Dr Mark Hughes


Dr Mark Hughes is founder of mch, a staff development and management consultancy firm that increases the positive impact of Third Sector organisations. Mark’s staff development work encompasses one to one mentoring of senior managers and group training in areas such as Leadership, Emotional Intelligence and Mentoring. He also assists teams to work more effectively together. Through his consulting work, Mark assists charities in areas such as strategy and programme design, delivery and evaluation.

Prior to founding mch in 2005, Mark was Chief Executive of Rumbalara, an Aboriginal sporting and community development organisation. Before that, he gained an excellent grounding in staff development at the international management consultancy firm, McKinsey & Company. Mark also has a Doctorate in Organic Chemistry from Oxford University and a Master’s Degree in Diplomacy and Trade.

Professor Rona Campbell


Rona is Professor of Public Health Research and leads the Centre for Public Health Research within the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol. She is the Director of DECIPHer and the Bristol lead for the NIHR School for Public Health Research. Rona leads programmes of research concerned with multiple risk behaviour in adolescence and health promotion in schools. She is currently involved in conducting a number of systematic reviews, including Cochrane Reviews of the WHO Health Promoting School Framework for improving the health and well-being of students and staff, and of interventions to prevent multiple risk behaviours in young people. Rona has a strong interest in methodological research, in particular, how to use qualitative methods alongside quantitative approaches, and how to make better use of social and behavioural theory in public health research. She is involved in a number of randomised trials of health improvement interventions for children and young people. With Professor Laurence Moore she founded DECIPHer Impact, a not-for-profit company dedicated to licensing and supporting the dissemination of evidenced-based, public health improvement interventions.

Dr Glesni Pierce-Jones


Glesni Pierce-Jones joined the Board in February 2013 on behalf of Cardiff University. Glesni is a Technology Transfer Project Officer at Cardiff University, working with academics from the College of Physical Sciences and Engineering to commercialise the outcomes of their research, either via creation of a spinout company or licensing to a third party. Prior to this, Glesni completed a DPhil in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Oxford in 2009 and graduated from Cardiff University in 2005.

Andrew Wilson


Andrew is a Research Commercialisation Manager at University of Bristol and works with academics and clinicians from the University’s Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry to facilitate the transfer of a range of technologies (mainly therapeutics and diagnostics) to commercial organisations. His portfolio also includes a range of non-technology based health interventions. Andrew joined Bristol from UWE, where he worked in Technology Transfer for 10 years. In the more distant past he was a plant sciences researcher at Bristol.

Professor Marcus Munafò


Marcus Munafò is Professor of Biological Psychology in the School of Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol, and Director of the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group.

His group is part of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, and the Medical Research Council Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol. Marcus’s research focuses on understanding pathways into, and the consequences of, health behaviours and mental health, with a particular focus on tobacco and alcohol use. This work incudes: 1) observational and genetic epidemiology, and the use of a range of methods that enable stronger causal inference from observational data, such as negative control and Mendelian randomization methods; 2) the laboratory study of cognitive and neurobiological mechanistic pathways that underpin exposure-outcome relationships; and 3) the development of novel individual- and population-level interventions that target these mechanisms, including choice architecture interventions.

Scientific Advisor to the Board – Professor Laurence Moore


Laurence Moore is Director of the MRC / CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow. Prior to this, he was founding Director of DECIPHer, a UKCRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence, which is a strategic partnership between Cardiff, Bristol and Swansea Universities, in each of which he previously held teaching and/or research positions in human geography, health services research, medical statistics and public health improvement. He is a social scientist and statistician with a particular interest in the development and evaluation of complex interventions to improve public health, underpinned by frameworks such as the socio-ecological model of health and an awareness of the complex interdependencies between individual, social, environmental and economic determinants of health. Laurence has been involved in the development and evaluation of ASSIST for the past 14 years.