The Laboratory and Testing Industry Organisation is led by a Chair and overseen by an Advisory Board.

The Laboratory and Testing Industry Organisation (LTIO) has an ethical purpose at its core, setting standards as a central part of its public service. We are led by a Chair and overseen by an Advisory Board, which meets to discuss the issues facing the industry, and decide the direction of the LTIO. As with many trade associations, the Advisory Board can establish groups of interested persons to examine particular areas of interest or concern.

Tom Watson

Tom Watson

Chair

Tom is the Chair of the Laboratory and Testing Industry Organisation. He drives the strategy of the LTIO, leading its Advisory Board while engaging with the media and government on issues of concern to its members. He leads the body after a career which has seen him work as Deputy Leader of The Labour Party and Member of Parliament for West Bromwich East; Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; and Minister for the Civil Service and Digital Engagement. Tom also holds roles as Chair of UK Music and President of Counter Culture LLP.

Francis Ingham

Francis Ingham

Director

Francis Ingham is the Independent Director of the Laboratory and Testing Industry Organisation. Francis’ background is in politics and public affairs. As well as being the Director General of the Public Relations and Communications Association – the world’s largest professional body for professional communicators – he is a Director of the International Communications Consultancy Organisation, and of LGComms. He is a visiting Professor at the American University at Richmond, and a former Master of the City of London Company of Public Relations Practitioners.

Melissa Cannon

Company Secretary 

Melissa Cannon is the Company Secretary of the Laboratory and Testing Industry Organisation. As International Director of the Public Relations and Communications Association, the world’s largest professional body for professional communicators, she has experience in the management and growth of professional trade bodies. With a background in marketing and events management she has worked in both the UK and Middle East, spending 5 years in Dubai developing the Middle East and North Africa arm of the PRCA.

Matt Cartmell

Matt Cartmell

Executive Director

Matt Cartmell is the Executive Director of the Laboratory and Testing Industry Organisation. Matt is responsible for running the secretariat of the organisation, overseeing its communications, alongside its government and political relations. He has a background in PR and journalism, having worked as an in-house communications director, tech PR agency consultant, marketing journalist, and leader of Carta Communications.

Dr Tony Cooke

Dr Tony Cooke

Scientific Advisory Board Chair

Dr Tony Cooke is the Chair of the LTIO’s Scientific Advisory Board. CEO of Cambridge Clinical Laboratories (CCL). CCL was founded as Lab21 Healthcare in 2005 with Tony being one of the founding Directors. Tony has now worked in the diagnostic industry for nearly 40 years, covering a wide range of areas including R&D, manufacturing, quality, regulatory, instrumentation, reagents, software and clinical testing. Tony has a passion for healthcare, believing that in the very near future diagnostics will lead to much better health provision for every individual.

Neha Khatwani

Neha Khatwani

Secretariat Manager

Neha is the Secretariat Manager at the LTIO and is responsible for running the secretariat of the organisation. Neha has several years of experience in communications and public affairs and is currently a Director at Carta Communications where she oversees client work. She led the PRCA’s public affairs and policy team where she oversaw the association’s work on lobbying, employee wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, and ethical standards within the industry.