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Executive Team

Diana Eccles

Dean of the Faculty of Medicine

Professor Diana Eccles is Dean of Medicine and is also Professor of Cancer Genetics at the University of Southampton.

The Dean of Medicine
Diana Eccles

Professor Eccles has been Chair of Cancer Genetics since 2004. She graduated from Manchester University on 1983 and has trained in Manchester, Edinburgh and Southampton. After training in general medicine, then specialist training in adult oncology she worked on the molecular genetics of ovarian cancer in the MRC Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh to gain her MD in 1992. She then moved to Southampton to a research post in Genetic Epidemiology simultaneously training in Clinical Genetics and when appointed to a consultant post in Southampton in 1995 she set up one of the first NHS funded Cancer Genetics Services in the UK within the Wessex Clinical Genetics Service.


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.


John Holloway

Associate Dean Research

Professor John Holloway is Associate Dean Research, with responsibility for directing the Faculty's research strategy. He also holds the chair of Allergy and Respiratory Genetics in the Human Development and Health School.

John leads the Respiratory Genetics Group, undertaking a programme of research 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 he continues to contribute 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 allergic disease. 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. John served as a member of Council for the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and is currently a Faculty Member for the Respiratory Pharmacology Section of Faculty of 1000.

As well as his on-going research, John also teaches clinical pharmacology and molecular cell biology on the Bachelor of Medicine programme and genetics on the MSc Allergy.


Dr Jane Wilkinson

Associate Dean Education and Student Experience

Dr Jane Wilkinson is Associate Dean, Education at the University of Southampton.

Dr Wilkinson joined Southampton Medical School in 1983 as a mature student having completed an English degree elsewhere. She completed the Foundation Course in basic science before embarking on the 5 year undergraduate programme.  

In 1989 Dr Wilkinson graduated and started work as a junior doctor in Southampton, working at Southampton General Hospital for the entire year. She completed her senior house officer and registrar training in London. Having worked in the respiratory department at the Brompton Hospital, she chose respiratory as her speciality as it combined the perfect mix of acute and chronic disease management. She then became a research fellow in respiratory medicine in Southampton. Dr Wilkinson enrolled on a PhD programme and returned to clinical medicine in 1998. She finished her training in Wessex and was appointed as a consultant in Respiratory and General Medicine in 2003.  

During her consultant career, Dr Wilkinson has developed a home ventilation service, contributed to the lung cancer team, and continued the work of her predecessor running the sleep-disordered breathing service.

Dr Wilkinson joined Southampton Medical School as year 3 lead of the BM5 Programme. Some years later she took over as BM5 Programme Lead. In May 2020 Dr Wilkinson was appointed as Associate Dean for Education. 


David Wilson

Associate Dean International

Professor David Wilson is Associate Dean for Internationalisation in the Faculty of Medicine and Professor of Human Developmental Genetics.

After graduating in Physiology at University of Oxford and Medicine at the University of Newcastle, he underwent postgraduate training in Internal Medicine, Paediatrics and Genetics in Newcastle.

David’s research training was centred in Newcastle and Amsterdam and focused on developmental genetics and cardiogenesis. Current research interests include the genetic basis for human cardiac maldevelopment (in particular hypoplastic left heart syndrome) and cardiac stem cells. He has strong links with the cardiac congenital service and is a board member of the Children’s Hospital Southampton for research.

In addition to running his research group, David continues to teach genetics on the Bachelor of Medicine course and PhD programmes. He is very enthusiastic in his support for international students.

As part of the University’s internationalisation strategy, David has established links with key institutions in Latin America to facilitate collaborative research and is active in recruiting international postgraduate students to Southampton.


Ying Cheong

Associate Dean Enterprise

Ying is a Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery and Professor in Reproductive Medicine at the University of Southampton. She founded the Complete Fertility Centre Southampton at the Princess Anne Hospital in 2011. Ying’s research interest centres around understanding the biology of endometrium and endometrial associated pathology (endometriosis and adhesions); and she works closely with collaborators across disciplines in the School of Electronics and Computer Science and Nanoscience within the University of Southampton in the development of nano-therapeutics and medical biosensors. She holds several NIHR and commercial grants and is an experienced clinical trialist. Ying works closely with patient groups and serves as a medical advisor to the Pelvic Pain Support Network, UK. She is currently an editor within the Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility Group, and Scientific Report, a journal from Nature's publishing group. In the past she has served as a member of the RCOG scientific advisory committed, led the local clinical research network, and sat on several steering and advisory committees including those within the HFEA. Ying is active in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.


Adrian Reyes-Hughes

Associate Director 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.


Clare Taylor

Head of Faculty Finance

Clare, a Fellow Chartered and Certified Accountant (FCCA), joined the University in 1999. She moved to Medicine on 1st August 2018. Her roles prior to this included Head of Finance for Physical Sciences and Engineering, Art Business and Law, and Humanities. She is responsible for all faculty finance related matters supporting business planning, financial monitoring, research grant administration and ensuring the financial accounts reflect a true and fair view of faculty finances.


Ruth Nash

HR Business Partner

Ruth is a professionally CIPD qualified HR professional, with over 15 years’ experience.  She has been with the University since 2009, and has supported Medicine in various roles during this time.  She is now a HR Business Partner, which involves partnering the Faculty Board on all people-related issues, including succession planning, talent management, appraisals and promotion.  Ruth is also a member of the Faculty’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee which includes Athena Swan.

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