I hold a Personal Chair and am the Academic Director of Swansea Centre for Health Economics (SCHE); a thriving research centre based within the School of Health and Social Care, Swansea University. I am also the Co-Director of Health and Care Economics Cymru; one of the Health and Care Research Wales infrastructure groups, which aim to develop world-class research for Wales.
I spent my early career as a clinical and research nurse in oncology/ pancreatic disease; moving into the area of Quality of Life/ Patient Reported Outcome Measurement (PROMs) with a PHD from the University of Southampton in 2000 and obtaining one of the first Post-Doctoral Awards for Nursing and Allied Health Professions in 2002 from the Department of Health. I still remain a registered nurse. Since joining Swansea University in 2004, I developed a broader research portfolio to include health economics and outcomes research.
I remain a very active member of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Quality of Life Group, having been member of the executive committee and inaugural Co- Chair of the Project and Module Development Committee between 2012-2018.
In my spare time, I volunteer my experience as a Trustee of Tenovus Cancer Care.