Maria is Professor of Health Economics and Director of the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York. Her current research interests in health policy include the measurement of performance, commissioning, mental health, the role of incentives and the regulation and financing of health care systems. Policy experience has been gained through working in the NHS at health authority level and then as an Economic Adviser in the NHS Executive (Department of Health) for three years. At the NHS Executive, she was involved in the economic aspects of purchasing, commissioning, planning and regulation.
Maria is an elected Fellow of The Learned Society of Wales and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She was previously a Non-Executive Director to the Board of NHS Digital (2014-2017) and an elected member of the Women’s Committee of the Royal Economic Society. She is a panel member of the Wellcome Trust's Society and BioEthics Expert Review Group and was previously a member of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Scientist Award Panel and has been a member of numerous research award and funding panels in the UK and overseas. She has acted as an adviser and consultant to the OECD, World Bank, World Health Organization and the Audit Commission. She is on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, and for BMC Health Services Research, and is on the editorial boards for the International Journal of Health Policy and Management (IJHPM) and the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH).
Fellow, Learned Society of Wales; Fellow, Royal Society of Arts