Steering Committee

The professional advisory structure for Weqas is a Steering Committee which meets with the organisers of Weqas three times a year.  Steering Committee members selected are renowned within their fields with medical, scientific or technical experience to cover the scope of EQA services provided and advise the organisers of Weqas on the overall operation of the programme.  Steering Committee members discuss the frequency of distribution of materials, the types of materials to be distributed, methods of statistical analysis and data presentation, the desirability of introducing new investigations to the programme, evaluation of criteria for satisfactory performance, the critical cut offs, the appropriate clinical range, clinical advice and interpretative comments.  The Steering Committee is not concerned with the performance of individual participating laboratories, except where this might indicate a failure in the operation of the programme.

The Steering Committee discusses with the organisers criteria for satisfactory performance and they have agreed that the responsibility for the acceptance of such criteria will rest with the National Quality Assurance Advisory Panel for Chemical Pathology (NQAAP). All members of the Steering Committee are available to receive comments from participants, although the majority of comments are received by the organisers via the “helpline”.

Steering Committee Members

Professor Garry John
Chairman, General Clinical Biochemistry advice, expert advisor for HbA1c programme. Chair IFCC ED-Diabetes Biomarkers Committee. Consultant Clinical Biochemist, BSc, MSc, Phd, MCB and FRCPath. Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
Dr. Patrick Twomey
Clinical advice in Chemical Pathology, Deputy Chair of the Joint Working Group (JWG) in Clinical Chemistry.  Ex-chair of NQAAP in Chemistry, represents Advisory Panel.  Consultant Chemical Pathologist and Head of Clinical Chemistry Department, BSc, MB, BAO, BCh, FRCPath, FACB.. Department of Clinical Chemistry, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. 
Dr. Mike Badminton
Director of Cardiff Porphyria Service, Clinical advice in Chemical Pathology. Clinical lead in inborn errors of metabolism and porphyria, advisor for Porphyrin scheme. Consultant Chemical Pathologist, Consultant, BSc, MB, BCh, and FRCPath. Department of Medical Biochemistry and Immunology, University Hospital of Wales. 
Dr. David James
Chair of JWG in Clinical Chemistry and Ex-Chair of NQAAP in Clinical Chemistry, Advisory Panel representative. Clinical advisor for Chemical Pathology.
Dr. Dev Datta
Clinical advice in Chemical Pathology, Expertise in Hyperlipidaemia and Cardiology.  Consultant Chemical Pathologist, BSc, MB, BCh, MD, FRCPath, MTCP.  Department of Medical Biochemistry and Immunology, University Hospital Llandough, Cardiff.
Dr. Heather Clark
General Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology advice with Immunology as area of expertise. Consultant Clinical Biochemist, BSc, MSc, PhD, CSi, FRCPath. Clinical Biochemistry Department, Hereford County Hospital, Hereford.
Dr. John O'Connor
General Clinical Biochemistry advice, area of expertise – Demand Management, IM & T.  Consultant Clinical Biochemist, MSc, PhD, FRCPath. Clinical Chemistry Department, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, Exeter.
Dr. David Housley
General Clinical Biochemistry advice with Quality Control as area of expertise. Consultant Clinical Biochemist, BSc, MSc, PhD, DipRCPath. Chemical Pathology Department, Luton & Dunstable Hospital NHS Trust, Luton.
Dr. Nigel Brown
General Clinical Biochemist Consultant, BSc, MSc, PhD, FIBMS, FRCPath.   Area of expertise – Toxicology, advisor for Drugs of Abuse programme and  Therapeutic Drug Monitoring programme. Department of Toxicology Clinical Chemistry, Wansbeck General Hospital, Northumberland.