Professor Nalin Thakkar BDS, MSc, PhD, FRCPath

Nalin is Vice-President for Social Responsibility and joined the Board of Governors in 2017.

Nalin Thakker

Nalin is Vice-President for Social Responsibility and Professor of Molecular Pathology at The University of Manchester, and Consultant Histopathologist at the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT). He served as an Associate Vice-President for ten years with responsibility for oversight of non-financial risk and compliance, and research governance and integrity. In his NHS role, he leads the head and neck adult histopathology service for a large NHS Trust with a regional head and neck oncology centre.

Nalin served as a non-executive director (ministerial appointment) of the Health Research Authority (HRA) from its establishment in 2015 as a non-departmental public body to 2018. The HRA is one of the key regulators overseeing health and social care research with a remit to protect and promote the interests of patients and the public in health and social care research. Nalin is currently a non-executive director of the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, the only specialist neurology and neurosurgery NHS Trust in the UK. In 2017 he was listed in the top 50 most influential BAME leaders in the public sector.

Nalin has served on the Royal College of Pathologists’ Ethics Committee and as a National Advisor to the HRA on genetic and genomic research and the use of human tissues in research. Prior to this, he was a National Research Ethics Advisor to the National Research Ethics Service.