is Professor of Obstetrics at King’s College London, based at St. Thomas’ Hospital and is Clinical Director of South London Clinical Research Network. He sits on the UK HTA commissioning board.
He specialises in clinical trials in antenatal and intrapartum care. His research interests include interventions to predict and prevent preterm birth, pre-eclampsia, obstetric anaesthesia, global health and the use of blood pressure monitoring. His current research funding as applicant/co applicant is >£30m, in 19 grants. He has published over 350 peer reviewed research reports (H index >40).
He has an active clinical role in managing high risk obstetric patients, including a regular hands-on labour ward commitment, and a specialist preterm birth surveillance clinic (award winning 2013/2015/2016 innovations prize) that accepts national and international referrals. He is the recipient of the international 2017 Newton Prize (£200,000) for excellence in research and innovation in support of economic development and social welfare in low and middle-income countries. He was awarded an OBE in 2018 for services to maternity care.
He was made an honorary member of the Obstetric Anaesthetic Association (OAA) in 2010. He chaired the Department of Health Committee on Blood Pressure Monitoring in clinical practice, and has sat on the relevant committees for the International Standardization Organization (ISO), British Standards Institute (BSI) and the British Hypertension Society (BHS). He also advises the World Health Organisation (WHO) on perinatal research, and was a member of the Low Resource Use Blood Pressure device committee for the WHO. He is an expert advisor to the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) Hypertension in Pregnancy CDG, the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (CEMACH), Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and advises the EU Commission. He was clinical director of the Maternity Workstream for NHS London 2008-2010, establishing a number of committees to determine long term strategy for Healthcare for London. He was the National chair of the reproductive health and childbirth specialty group 2010 to 2015, when it became the leading specialty in recruitment numbers nationally.
His charity work also includes supporting Little Angels in Cape Town, chair of Action on pre-eclampsia (APEC), and advises Tommys the Baby Charity and Action Medical Research.