Clinical advisory board

Don Sharkey (Neonatologist, Nottingham)

Professor Don Sharkey (Chair)

Don is Professor of Neonatal Medicine and Technologies, University of Nottingham, and Honorary Consultant Neonatologist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. He has a broad research portfolio including a particular interest in healthcare technology for babies and children. He is involved with medical device development in the fields of neonatal resuscitation, neonatal monitoring and diagnostics, automated early warning score systems incorporating electronic assessment of capillary refill, and also medical App development.

His other main research focus relates to inter-hospital transport of neonatal patients and the stress, vibration, noise and safety aspects of this.

Don is the lead clinical investigator on a number of healthcare technology studies including HeartLight (newborn resuscitation), DoppCord (newborn transition at the point of cord clamping), Preterm infant transport stress (PremiTranS) study, Gestational assessment tool (GestATion Study), Neonatal perfusion monitoring using laser speckle imaging (NeoPerf) and paediatric continuous early warning system (PRefill Study).

In addition to these, Don’s team is involved in developing models for neonatal transport stress and utility of near infra-red spectroscopy in a variety of neonatal settings.

Kenda Crozier (Midwife, Norwich)

Professor Kenda Crozier

Kenda works at the University of East Anglia where she is Professor of Midwifery and International Director in the School of Health Sciences. She has been a midwife for 27 years, with clinical experience in community and hospital care in England and Northern Ireland. She was awarded a PhD from University of Ulster in 2005 and has balanced a research and education portfolio since then. Her research interests include midwifery models of care, technology use and women’s health including mental health and wellbeing. In education, she led the midwifery team at UEA as Lead Midwife for Education from Dec 2013 – Jan 2018. Her teaching interests include caring for vulnerable women, perinatal mental health and understanding evidence based practice. She has co-edited three textbooks: Collaborative learning in practice for healthcare students will soon be published by Wiley; Midwifery Management of Emergencies in Community and Low tech settings published by Macmillan and Neonatal care: a textbook for student midwives and nurses. She is visiting Professor at BCN college in ChiangMai, Thailand.

Jon Dorling (Neonatologist, Canada

Professor Jon Dorling

Jon studied Medicine in Dundee, Scotland before training as a Paediatrician and Neonatologist in East Anglia and The East Midlands. He is now Consultant Neonatologist & Professor of Paediatrics, Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton, UK. Prior to this, Jon joined the Department of Pediatrics at Dalhousie University as a Professor of Pediatrics and Head of the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, at Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre, Nova Scotia, Canada. He was previously an Associate Professor in the University of Nottingham and a Consultant Neonatologist in Nottingham. He has held a number of managerial roles including Lead Clinician roles for the Nottingham Neonatal Service, Local Clinical Research Network and the Trent Perinatal Network.

His research interests are in Perinatal Clinical Trials and Perinatal Epidemiology and he is involved in multi-centre research studies in the UK and Canada. He was the Chief Investigator for SIFT (Speed of Increasing Feeds Trial) which recruited 2804 infants and the neonatal lead of the CORD Pilot trial of deferred cord clamping.

Katie Morris (Obstetrician, Birmingham)

Professor Katie Morris

Professor Katie Morris is a Consultant Obstetrician and subspecialism in maternal-fetal health at Birmingham Women’s Hospital and holds an academic appointment as a Reader in Maternal-Fetal Health at the University of Birmingham. Her clinical expertise relates to prenatal diagnosis, the diagnosis of fetal anomalies, conditions requiring fetal therapy including complications of monochorionic twins and intrauterine growth restriction and high-risk obstetrics including maternal cardiac disease and preterm birth. Her research relates to her areas of clinical expertise and employs diverse methodologies including prognostic modelling, test accuracy research, epidemiology studies, randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses. As Director of Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit she is responsible for leading, developing and delivering a robust and effective clinical trials strategy to assure excellence of the research programme.

Yvonne Hooton

Mrs. Yvonne Hooton

Yvonne is Clinical Specialist to SurePulse Medical Ltd. She worked at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust for 30 years and is a Registered General Nurse/Registered Sick Children’s Nurse with a BSc in Health Studies. Yvonne has extensive experience in Neonatal care having worked as a Neonatal Sister, Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Children’s Clinical Research Nurse working on obstetric, paediatric and neonatal studies. As well as working for SurePulse Yvonne continues to work for the NHS.

Dr. James Carpenter


James Carpenter has served as CEO of SurePulse Medical since its incorporation in mid-2014, having worked to secure considerable grant funding for early development and trials. He has spent 7 years working in medical device engineering and development, particularly focussed on blood flow analysis in the field of Laser Doppler Blood Flowmetry. More recently his work has been centred on high-reliability heart rate estimation. He holds a PhD in Electronic Engineering from the University of Nottingham.

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Warwick Adams

Non-Executive Director

Warwick Adams has 30 years of experience in the design and manufacture of electronic equipment both in the commercial and medical arena. He started in electronics within the Medical Physics department at the Queens Medical Centre Nottingham and then formed his own business in 1982 designing and manufacturing medical and commercial electronics and systems. Warwick has founded a number of businesses and holds a board position in many of these companies a number of which are certified to ISO 13485. Warwick has also been involved in a number of successful applications and grants for Innovate UK projects with Nottingham University.

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Bill Allan


Bill has a strong international track-record of focussed, profitable sales growth and of developing high performance teams through small and large scale organisational development. For the past 10 years, Bill has led and transitioned 2 small Medical Device companies to sale and integration, and is a non-executive Board Member for a number of Medical Technology companies.

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Matthew Butler

Electronics Engineer

Matthew Butler is an experienced electronics and software engineer. He has designed electronics solutions for international companies, and is bewilderingly fluent in a variety of software languages. He holds a PhD degree in electronic engineering.

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Prof. Barrie Hayes-Gill

Research Director

Professor Barrie Hayes-Gill has over 30 years of expertise in medical electronic devices and has considerable experience of taking devices into the clinic including co-founding Monica Healthcare Ltd that has fully commercialised a fetal heart rate monitor. He has taken several devices through regulatory approvals in the EU (CE) and USA (FDA). He has managed and delivered a number of projects that have underpinned SurePulse's development.

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Quentin Hayes

Commercial Manager

Quentin has over 25 years’ experience in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and healthcare services in the private sector and the NHS. His leadership roles include Sales, Marketing, Market Access, Clinical Research, Governance, Operational and Executive Management. He has Project Leadership expertise in Change Management, Business/Process improvement, and Contract Management.

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Yvonne Hooton

Clinical Specialist

Yvonne is our Clinical Specialist who has worked at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust for 30 years, she is a Registered General Nurse/Registered Sick Children's Nurse with a BSC in Health Studies. She has extensive experience in Neonatal care having worked as a Neonatal Sister, Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Children's Clinical Research Nurse working on obstetric, paediatric and neonatal studies.

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Russell Hoyle

Non-Executive Director

Russell Hoyle runs an independent business consultancy advising small and medium sized companies on their strategic development opportunities. As well as being a Non-Executive Director of SurePulse Medical Ltd, he is a Special Partner with private equity firm Vitruvian Partners LLP, and Chairman of UK based electronics manufacturer Tioga Ltd. He is a Board member of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, which advises Government and Regulators on policy in relation to research, education and treatment for problem gamblers. Until mid-2010, he was Chairman of Inspired Gaming Group plc, an AIM listed technology provider to the land based gaming market.

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Dr Damon McCartney

Principal Engineer

Dr Damon McCartney is an experienced product development manager, and is responsible for all engineering aspects of the company’s products. He has spent several years working in start-ups in a variety of industries. He holds a PhD in electronic engineering.

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Dr Son Nguyen

Electronics Engineer

Son Nguyen has experience in building products to medical device quality standards (e.g. BS EN 60601-1) having spent a number of years designing skin impedance tracking systems. He graduated with a PhD in electronic engineering from the University of Nottingham in 2016.

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Khoa Pham


Khoa Pham is our company administrator and literally holds everything together! She has a number of degrees and experience in administration and book-keeping.

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Catherine Procter

Software Engineer

Catherine is a highly experienced software engineer responsible for developing and testing embedded code for our medical devices. She has held positions in multiple reliability-critical industries. She holds a Masters Degree in Reliable Embedded Systems.

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Dr Don Sharkey

Clinical Director

Dr Don Sharkey is Professor of Neonatal Medicine and Technologies, University of Nottingham, and honorary consultant neonatologist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. He has overseen previous published newborn baby trials in both the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and delivery room.

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