Dr Peter Nicholls

peter nicholls
Appointed as a partner governor for the Trust in February 2016


I am a biochemist with over 30 years of experience working at the interfaces between academia, industry and clinical research in the development of novel therapeutic interventions for the treatment and diagnosis of disease. Since 1995, I have been an academic member of staff in the School of Biosciences at the University of Kent, where I have contributed to teaching in immunology, cancer biology, haematology and blood transfusion. In my current role as Dean of Health, I am responsible for the strategic development of health-related research, innovation and training in the sciences and social sciences.

Why did you become a governor?

A big part of my role as Dean of Health involves networking with stakeholders external to the University to ensure that the health-related activities we undertake are relevant and actually result in improvements to the lives of members of our community. Having been born and schooled in Kent, and after living in Canterbury for over 20 years, I am passionate about our region, and I am eager to use my skills and experience to put something of value back into a system that has allowed me to flourish over the years.

What do you plan to achieve?

Being a governor will allow me to gain a unique insight into the functions of Medway NHS Foundation Trust, enhancing my ability to bring the resources of the University of Kent to bear in helping to solve local problems. This can be achieved by ensuring that the training we deliver is fit for purpose, and that wherever possible, the research we undertake is translated into tangible improvements in the quality of life for the people of Kent and beyond.

Special Interests

  • Cancer research
  • Communication of science