Non-Executive Members

Professor John Iredale

Professor John Iredale

John is Pro Vice Chancellor Health and Life Sciences at the University of Bristol. He holds the chair of Experimental Medicine, and his areas of leadership and responsibility are for the research, teaching and management strategy for the Schools of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Medicine, Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, Biological Sciences and Psychological Science across the relevant Faculties at the University of Bristol. He also holds Honorary Consultant contracts with the North Bristol NHS Trust and the University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust.

Professor Iredale is the Chair of REF 2021 Main Panel A. Previously Professor Iredale was the Regius Chair of Medical Science, Dean of Clinical Medicine and Vice Principal Health Services at the University of Edinburgh where he led the Medical School. He has previously held the Chair of Medicine in Edinburgh (2006-2013), the chair of Medicine at the University of Southampton (2004-2006) and a Personal Chair in Hepatology (2000-2004).


Professor Iredale graduated from the University of Southampton with honours in Clinical Distinction in 1985 and was awarded a DM in 1995. He was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 1999 and The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 2007. He was made a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2003 and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011.

Research interests

Professor Iredale's research interests are focused on innate immunity, tissue scarring and regeneration and he has published extensively on these subjects including key contributions in manuscripts published in Science, The Journal of Clinical Investigation, PNAS, Nature Medicine and Nature Cell Biology in addition to other specialist journals. Between 2010 and 2016, Iredale was Non-Executive Director of NHS Lothian.

Kelvin Blake

Kelvin is an experienced non-executive director and board level leader. Up until very recently he led some of the largest and complex programmes for BT and their customers and also sat as a board member on BT’s South West regional board. He has experience in the NHS having spent six years on the board of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.

Kelvin is also currently a Non-Executive Director of BrisDoc and of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce & Initiative (BCCI). He is also a charity trustee of WECIL and Second Step.

John Everitt

John is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 30 years’ experience of leading large private and public sector organisations. In 2013, he retired after 17 years as Chief Executive of Bath & North East Somerset Council; prior to this he was a Managing Director for Bouygue, a French Multi National. As well as running large public and private sector organisations, John has significant experience of local/national government, governance arrangements, the voluntary sector and partnership working.

Ade Williams

Ade is a Director and Superintendent Pharmacist of the M J Williams Pharmacy Group. He is the Lead prescribing Pharmacist at the multi-award winning Bedminster Pharmacy, an independent Healthy Living Pharmacy in South Bristol. He also works as part of a GP Clinical Team.

Recognition of his work includes the 2019 NHS Parliamentary Award for Excellence in Primary Care, GP-Pharmacist of the Year 2019 and NHS Pharmacist of the Year 2018. As part of the 2018 NHS70 Parliamentary Awards, he was nominated as the Person-Centred Care Champion. In 2017, alongside being the UK Community Pharmacist of the Year, he was awarded the inaugural Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Patient Champion Award. For distinction in the practice of pharmacy, he received Fellowship of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Ade is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health, a board member of the Self Care Forum, Pharmacy Ambassador for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Charity and a Public Health England Vaccine Hero – promoting broader access and increased vaccination uptake.

Kelly Macfarlane

Kelly is Managing Director of Customer Experience at Thames Water where she has responsibility for service operations including their Wholesale and Developer services divisions.  Kelly previously worked at Openreach, the infrastructure division of BT Group and has significant experience managing customer service operations and infrastructure in regulated environments having held other operational and service transformation roles at Deloitte, Tiscali and npower.

Kelly is also a Vice President of the Institute of Customer Service.

LaToyah McAllister-Jones

LaToyah has over 20 years’ experience working in the homelessness sector with complex needs individuals and is experienced working in multi-disciplinary environments, providing support and care to vulnerable individuals.

She is the Executive Director of St Pauls Carnival and previously worked as the Head of Operations at Ujima Radio. LaToyah has significant experience working across a range of communities and cultural institutions in the city of Bristol particularly with African Caribbean-led community organisations.

LaToyah’s experience crosses front-line operational delivery as well as roles with a strategic focus; after managing accommodation services for street homeless individuals she moved in change management, supporting small organisations with a social purpose in strategic team development to increase impact and improve outcomes.

LaToyah sits on the board of Bristol Festivals, a membership organisation which represents festivals and events in the city. She also sits on the board of United Communities, a Bristol-based housing association with a focus on community housing. She is also a Clore Social Fellow and action learning facilitator.

Tim Gregory

Tim is an experienced director having worked in a range of organisations, including the Ministry of Defence and County Councils. Tim has experience of leading and managing large organisations including the delivery of critical operational services such as Highways and Waste as well as all the corporate services, including ICT, finance, HR and property departments.

Tim finished his last role as Corporate Director – Place at Nottinghamshire County Council in December 2016 where he was responsible for 4000+ staff and led change programmes to drive improvements and efficiencies.  These included the introduction of new integrated IT systems and process improvement and the establishment of 2 innovative joint ventures.  Tim also has extensive experience of working in and with central government through his role a corporate director and as a Royal Marines Brigadier when working in the Ministry of Defence.

Richard Gaunt

Richard is an experienced Board Member and Audit & Risk Committee Chair (most recently with Alliance Homes), with other appointments including Chair of the Business Services and Remuneration Committees and Board Vice-Chair at City of Bristol College and a governor at Colston's Girls' School..

He brings a broad range of skills including significant strength in finance, strategy and treasury. Prior to his retirement in 2009, Richard was an Audit Partner at KPMG, and he remains a Fellow of the Society of Chartered Accountants England and Wales.