The operations group contains a representative of each of the programme’s Delivery Partners. Its role is to review and approve implementation of the delivery plan on a day-to-day basis.
Dr Hilary Dobson, OBE
In February 2017, Hilary Dobson joined the Innovative Health Delivery Team (IHDP) as deputy to its Director, Professor Aileen Keel CBE. Prior to this appointment, from 1988 until December 2016, as Clinical Director, she set up and lead the West of Scotland Breast Screening Service - one of the largest UK Screening centres, responsible for the administration of the screening of 80,000 women annually (48% of the eligible Scottish population). Additionally, Hilary was the radiological lead of NHD Greater Glasgow and Clyde symptomatic breast services; this combined screening and symptomatic Service yields in excess of 1,000 new breast cancer diagnoses annually.
In Scotland, Hilary is Medical Advisor for Quality Assurance for the Scottish Breast Screening Programme and is a member of the Scottish Standing Screening Committee. Since 2015, she sits as a cancer expert on the UK National Screening Committee.
From 2011 to 2016, Hilary was the Lead Cancer Clinician for the West of Scotland Cancer Clinical Network (WoSCAN) and in this post she contributed to the Scottish programmes on Detect Cancer Early (DCE) and Transforming Care after Treatment (TCAT). She chairs the National Cancer Quality Steering Group (NCQSG) whose focus has been the development and implementation of 18 tumour-specific and 3 generic Quality Performance Indicators (QPIs). She remains a key influencer in both the development and delivery of a governance system to deliver continuous quality improvement in cancer care.
From April 2017, Hilary has assumed the role of Co-Chair of the Managed Service Network for Children and Young People with cancer (MSN CYPC).
In the Queen's birthday honours list of June 2014, Dr Dobson was awarded the OBE, in recognition of her contribution to cancer services in Scotland.
Dr Dave Fitch
Dave Fitch is the Programme Executive for the Cross Innovation Centre Cancer Innovation Challenge.
In the day job, he is the Head of Operations at The Data Lab, one of the eight Innovation Centres in Scotland. Funded with an £11.3M grant from the Scottish Funding Council, The Data Lab generates significant economic, social and scientific value to Scotland from data and data science. The Data Lab enables industry, public sector and world-class university researchers to innovate and develop new data science capabilities in a collaborative environment. He is responsible for the delivery of The Data Lab’s £2.7M programme of Collaborative Innovation projects that link industry and academia. His team of data scientists; contract, project and HR managers provide specialist support to private and public sector organisations across Scotland via three three hubs in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Glasgow.
I manage groupings of projects that focus on improving areas of health and care which have been targeted as being strategically important. This involves managing the projects right from the planning stage through to commercialisation, working with our civic, industry and academic partners and additional agencies. I also work on internal projects that aim at improving our service offering.
My background in Engineering means I have experience in product development and validation for global corporations. I have worked in a mix of client side and consulting, predominantly within life sciences. The bulk of my experience is the management of product development and launch in global markets. This involved competitor analysis, supply chain development and regionalisation of products.
I love the idea of making a difference and improving health and care. We get to work in teams with a great mix of people on projects that really do make an impact.
Marian has a background in Business Development and Professional Relations working in large pharmaceutical companies, including Eli Lilly and Astra Zeneca. She has recently (2016) gained a Masters in Stratified Medicine and Pharmacological Innovation (with Merit) from the University of Glasgow. She has extensive experience of the medical marketing interface for oncology pipeline products and has been part of a large multi-disciplinary team focused on development through to successful launch of targeted treatments for cancer.
Dr Stephen Pavis
Dr Stephen Pavis joined the Information Services Division (ISD) of National Services Scotland, NHS in 2003 and holds the post of Head of Services. He is currently responsible for the provision of the National Safe Haven and the joint services offered under the Scottish Informatics and Linkage Collaboration. He heads the eData Research and Innovation Service and is a co-investigator on the ESRC Administrative Data Research Centre grant. Stephen has recently chaired the ESRC’s Information Assurance Working Group to create equivalency in privacy protection across the UK’s Administrative Data Research Network. Previous roles within ISD have included Programme Principal for the Scottish Health Informatics Programme, Long Term Conditions, Social Care, and Drug and Alcohol Misuse. Before joining ISD, Stephen was Head of Department for Sociology at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Prior to this he was employed as a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh's Research Unit in Health and Behavioural Change, specialising in qualitative research methods. Whilst at Edinburgh University he held several grants relating to labour market change and health, and young people's health related behaviours. Stephen holds a PhD in Social Policy from the University of Edinburgh
Steph is the Project Manager for the Cancer Innovation Challenge and is based at the Challenge's lead Innovation Centre, The Data Lab.