Genomics Ambassadors

Advanced diagnostics, genomics and precision medicine

Partner Organisations

  • University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  • University of Birmingham
  • 17 other acute trusts in the West Midlands
  • Genomics England Ltd


  • Innovation and adoption
  • Wellness and prevention of illness
  • Education and skills

Date Initiated

Project Status

Regional rollout

In support of the 100,000 Genomes Project, the WMAHSN is funding three Genomics Ambassadors to link the north (Staffordshire and Shropshire), centre (Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley and Worcestershire) and south (Herefordshire, Warwickshire and Coventry) of the region, with the AHSN and the lead delivery partner, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.  

Programme Outcomes

All three Genomics Ambassadors have been recruited and are now working across the following areas:

  • Christopher Clowes: Staffordshire and Shropshire
  • Charlotte Hitchcock: Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley and Worcestershire
  • Sean James: Herefordshire, Warwickshire and Coventry

The Ambassadors are facilitating the spread of knowledge, experience and expertise gained by trusts that are already engaged in the region-wide programme of recruiting to those that follow in subsequent phases. 

An independent innovation audit by GE Finnamore in September 2016 found that the Ambassadors facilitate getting the best out of what local hospitals can offer to their patients regarding genetic testing, support the mainstreaming of genetic testing into routine clinical practice, enabling local pathology departments to work together as a network and increased awareness and interest in local trusts?.

Programme Lead

Dr Christopher Parker
t: 0121 371 8061