Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs



The day-to-day running of the organisation and our licensing and inspection operations are managed by a small core team, which is split into four directorates and led by a Chief Executive.

Chief Executive

Allan Marriott-Smith became Chief Executive of the HTA in July 2015. Allan joined the HTA in May 2009, most recently working as Director of Strategy and Quality where he had corporate responsibility for the strategic and business planning process, quality improvement and the regulation of living donation. Prior to that Allan had worked for a number of years as a government statistician at the UK Statistics Authority.
As the Chief Executive of the HTA, Allan is the Accounting Officer and is responsible for implementing the strategic plan of the organisation. This involves improving the efficiency and effectiveness of regulation, ensuring that the HTA has appropriate and productive relationships with its stakeholders, and leading and managing the skilled and dedicated workforce at the HTA. Allan is also responsible for ensuring that the HTA is governed effectively and provides good value for money.

Director of Data, Technology & Development

Louise joined the HTA in October 2019 as the Director of Data, Technology & Development.  Prior to joining the HTA she has held a number of senior roles across healthcare including seven years in regulation with the Care Quality Commission.

Louise enjoys the intellectual and creative challenge of developing and delivering innovative solutions in complex environments. Over the course of her career these innovations have been recognised through national awards and publications as well as driving change through policy and operational improvements.  

As our Director of Data, Technology & Development, Louise’s responsibilities include leading the HTA’s transformation programme over the next two years, developing the use of data and the insight that it can offer to how the HTA regulates and exploring opportunities for the adoption and use of technology in support how the HTA operates.  

Director of Regulation

Nicolette joined the HTA in June 2018 as our Director of Regulation. Previously, she was the Head of Regulatory Delivery for the Food Standards Agency and prior to this, she held a number of senior management roles within HMRC, Scottish Public Pensions Agency and Revenue Scotland.

Nicolette’s responsibilities include the oversight and management of the HTA’s delivery of a right-touch programme of licensing, inspection and incident reporting; targeting our resources where there is most risk to public confidence and patient safety. She also oversees our effective regulation of living organ donation.

As our Director of Regulation, Nicolette ensures we provide high quality advice and guidance in a timely way to support professionals, Government and the public in matters within our remit. She also makes sure we are consistent and transparent in our decision-making and regulatory action.

Director of Finance and Resources

Richard joined the HTA following a career as a finance professional in central government with a civil service background, most recently with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and the Ministry of Justice.

From November 2016, he became Director of Finance and Resources at both the HTA and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and splits his time between the two organisations.

At the HTA, Richard is responsible for leading and developing the financial and IT systems needed to support the HTA to carry out its statutory functions, and the provision of other facilities and services, including legal advice. He oversees financial governance and leads on risk management, working with the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee to ensure the Authority has assurance that the HTA’s systems are effective and working to fulfil our remit and objectives. Richard drives forward the HTA’s efficiency work, determines licence fees each year and plays a key part in change management.

Authority members

The professional Members of our Board come from medical and scientific backgrounds linked to our work, and the lay Members bring a wide range of business, commercial and public sector experience.

The work of the Board is varied and includes:

  • Setting the strategic direction of the HTA;
  • Monitoring progress against strategic objectives;
  • Making decisions on policy issues of strategic importance;
  • Challenging, scrutinising and monitoring the performance of the Senior Management Team;
  • Approving and monitoring the communications strategy;
  • Ensuring that the views of stakeholders are properly accounted for in decision making;
  • Ensuring that resources are adequate to deliver the strategy and are used efficiently and effectively;
  • Overseeing the remuneration arrangements for the Senior Management Team and staff;
  • Participating in Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee and Members’ groups;
  • Acting as a panel Member for certain decisions on living organ donation

Lynne is Chair of Sustrans and a trustee of The Welsh National Opera. She is also a Visiting Professor at the Business School (City, University of London), a Fellow Commoner of Lucy Cavendish College (University of Cambridge), and an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University.
Until recently Lynne was Chair of Breast Cancer Now, and before that  Deputy-Chair of the Canal and River Trust, Chair of Glandŵr Cymru (The Canal and River Trust in Wales), and was a non-executive director and Senior Independent Director at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
She has held Chief Executive roles at The Royal Volunteering Service (RVS), The Charity Commission, The General Social Care Council, The Equal Opportunities Commission, and The Family Welfare Association. 
Lynne has a long interest in regulation, and together with her former roles in regulation, has been a member of a number of Government "better regulation" initiatives, and chaired a working group on risk and regulation for the Cabinet Office.

Authority Member

From the very start of her career as a scientist, Charmaine has been passionate about the power of research to save and improve people's lives. Charmaine did her PhD and postdoctoral research in Neuroscience at University College London and, since leaving the laboratory in 2003, has held leadership roles in pioneering health and research organisations such as the British Heart Foundation and Institute of Cancer Research, been a Governor at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and Trustee at Brain Research UK. 

Since February 2020 Charmaine has been Chief Executive of The British Heart Foundation - the UK's largest independent funder of cardiovascular disease research and nation's heart charity. She also holds roles including as Chair of the Cranfield Trust, Board Member of the European Heart Network, and Chair of the Global Cardiovascular Funders Forum.

Authority Member

From 2007 till 2016, Lorna was Medical and Research Director of NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT).  Prior to that, she spent 16 years as an academic consultant with the University of Cambridge/National Blood Service. She was a founder of the UK haemovigilance scheme SHOT and the NHSBT/MRC Clinical Studies Unit.

Her interests are in clinical trials and policy making on safety issues. Lorna chaired the Royal College of Pathologists’ Transfusion Medicine Committee from 2010-2014 and was Director of Publishing and Engagement from 2015-2019. She is a Fellow Commoner of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge and a Trustee of Barts Charity.

Authority Member

Stuart is Chair of the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA). He is a fully GMC registered physician, who trained in General Medicine and General Practice before gaining many years experience in senior leadership roles at Roche, GlaxoSmithKline, Norgine, Takeda and UCB. He is the Founder of Vermilion Life Sciences, which provides consultancy services to reduce the time and cost of medicines development to improve patient access. 

Stuart is also a Board Trustee of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, and has worked as an external ‘Champion' for the UK Government's Office for Life Sciences, Accelerated Access Review.

Ellen is a former Management Board Executive Director and experienced Non-Executive Director with over 25 years commercial experience in the Private Sector. Her previous roles include Trading Director, responsible for the development of brands, products and services within Debenhams PLC, and Operations Director where she led a workforce of over 5,000 staff and a turnover of half a billion.

Ellen has significant corporate governance experience as a Non-Executive Director in the Public Sector and is currently a member of the Board of the Welsh Government, Qualifications Wales and Marie Curie Wales Advisory Board. Ellen previously held Non-Executive posts at Linc Cymru and the Audit and Risk Committee of the Welsh Government's Economy, Skills and Natural Resources Group. During this time she gained valuable knowledge of housing, care, transport, economy, skills and education.

As part of her work as a Non-Executive Director for the Welsh Government, Ellen is also a member of the SCS Remuneration Committee, the Finance Committee and the Transport for Wales Steering Board.

Ellen is a trained Executive Coach and has worked with many people and organisations across the UK, including the Cabinet Office.  She has a post graduate certificate (ILM level 7) in Executive Coaching.

Authority Member

'Glenn Houston has 35 years experience of working in health and social care in Northern Ireland. He was Chief Executive of the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) between 2009 and 2016. Glenn has held a number of other senior appointments at both director and Chief Executive level. He is currently a non-executive Director on the Board of the Northern Health and Social Care Trust and the Disclosure and Barring Service. He lives in County Down, Northern Ireland.

Authority Member

Jan is the Chair of Public Health Wales, the public health institute for Wales, and has over 41 years senior executive and non-executive experience in public services.

Jan has particular leadership expertise in “improvement science” and in the fields of investigation, inspection and regulation as they relate to generating improvements in policy and practice. She has held a number of senior posts at NHS Trust, Health Authority and Health Board levels, nationally and in Welsh Government, together with independent positions at UK, England and Wales levels.

Prior to her role in Public Health Wales, Jan was the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) Commissioner for Wales, Cheshire and Merseyside police forces.

Jan is currently a member of the Home Office Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) Quality Assurance panel for England and Wales which assesses DHRs conducted across the two countries, and advises on future learning in respect of improvements in policy and practice.

Authority Member

Professor Deborah is Emeritus Professor of Bioethics, Clinical Ethics and Medical Law at St. George's University of London. She has specialised in clinical and bioethics throughout her career with a particular emphasis on decision-making in policy and practice, most recently leading the review of consent guidance for the General Medical Council.

She currently serves as a Trustee of Princess Alice Hospice, a Council Member of the General Osteopathic Council and a Non-Executive Director of South West London and St George’s NHS Mental Health Trust, and the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Deborah has a particular interest in, and commitment to, public engagement in bioethics and clinical ethics, collaborating regularly with BBC Radio 4 and arts organisations, especially theatre companies.

In 2016, she was recognised in the New Year’s Honours List for services to medical ethics. 

Authority Member

Gary is a former Professor of Innovation at Keele University Business School, where he led and established the Mercia Centre for Innovation Leadership.

His corporate career was in senior leadership roles in Financial Services and organisational development and transformation, most notably for Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and latterly as Managing Consultant at PA Consulting.

He has held a wide range of Vice Chair and non-executive director roles with NHS Trusts, a building society and in education. Gary joined the HTA as a Member for 3 years from 1 September 2019.

Authority Member

In addition to being qualified as a barrister and solicitor in Ontario, Canada, Penney is Professor of Law at the Dickson Poon School of Law and Co-Director of the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics at King’s College London. She is a member of the Clinical Ethics Committee of St Christopher’s Hospice, and from 2010-2016, she was a member of the UK Donation Ethics Committee.

From 2004 to 2016, she was Vice-Chair of the King's College London Research Ethics Committee. Penney is an invited member of the Working Group on Deceased Donation of the European Platform on Ethical, Legal and Psychological Issues in Transplantation (ELPAT), and was part of a small expert group which drafted recently published European guidance on the ethical, legal and psychosocial aspects of organ donation after circulatory death (DCD).

Since January 2020, Penney is on secondment to the Law Commission as the Commissioner for Criminal Law for a period of 5 years.