Expert Panel

We’re passionate about being well

Our Vision is to create, from the ground up, a Centre of excellence which nurtures early stage, often fragile, start-ups, so they become scalable World renowned Companies which deliver measurable improvements in human Wellness. Our work will have impact far beyond our geographical base in the Isle of Man, British Isles.

Dr. Michael A Crawford

Dr Michael A Crawford PhD, FRSB, FRCPath is a visiting professor at Imperial College, London and Chief Investigator for a study in pregnancy and neurodevelopment.  He gained his PhD at the Royal Post-Graduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital in 1960. He worked at the Medical College Kampala, Uganda, Department of Pharmacology, Uppsala University and the Nuffield Institute of Comparative Medicine and University of Nottingham. In 1971 working with Andrew Sinclair he described the essentiality of omega 3 docosahexaenoic acid. This discovery was followed by research showing its relevance to cell membrane integrity, neurodevelopment and behaviour. In 1990 he launched the Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition and the Mother and Child Foundation.

His pioneering work in essential fatty acids has resulted in being granted the following International Honours for contributions to Public Wellness: Order of the Rising Sun, 2015, Tokyo, Japan, given by The Emperor of Japan. Chevreul Medal, awarded 2015, Paris, France.  Alexander Leaf Distinguished Scientist Award for Lifetime Achievement at ISSFAL, Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2016.  Granted a Freeman of the City of London in 2017.  In April 2018 Professor Crawford received the Global Award for Omega 3 research and the brain as well as well as for his contribution to public health. It was given by the Much Love Foundation of China.

Dominic Schiller

Dom is a leading intellectual property (IP) attorney in the field of botanical medicines and external IP legal counsel for two of the world’s leading botanical medicine companies: GW Pharmaceuticals and Phynova. Dom has significant experience in protecting, licencing and exploitation of natural products IP (Intellectual Property). Additional experience includes algal bio-fermentation, stem cells, nutraceuticals, novel drug delivery methods, coated nano-particles, additive manufacturing, and augmented & virtual reality. He also runs his own business incubator 4748 Limited with bespoke accommodation in Liverpool.

Dr Tariq Ali

Dr Tariq Ali has over 20 years of academic and industrial experience in protein chemistry and molecular biology. He gained his PhD from The University of Cambridge and worked as a research associate at the University of Oxford. He has a specific interest and expertise in upstream and downstream protein production. He has been directly involved in the development of ADCs and orphan disease ‘biologics’ and imaging agents for cancer diagnosis and treatment. Dr Ali also has experience and expertise in biosensor development, anti- counterfeiting and discovery of new near infra-red fluorescent (NIRF) proteins.

Rachel V. Gow, PHD

Rachel is a guest researcher and Lead Associate Investigator of the Neuroimaging, Omega‐3 and Reward in Adults with ADHD (NORAA) trial at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S. This study was the first randomized, double‐blind, placebo‐controlled, clinical trial to test the effects of omega‐3 fats in the brain activity of adults with ADHD. Prior to this role, Dr. Gow was awarded a Ph.D in Child Neuropsychology from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. During this Dr. Gow worked in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and conducted clinical research in children/adolescents with and without ADHD investigating blood measures of omega-3 fatty acids and assessments of brain function using EEG and Event Related Potentials. Dr. Gow has a Master of Science in Psychological Research Methods (Distinction) from Birkbeck University of London. Dr. Gow’s under-graduate Psychology degree which was awarded First Class with Honors from the University of Kingston, London, accredited also by the British Psychological Society.

Russell Gundry

Russell is passionate about meaningful healthcare improvement and wellness, in the Isle of Man where he was born, and beyond. He has broad consulting and leadership experience with specialism in service design, facilitation, systems thinking and managing complexity. Currently working projects that move health services towards care that is integrated; making the most of digital technology. Russell’s primary interest is how people and systems really learn. In his career, he has looked at this problem through the lens of social history, in high risk environments as an outdoor instructor, as a management consultant and within the National Health Service. He is engaged in a research project with the International Bateson Institute to gain a deeper understanding of what learning means for avoidable ill health. Russell is an active member of the Society for Cybernetics in Organisations (SCiO), the Relating Systems and Design conference, and a fellow of the RSA.

Julie Wooton

Julie has over 30 years’ clinical and leadership experience holding executive positions in both national and multinational organisations in the UK and The Middle East. Highly analytical, Julie has a proven track record in successfully developing and leading innovative and effective improvement strategies in response to an increasingly complex and challenging health & social care environment. Julie has been personally appointed to develop a number of healthcare start-up companies adopting alternative business models and developing alternative strategies to build robust healthcare organisations that are built on humanitarian healthcare principles. These strategies have cemented strategic collaborations with the NHS, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Private Health Care Providers and International Partners.

Graham Clucas

Graham is a Psychotherapist, restorative counsellor and trainer holding an MA in Counselling as well as Post-Graduate qualifications in psychotherapy. He has a deep understanding and passion for working with the most isolated, vulnerable and hurt members of society. His fulfilment comes from restorative therapy. He has worked at the most challenging and extreme edges of therapy in a variety of settings. These include: therapeutic communities, social enterprises within the mental health field and criminal justice system, as well as homeless hostels and addiction centres. Graham’s passion for working with this often neglected part of society is simple: he has been there personally, previously, and now seeks to help others move through those experiences. His research interests include how people change; seeing criminality, mental health and addiction as a developmental problem rather than a moral or medical issue for society. His perspective is in looking at rehabilitation and recovery systems from a far more holistic view point. Graham is currently involved in a community driven project helping marginalised individuals re-integrate into society. He is also developing a wearable ‘experiential learning technology’ for restorative psychological wellness, initially targeting addicts and offenders.

Mark Whitney

Mark Whitney is Founder and Managing Director of Pillar Healthcare Ltd., a leading nutritional company specialising in endocrinological health. Having obtained his qualifications in business studies and nutritional science, Mark set out to change the way we looked at nutrition, its role in health and fighting disease and illness. Mark pioneered Europe’s first pilot study to assess the impact of a nutraceutical supplement on fertility parameters in both men and women. This study was initiated on the Isle of Man, British Isles. Following on from the pilot study’s success, Mark has developed this concept into a larger multi-country, multi-centered international clinical trial, due to start late 2017. Mark has also developed nutritional formulations for several well-known nutritional brands in Ireland and the UK and sits on many expert panels within this field. When Mark is not busy trying to convince the world there is a better way to treat patients through nutrition and supplementation, he is a keen humanitarian and has spent time in Vietnam helping to build social networks in vulnerable communities.

Robert Verkerk BSc MSc DIC PhD FACN

Dr Verkerk is an internationally-acclaimed sustainability scientist. For over 30 years he has developed an intimate relationship with the tightropes that span between science and law, between academia and industry, between government and the people — and not least — between humanity’s internal and external environments. He has Masters and Doctorate degrees from Imperial College London, where he also worked as a postdoctoral Research Fellow for 7 years.

In 2002, he founded the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl), an independent, not-for-profit research, educational and advocacy organisation with an international remit to protect and promote natural and sustainable healthcare using the tools of ‘good science’ and ‘good law’. As founder, executive and scientific director of ANH-Intl, Dr Verkerk has directed legal actions to protect the right to natural health and campaigned against drinking water fluoridation and genetically modified crops. He has also been instrumental in exposing the limitations of classical risk analysis as applied by government authorities to foods and natural health products and he is a recognised pioneer in the development of novel, scientifically rational risk/benefit analysis approaches.

Dr Verkerk is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, has authored some 60 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings and contributes regularly to magazines and other popular media. He is an accomplished and inspirational speaker and communicator on a wide range of issues relating to sustainability in healthcare, agriculture, food quality and related fields.