Advisory Board & Partners

Advisory Board

Mike Farrar

Mike Farrar CBE

Advisory Board Chair

Former CEO of NHS Confederation, Mike’s roles in the NHS have focused on Primary Care and clinical improvements. He is a prominent thought leader and consultant to the NHS, where he supports system-side leadership groups in a number of major Trusts. He is assisting Forte Medical with its approaches to GPs and NHS leadership. Mike’s connections to liquid biopsy researchers and the sports industry promise to prove valuable in the development and application of its new product portfolio.

Dr Mark Wilks

Microbiology Research, Queen Mary University London

A Clinical Lead Research Scientist, we met Mark in the microbiology lab at Barts Health NHS Trust. His special interests include introduction of new technology to the lab and systems improvement. He is Editor of PCR Methods for the Detection of Microbial Pathogens.

Sheena Byrom OBE

Sheena Byrom OBE

Consultant Midwife and Co-Founder, All4Maternity

Sheena is a practising midwife of 40 years, having worked in the NHS for most of that time. One of the UK’s first consultant midwives, and as head of midwifery, she successfully helped to lead the development of three birth centres in East Lancashire. She provides consultancy services to both NHS Trusts and to organisations globally; helping them to support normal, physiological childbirth. She is involved in several midwifery related charities, and is one of the project leads of the Midwifery Unit Network, which assists and promotes midwifery led units (birth centres) both online, and face-to-face. Sheena and her midwife daughter Anna Byrom are the proud new owners of The Practising Midwife and the online platform

Dr Liam Farrell

Dr Liam Farrell

Retired NHS GP and Author

A UCD graduate, Dr Liam Farrell was a family doctor in Crossmaglen for 20 years, and MacMillan Fellow in Palliative Care during the 1990s. Liam is the author of ‘Are you the f**king doctor?’ a collection of his award-winning columns published in medical titles including British Medical Journal, the Lancet, Journal of General Practice and GP Magazine.

Liam was Columnist of the Year at the UK Magazine Awards in 2005, the Irish Medical Media Awards 2002, and the UK Medical Journalists Association 2011. He presented A Country Practicefor BBC NI and HealthCheckfor UTV, and was medical correspondent for BBC NI Radio news from 1996-1998.

Liam now curates the #IrishMedand #WritersWise tweetchats, and received the Advancing Health through Mediaaward at the Zenith Global Healthcare Awards 2018.

His wife, Brid, is a consultant in Public Health Medicine and he has 3 children, Jack, in Washington, Katie, in London, and Grace, in Dublin.

Twitter; @drlfarrell