honorary Professor of Digital Medicine, Newcastle University
  • Dr Paul Welsh, Reader, Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow

Find out more about each of the participants from the first, second, and third rounds of the FLIER programme.

For more information, click on this link.