BHP Leadership Team

Professor David Adams, BHP Director

DavidAdams1David’s clinical interests are transplant hepatology and autoimmune liver disease. Laboratory research interests are focused on mechanisms of immune-mediated liver disease. After initial training in hepatology in Birmingham he continued his immunology training with Dr Stephen Shaw at the Experimental Immunology Branch of the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, USA before being appointed to the Chair of hepatology in Birmingham in 1997. David is the current Pro Vice Chancellor, Dean of Medicine, and Head of the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham.

David is Chair of the Birmingham Health Partners Executive Committee, a board member and offers strategic oversight in the development and implementation of BHPs development strategies.

Dr John Williams, BHP managing director

John has a wealth of experience from a career in academia researching Physiology, first in the UK, and then the United States, to a number of strategic positions in the professional biomedical sector at the research charity, The Wellcome Trust, and the Academy of Medical Sciences. These roles encompassed policy communication regarding major government reviews, launching strategic research initiatives as well as grant development and a strategic framework refresh of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

John’s broad range of experience and insight developed over his extensive career in the biomedical sector is of great benefit to the partnership. Working with the Board and Executive, he coordinates the work of BHP on a day to day basis, managing the relationships with and between the partners, new and existing stakeholders and industry partnerships. Along side this John plays a central role in creating and developing the BHP business plan and delivering strategic objectives set by the Board.

Dr Emma Robinson, BHP Chief Operating Officer

emma-robinson-rlgDr Emma Robinson qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences followed by PhD in Molecular Microbiology from the University of Durham. Emma continued at Durham to carry out postdoc research before moving in to the biotech industry and the Medical Research Council in Oxford.

Emma was appointed as Research Manager at the University of Birmingham Medical School in 2004, followed by progression to Head of Research & Knowledge Transfer for the College of Medical & Dental Sciences in 2008 before appointment as College Director of Operations in January 2010.

As Chief Operating Officer, Emma coordinates operational work with partners and stakeholders and provides executive support and guidance for the BHP Board and Executive committees. In addition to this operational role, Emma is the Secretariat to the BHP Board of Directors and sits as an Executive committee member.