BSS Executive Committee

The Executive Board of the British Sleep Society

Please click on the photographs for more information on each member.

If you wish to contact any members of the Executive Board, please email [email protected]

Tim Quinnell 2018

Dr Tim Quinnell

BSS President

Tim Quinnell is a consultant physician based at the Respiratory Support and Sleep Centre, Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, where he is lead clinician for one of the UK’s 2 accredited sleep laboratories.

He has undergone extensive training in sleep medicine in the UK and Australia, and is an accredited sleep physician. He specialises in both respiratory and non-respiratory sleep disorders, alongside domiciliary noninvasive ventilation (NIV) and weaning from invasive ventilation. The unit in which he works has around 1,000 patients maintained on domiciliary NIV and over 10,000 patients on CPAP. His MD thesis examined genetic and electrophysiological aspects of narcolepsy. He was Chief Investigator for the recently completed NIHR Trial of Mandibular Advancement Devices in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (TOMADO). Other research interests include REM sleep behaviour disorder and cardiac arrhythmias in OSA. He is an enthusiastic teacher of sleep medicine to medical undergraduates, postgraduates and anyone else who will listen!


Professor Mary Morrell

Immediate Past President

Mary J Morrell is Professor of Sleep and Respiratory Physiology at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London. She received her PhD from London University and was a Wellcome Trust Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Upon her return to the UK she joined with clinical colleagues to establish the Academic Unit of Sleep and Breathing at the Royal Brompton Hospital.

Prof Morrell’s research is focused on the interaction between respiratory and sleep control, which leads to sleep-related breathing disorders, specifically sleep apnoea. The link between basic science and clinical medicine is a feature of her research. Taking this approach she has translated physiological studies into large randomised treatment trials.

Her research is supported by the Wellcome Trust, British Heart Foundation, National Institute of Health Research and ResMed UK. International collaborations include the Universities of Melbourne, Detroit, Wisconsin and Harvard. Prof Morrell has served on the Board of Directors for the American Thoracic Society and is a Trustee of the Physiological Society.

She has been an active member of the British Sleep Society for almost 20 years, serving on the Executive committee and as the Local Scientific Chair for the 19th European Sleep Research Society Congress in Glasgow 2008.

Prof Graham Law


Dr Joerg Steier


Dr Stephen Emegbo

BSS Representative for RCCP

Dr Lizzie Hill

Education Sub-committee Chair

Dr Peter Venn

Clinical Representative

Rachel Pickersgill

'The Hoot' Editor

Jenny Stephenson

Communications Sub-committee Chair

Dr Jason Ellis

Research Sub-committee Chair