Executive Team

Iain Cameron

Dean of the Faculty of Medicine

Iain Cameron is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton. After graduating in Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, he underwent postgraduate clinical and research training in obstetrics and gynaecology, and reproductive medicine, in Edinburgh, Melbourne and Cambridge.

Iain Cameron

The Dean of Medicine

Iain Cameron

He held the Regius Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Glasgow from 1993 and moved to Southampton in 1999. His main clinical and research interests are reproductive endocrinology, the treatment of sub-fertility and investigation of the impact of the maternal environment on early pregnancy.

Iain is a member of the Scientific and Ethical Review Group, Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction, World Health Organisation; a member of the Executive Committee, and Chair of the Medical Staffing Sub-Committee, Medical Schools Council; and a member of the Boards of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) and the UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO).


Tim Elliott

Associate Dean

Professor Tim Elliott is an Associate Dean in Medicine, with responsibility for directing the Faculty's research.  He joined the University of Southampton from the University of Oxford in 2000, to take up the post of Chair of Experimental Oncology.

Tim led the RAE submissions for Medicine, and has taken a leading role in developing the University's new cross-faculty, interdisciplinary Institute for Life Sciences, of which he is now Deputy Director.

He was amongst the key group of immunologists who developed studies of antigen presentation at the molecular level during the 1980s - work considered to be the fundamental foundation of much of the recent research that is making a significant impact on new and ongoing cancer vaccine trials.  
Tim has published more than 100 papers in the field of molecular immunology; was visiting lecturer of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, University of Edmonton, Alberta; and recently held a visiting Professorship at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam.

He sits on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Immunology, Current Molecular Medicine, Medical Hypotheses and Research, Cellular Calcium, Current Chemical Biology; and has held appointments on Scientific Advisory boards at the Wellcome Trust, the Association of International Cancer Research, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, and Symphogen. 


John Holloway

Associate Dean

John Holloway holds the chair of Allergy and Respiratory Genetics and is co-leader of the Human Genetics and Genomic Medicine in the Human Development & Health Academic Unit. He is Associate Dean International and Enterprise within Medicine. 

John leads the Respiratory Genetics Group, based in the Human Development and Health and Clinical and Experimental Sciences Academic Units. The Respiratory Genetics Group undertakes a number of research projects into the genetic basis of allergy, asthma and other respiratory diseases. He was part of the team that identified the first asthma susceptibility gene through positional cloning (ADAM33) and had contributed extensively to the understanding of the genetic basis of asthma susceptibility. More recently his work has focused on the genetic and epigenetic basis for the role of early life in determining susceptibility to these conditions. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and 50 contributed reviews/book chapters.

John is Vice-chair of the BMBS COST Action network: Developmental origins of Chronic Lung Disease and he is a member of the Asthma UK Research Review Panel. He currently serves on the editorial board of Allergy (European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology) and has previously been an associate editor for Clinical & Experimental Allergy and served as a member of Council for the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. He is currently a Faculty Member for the Respiratory Pharmacology Section of Faculty of 1000.

As well as his on-going research, John also contributes to Clinical Pharmacology and Molecular Cell Biology teaching as part of the Bachelor of Medicine program and is the lead for basic science in the undergraduate medical curriculum.


Chris Stephens

Associate Dean

Professor Chris Stephens is responsible for Education and Student Experience in the Faculty. He is also a University Director of Education. He leads the development and implementation of Medicine's educational strategy, student recruitment, educational innovation, educational quality assurance and enhancing the student experience. 

Chris led the expansion of Medicine at the University from an intake of 150 students in 1998 to around 250 in 2011.  He also helped develop our widening access to Medicine project, our four-year graduate programme, the introduction of the BMedSc and Master in MedSc degrees, as well as the inter-professional education across Southampton and Portsmouth Universities.  He has written a number of papers around leadership development and staff development, supervised a number of students undertaking educational research. 

In 2003 Chris was appointed as a GMC visitor and is part of a team assessing the quality of undergraduate medical education.  He has taken part in eight QABME GMC reviews of different medical schools as well as the accreditation of the foundation programmes of two NHS deaneries.   Internationally, Chris has undertaken a number of consultancies, working with medical schools in Brunei, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and the Republic of Kazakhstan. 


Cyrus Cooper OBE

Vice Dean

Cyrus Cooper is Professor of Rheumatology and Director of the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit; Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton; and Professor of Musculoskeletal Science at the University of Oxford.  Professor Cooper graduated from the University of Cambridge and St Bartholomew's Hospital, London in 1980, and completed his residency in 1985 at the Southampton University Hospitals.  In 1990, he won an MRC Travelling Fellowship to the Mayo Clinic, USA, where he continued his research in osteoporosis.  He returned to the UK in 1992 to take up a position as Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology and MRC Senior Clinical Scientist.  He was promoted to the foundation Chair in Rheumatology at the University of Southampton in 1997 while continuing as an MRC Senior Clinical Scientist at the MRC Environmental Epidemiology Unit.  In 2003, he was appointed Director of the MRC Epidemiology Resource Centre, University of Southampton.  In 2010, this was reconfigured as the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit and quinquennial funding extended to 2015.

Professor Cooper leads an internationally competitive programme of research into the epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders, most notably osteoporosis.  His key research contributions have been:  (1) discovery of the developmental influences which contribute to the risk of osteoporosis and hip fracture in late adulthood; (2) demonstration that maternal vitamin D insufficiency is associated with sub-optimal bone mineral accrual in childhood; (3) characterisation of the definition and incidence rates of vertebral fractures; and (4) leadership of large pragmatic randomised controlled trials of calcium and vitamin D supplementation in the elderly as immediate preventative strategies against hip fracture.

Professor Cooper is immediate past-President of the Bone Research Society of Great Britain and Chairman of the Committee of Scientific Advisors, International Osteoporosis Foundation.  He has previously served as Chairman of the National Osteoporosis Society and has worked on numerous Department of Health, European Community and World Health Organisation committees and working groups.  He is Chair of the MRC Population Health Sciences Research Network; Associate Director of Research at the University of Southampton Medical School; and Associate Editor of Osteoporosis International.  He has published extensively (over 600 research papers) on osteoporosis and rheumatic disorders and pioneered clinical studies on the developmental origins of peak bone mass.

Adrian Reyes-Hughes

Head of Faculty Operations 

Adrian joined the University in June 2011 as the Operational Manager for the National Institute for Health Research Design Service. Prior to that he held various senior leadership roles within the NHS including an executive director role within an east London NHS Trust,  Director of Policy and Standards at the UKCC (forerunner of the Nursing & Midwifery Council), and Clinical Director for Multi-Channel Services at NHS Direct. Adrian has worked with the Department of Health in developing various health policy initiatives and in setting up the NHS Choices. He has extensive experience in leading and developing health care strategies and managing complex organisations. Adrian is an external assessor for the NICE-NHS Evidence accreditation scheme 

Chris Tollerfield

Faculty Finance Officer

Chris, a CIMA-qualified accountant joined the University in 2005, heading the Finance team for the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, as it was known.  He now leads the Faculty of Medine's Finance team, with responsibilities including pre and post-award research financial administration and non-research financial accounting.