The Willows-DMU Centre for Primary Care Research’s strategic leadership is driven by the operational board.

The board includes:


Professor David Mba

Pro Vice-Chancellor

Professor David Mba is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at De Montfort University. He has previously held various leadership roles at London Southbank University and Cranfield University.

David studied Aerospace Engineering (1st class honours) at the University of Hertfordshire and completed a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Cranfield University, for which he was awarded the Lord King Norton Gold medal for the most outstanding doctoral thesis. He joined Cranfield University in 2001 as a Lecturer and was promoted to a personal Chair in 2010.

David’s current research is focused on machine condition monitoring, machine fault diagnosis, model based prognostics and machine performance prediction. He has published more than 250 journal and conference papers. In 2010, he was awarded the Ludwig Mond prize in recognition of the best contribution to the progress of Mechanical Engineering of interest to the chemical industry (UK). He has also contributed to the development and publication of international standards in the subject area.

Professor Mba has established Innovation Centres in Robotics and Advanced Materials at TWI, Cambridge, and has overseen development of numerous apprenticeship programmes at different institutions.

Dr Tariq Kapasi

General Practitioner and Honorary Associate Professor in Primary Care

Being the Medical Director, Tariq has a passion in ensuring high quality delivery of medical care to the patients he serves and provides clinical leadership across the practice group.

Tariq is the Chair and Honorary Associate Professor of Primary Care and General Practice at the Centre for Primary Care Research (Willows-DMU). and is passionate in improving clinical governance processes to help improve patient safety and clinical outcomes. Tariq is on a mission to help reduce health inequalities through research and impactful interventions in Primary Care and forever appraising innovative and novel methods which will help engage, educate and empower our patients.

He has significant experience in clinical governance which is fundamental in improving the effectiveness and safety of care provided. He is a clinical tutor for the University of Leicester, leads the delivery of Postgraduate Medical Education to GP Trainees and is a research associate with the Willows-DMU Centre for Primary Care Research. 

Professor Bertha Ochieng

Professor of Integrated Health and Social Care

Bertha Ochieng is Professor of Integrated Health and Social Care at De Montfort University.

She has extensive experience of health and social care provision as a clinician, an academic and as a researcher working with community groups and health and social care providers.

Her academic and research focus is on improving health and social care through the provision of high-quality education and research that provides positive results to marginalised and social disadvantage populations throughout the life span.

Bertha’s strengths are in developing solutions for addressing the health and social care needs of socially disadvantaged populations and building relationships with community groups and practitioners in the health and social care sector. Her work has resulted in collaborations with diverse teams, comprising of, voluntary sector organisations, academics, NHS Trusts and social care teams locally, nationally and internationally.

Dr Vinay Gupta

General Practitioner and Honorary Associate Professor in Primary Care

Vinay is a Director of Willows Health overseeing the operational & clinical staffing strategy, finances, and engagement in research opportunities related to the care of older people. He also looks after the residents of the local mental health rehabilitation unit and the delivery of Willows Health urgent care services.


Vinay has coordinated and implemented the delivery of personalised care planning for some of the frailest patients of Willows Health, the outcomes of which have been recognised both locally and on a wider scale. His role within the Digital Health Unit at De Montfort University complements this nicely as they push forward towards remote technology in the appropriate setting to improve the overall care of service provision.


Dr Richard Wong

Consultant Geriatrician Willows Health, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

Richard is the Clinical Director of Older People’s Health for the organisation and oversees the care and service provision for these patients. Within Willows Health he has thus far overseen and guided the proactive care planning programme delivered by the group and provides invaluable expertise in terms of ensuring this is completed to a high standard. He has also engaged very closely with the care homes that the group looks after, both in terms of carer education and delivery of the recent National Care Home DES that has been rolled out. His leadership of a multidisciplinary team to achieve this has certainly shown beneficial outcomes and in this regard he works closely within the Primary Care research unit Willows Health has recently formed with DeMontfort University.


Professor Fahad Rizvi


Professor Fahad Rizvi is well-recognised specialist in Clinical Teaching. He holds a variety of roles focused around both teaching and training for Medical, Physician Associates and Nursing students. He has 22 peer reviewed research publications and international presentations. For this work, he has been given five awards including GP Registrar of the Year and Excellence in Clinical Teaching by RCGP and University of Leicester, as well as two honorary professorship and fellowships.

He trained as a surgeon for 6 years in Surrey, West Midlands, Brighton and Portsmouth before coming to Leicester and becoming a GP. He was doing an MSc in Urology at UCL and an MD research on human genetics to see the effectiveness of intravesical BCG for treating bladder cancer while working as a Research Registrar in Urology at Brighton. He continues to provide community based surgery and training in hand surgery, urology and minor general surgery and has been very active in increasing provision of surgery in Primary care and emphasizing the value of general practice to young doctors and students bridging the gap between primary care, secondary care and research.

Professor Mo Roshan

Centre Director

Mo is a Primary Care Specialist in Leicester in a partnership at Willows Health. In the past three years, he has helped Willows Health grow more than 10-fold in size and the organisation now serves over 40,000 patients. 

Mo has undertaken research and published numerous papers on Diabetes and other health areas, and been a leading figure in transforming Diabetes Care, with a interest in Integration of care for which he was the lead clinician for Diabetes UK.

Mo has been at the forefront of Health and Entrepreneurship and has worked at consultancy level for major pharmaceutical companies such as GlaxoSmithKline and 3M Healthcare in the field of Respiratory Medicine and for numerous other Healthcare companies in the areas of Diabetes , Cardiovascular Medicine, Anticoagulation and other areas. 

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Professor Rishabh Prasad

Professor of Digital Medicine

Rishabh is a Professor of Digital Medicine at De Montfort University; he founded the Digital Health Care Unit, and the Centre for Primary Care Research. With numerous publications, Rishabh regularly consults for some of the leading digital health companies in the world.


Rishabh remains clinically active as a general practitioner; with significant experience of utilising digital health care technologies to improve clinical care pathways. He has national and regional experience of commissioning, and leading clinical services, with a particular experience in End of Life Care.


He chairs Willows Health (the largest provider of primary care in Leicestershire).

Dr Ioannis Kypraios

Associate Professor in Games and Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Ioannis Kypraios is an Associate Professor in Games and Artificial Intelligence at De Montfort University.  He has over 18 years of research in the areas of Computational Intelligence and Embedded Computing and over 8 years researching in Healthcare Technologies.


He has held various roles at the University of Sussex, in the MMLAB of University of Ghent, at University of Oxford and at Anglia Ruskin University.  Dr Kypraios also has worked in industry at Continental ADAS SV, FotoNation (xPeri) and FLIR Systems.  He is the author of several research articles published at IEEE Proceedings, EURASIP, Optical Society of America, Springer Special Series, and he has presented his research results at invited seminars including IET Special Seminar Series.  Dr Kypraios’ work previously has featured in a University of Oxford e-news page and was presented at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.


Dr Kypraios’ current research is in digital healthcare technologies with the use of AI for the early diagnosis of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, and musculoskeletal and neurological disorders.  He is also researching in the area of self-management solutions of chronic conditions with the use of IoT based sensors (including thermal and hyperspectral imaging sensors).