Simon Denegri, Chair
Chair of INVOLVE
I am the Chair of INVOLVE.  I am also the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) National Director for Public Participation and Engagement in Research. My previous roles have been Chief Executive of Ovarian Cancer Action and Chief Executive of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) from 2006-2011. My background is in campaigning and communications and has included roles such as Assistant Chief Executive and Head of Public Affairs at the Alzheimer’s Society in 2002-2003 and 1992-1997 respectively. The latter coincided with the formation of the Society’s Quality Research in Dementia (QRD) public involvement programme. Since my arrival at AMRC the Association has actively promoted the merits of public involvement to its members including our ‘Natural Ground’ report in 2009 and recent route-map to public involvement co-produced with TwoCan Associates. I am a member of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Board, NIHR Advisory Board and also on the patient sub-group of the Royal College of Physicians ‘Medicines Forum'.