Maria is Professor of Health Economics and Director of the Centre. 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 has recently been appointed as a Non-Executive Director to the Board of the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). She was elected as a Fellow of The Learned Society of Wales in their inaugural election, and has previously been an elected member of the Women’s Committee of the Royal Economic Society. She is 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 an Associate Editor for the Journal of Health Services Research and Policy and for BMC Health Services Research.