Meet The Project Team

Who Are We?

The Priorities in Global Burns Research Partnership is a collaboration between the James Lind Alliance and the University of Bristol, funded by the National Institute for Health Research. It is run by a Steering Group made up of representatives from different organisations involved in burns care and research, including patients and members of the public.

Project Team Members

Original Project Coordinator and Lead

Dr Amber Young, MB ChB, BSc FRCA PhD, 1963-2022

Dr Young, Honorary Professor of Burns care at the University of Bristol, passed away in September 2022 from breast cancer, for which she had been receiving treatment for a number of years. Amber was a consultant burns anaesthetist in Bristol since 1999. She was clinical lead at the Children’s Burn Centre, paediatric lead for the South West Burn Network and British Burn Association Chair until 2016. She won (2020) a four-year NIHR Fellowship to achieve a Core Outcome Set for consistent reporting of burn care outcomes. In 2021 she achieved a NIHR Advanced Fellowship for a five year project to prioritise burn research and undertake a registry based burn trial.


Project Researcher

Hollie Richards, MSc, BSc (Hons)

Hollie is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Surgical Research at the University of Bristol. Her background is in Health Psychology and her research interests focus on Patient Reported Outcomes in surgery and putting patients at the centre of research. She has previously worked with the Centre for Appearance Research at University of the West of England and ALSPAC (Children of the 90s).


Project Researcher

Anni King, PgCert, BA (Hons) MIMI

Anni is Senior Research Associate in Medical Imaging and member of the Institute of Medical Illustrators. She has a background in medical photography and after completing a Post-Graduate in Medical Illustration (2011) she worked at both University Hospitals Bristol and Weston Trust and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board as a Medical Photographer. Her research interests focus on creating digital study data for surgical research and visual patient-facing content for research studies.


Project Researcher

Robert Staruch, Burns and Plastics Surgical Trainee

Rob is a Burns & Plastic Surgery trainee, currently undertaking a Phd in Engineering Sciences at the University of Oxford looking at the Mechanobiology of Blast Injury.




James Lind Alliance Advisor

Suzannah Kinsella

Suzannah joined the JLA team as an adviser in April 2019. As a facilitator and social researcher who also specialises in public dialogue, Suzannah has involved the public and stakeholders in a range of social policy discussions, including health and social care, the environment, data and emerging technologies in both the UK and Canada. Alongside the Global Burn Injury PSP, she is currently advising on PSPs for childhood neurological conditions, pandemic recovery in East London, spinal muscular atrophy, diabetic retinopathy (International) and skin cancer surgery.