Who We Are

Mike Bell

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) facilitator for NIHR CLAHRC West and the Bristol BRC

Mike has a background in advocacy, and most recently, NHS complaints Advocacy. Contact Mike if you need advice on practical issues including recruitment of public contributors, planning and running meetings and payment and expenses. If you are doing research on or about young people, Mike also runs a Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG) made up of young people aged between 9 and 18. He can be contacted by email mike.bell@bristol.ac.uk or telephone 0117 342 1249

Rosie Davies

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) West, Research Fellow (Patient and Public Involvement)

Rosie is the public involvement lead for NIHR CLAHRC West, working with Andy Gibson and Mike Bell to support involvement and engagement activities both within research projects and at a strategic level. She has a MPhil from the University of the West of England (UWE) on public involvement in health research and has contributed to several studies of public involvement in research at UWE. Until 2018 she was a Member of INVOLVE, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) national advisory group on public involvement in health research, and she continues to be an Associate Member.

Previous experience includes being involved in health research as a mental health service user for over 18 years, including conducting user-led research. She has been a service user advisor and co-applicant on the NIHR suicide prevention programme with the School for Social and Community Medicine at Bristol University, and a member of the Research and Development Committee of the local mental health NHS Trust.
Rosie supports the learning and development programme provided by People in Health West of England

Contact Rosie about: training and events, co-production, public involvement in mental health services on Rosemary3.Davies@uwe.ac.uk

Andy Gibson

University of the West of England, Associate Professor Patient and Public Involvement, Academic Lead for People in Health West of England

Andy has just joined the Department of Health and Social Sciences at the University of the West of England as an Associate Professor in Patient and Public Involvement. Before this he led the development of patient and public involvement in the Peninsula Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (PenCLAHRC). The main aim of Andy’s work was to embed meaningful patient and public involvement throughout the research carried out by PenCLAHRC. This included involving the public as both users and producers of research knowledge. He delivered this work in close collaboration with PenCLAHRC’s PPI team and PenPIG (Peninsula Public Involvement Group), a user led advisory group, made up of members of the public, service users and carers. Andy was also a member of the team that developed the Medical Research Council funded Public Impact Assessment Framework (PiiAF).

Michele Kok

Research Associate in Public Health, University of the West of England (UWE)

Michele is a Research Associate in Public Health at UWE, and has a background in hospital and regulatory pharmacy. Her work around Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) is within a work package for COMBACTE-MAGNET (Combatting Bacterial Resistance in Europe – Molecules against Gram Negative Infections), a consortium of pharmaceutical companies and academic partners, funded by a European public-private funding initiative – Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI). She is currently conducting a systematic review of the attitudes and approaches to PPI in Europe. This follows on from her publication of a toolkit and practical guide for PPI in antimicrobial medicines development research, which she has co-delivered several workshops on. Michele is also part of the PHWE team developing and delivering a practical workshop on PPI evaluation in research.

Contact Michele at michele.kok@uwe.ac.uk if you would like to discuss delivery of workshops related to PPI in medicines development or PPI evaluation in research. Read about Michele’s other research projects and publications here, and follow her on Twitter @Michele_Kok

Dave Rea, National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network West of England


Abby Sabey

Senior Lecturer in Research Methods, University of the West of England (UWE)

Abby is senior lecturer in research methods at UWE with a background in psychology, health research management and medical education research. She joined the PPI team in 2018 to provide support for the Public Involvement work in cardiovascular research at the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre. Abby is also responsible for leading the training programme at NIHR CLAHRC West which delivers courses in research and evaluation skills, and using health evidence, for the health and social care workforce and the public.

Sandra Tweddell

Public Contributor

Sandra’s career in education started as a teacher before moving onto leadership posts and finally lead inspector to Ofsted and trainer of inspectors. For the last 15 years she combined this with working as an International Education Consultant in countries such as Abu Dhabi, Uganda and the United States.  The work involved advising local, national and international governments on improving education through the evaluation of institutions and the management of change.


Sandra has lived with Type 1 diabetes since 1961 and is very conscious of varying levels of diabetes care across the country. As a result, she wanted to work to ensure that people with diabetes receive the best possible care to enable them to understand and manage their condition. Moving to Bristol, she found no local support groups so was instrumental in developing the structure of the Bristol Diabetes Support Network, which included a Strategy group involving members of the Bristol CCG and Bristol Community Health. This provided a forum for two-way communication of people’s experiences of diabetes care and developments in diabetes care. She is currently a public contributor to the WEAHSN working with the Digital Diabetes Coach initiative.

We also have an Operational Group and Steering Group who meet throughout the year.

The Steering Group agrees and reviews work plans and monitors delivery and resources needed.  Membership includes representatives from partner organisations; the People in Health West of England lead; the co-chairs of the Operational Group; public contributors; and a local member of the INVOLVE advisory group.

The Operational Group develops work plans for agreement with the Steering Group and monitors the ongoing delivery of work. Membership includes public contributors and staff from each collaborating organisation; the NIHR Research Design Service South West; regional Healthwatch organisations; and the People in Health West of England lead.