Clinical Advisory Board


Don Sharkey (Chair)

Don is a Clinical Associate Professor of Neonatal Medicine and Honorary Consultant Neonatologist at Nottingham University Hospitals. 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

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

Jon studied Medicine in Dundee, Scotland before training as a Paediatrician and Neonatologist in East Anglia and The East Midlands. In July 2018, 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

Dr 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

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.