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Our team

Bazian has one of the most experienced and cohesive teams producing evidence-based analyses in the UK.  We employ doctors, epidemiologists, librarians and scientists, and train them intensively in evidence-based methods, analysis, communication, and implementation before they start work. Our core in-house team includes:

Rob Cook

Dr Rob Cook

Rob is Bazian's Clinical Director, responsible for running our scientific unit and its team of information specialists and research analysts. Rob earned his medical degree from Guy's Hospital in London before working in general practice in Britain and New Zealand. While enrolled in a Masters of Public Health at Auckland University in 2001, Rob became the Medical Director and Senior Project Manager for the New Zealand Guidelines Group, coordinating and managing the development of cardiovascular guidelines. Joining Bazian at the beginning of 2006, he applies evidence to knowledge management systems, quality processes for clinical and policy decision makers. Rob sits on an advisory board for Cedar an NHS-academic evaluation centre for health technologies, devices and tests. He is a member of a NIHR Topic Identification, Development and Evaluation (TIDE) panel identifying important research gaps in mental health, rehabilitation, learning difficulty and other cognitive/psychological research for the NHS.

Harri Mandhar

Harri Mandhar

Harri is responsible for Operations and Business Development at Bazian. She has a first class honours degree in Applied and HumanBiology from Aston University. Harri worked as a research scientist at GlaxoSmithKline, followed by product development and operational roles at Mars Inc.  She then moved into healthcare, specifically pharmaceutical procurement and operating models at Nuffield Health, followed by programme management and business development at Humana Healthcare.

Urmila Bhatt

Urmila Bhatt

Urmila is Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive and Corporate Services Manager. She ensures the day to day functioning of Bazian goes as smoothly and seamlessly as possible, including liaising with clients and suppliers, financial control and HR. She has worked in the public and private sectors, with responsibility for close liaison with senior staff from private companies to government departments. She has attained MBA from the University of Westminster, London.


Anelia Boshnakova

Anelia is a Senior Information Specialist working as part of the Bazian team to develop the NICE Evidence Search service. She has been involved in the development of the NHS Evidence specialist collections, previously known as the NHS National Library for Health Specialist Libraries for the last six years. Past roles include information specialist support for a Department of Health funded systematic review project and a more traditional library role at the University of South Africa (UNISA) Library. Anelia has an MA in English from Sofia University “St Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria, and a Master's degree in Library Science (MLS) from Syracuse University, USA.

Janet Clapton

Janet Clapton

Janet is a Senior Information Specialist at Bazian, contributing to the development and maintenance of the NHS Evidence hub that Bazian manages. Her previous career included developing methodologies in information specialism at the Social Care Institute for Excellence, and working in the information team at Diabetes UK. Prior to her information career, she was a hospital Biomedical Scientist. She has an MSc in Information Science and a BSc in Biomedical Science and is a keen practitioner researcher, promoting the importance of evidence based practice in library and information science as well as in health care.

Alan Lovell

Dr Alan Lovell

Alan is Bazian's Information Services Manager, overseeing the horizon scanning, searching, collating and appraisal work for Bazian’s growing portfolio of products. Alan has a degree in Biology from Royal Holloway, University of London, and gained his doctorate from the University of Warwick. He worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Sainte-Justine Hospital, University of Montreal before receiving an MA in Information Studies from the University of Brighton.

Elly O'Brien

Elly O'Brien

Elly is an Information Specialist within the Information Team. Elly undertakes systematic searches and critical appraisal for a number of projects, including Evidence Updates for NICE and has project managed several projects for Bazian. Before joining Bazian, Elly worked in a number of specialist medical and social science information services. Elly holds a Master's in Library and Information Studies from University College London and is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

Li Kuan

Li Kuan Stubbs

Li Kuan is the Business Development and Operations Associate at Bazian. Working closely with the Business Development and Operations Manager, she works on developing new business prospects including business intelligence, proposal development and formal tender applications. She is also responsible for managing selected programmes and projects at Bazian. Prior to joining Bazian in 2007, Li Kuan pursued a doctorate in Science and Technology Policy Studies in the University of Sussex where she gained an MSc in Technology and Innovation Management in 2005. She started a teaching career in the University of Malaya in 2002 before receiving an MSc with distinction in Philosophy and Science and Technology Studies from the same university.

Rachel Taft

Dr Rachel Taft

Rachel is a Medical Research Analyst. Rachel holds a degree in medicine from University of Wales College of Medicine and has worked in general medicine, care of the elderly, surgery and general practice. Having developed an interest in epidemiology and health behaviour, she worked in the public health department of the Mid Sussex PCT prior to joining Bazian in 2006.  At Bazian she has worked on more than 150 NHS-approved pathways for the Map of Medicine, and has been the lead analyst on projects for various clients including NHS PASA-CEP.

Alicia White

Dr Alicia White

Alicia is Bazian's Health Research Analyst Manager, overseeing the production of systematic reviews. Alicia has a first class honours degree in Genetics from the University of Sheffield and received her doctorate from the University of Manchester. She worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at University College London before joining Bazian.