Kay Poulton is the Director of the Transplantation Laboratory in Manchester Royal Infirmary, where she has been a Consultant Clinical Scientist since 2000. The laboratory is one of the largest and busiest in the UK, and it supports a full range of haematopoietic progenitor cell and solid organ transplants. She is an Accreditation inspector for the European Federation for Immunogenetics, and has a longstanding interest in raising standards in H&I laboratories worldwide. She has been a member of both the EFI and the ASHI Standards Committees, chairing the EFI Standards Committee between 2008 and 2014. She has also chaired the British Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics and the RCPath Specialist Advisory Committee in H&I.
The Cord Blood Selection Advisory Panel was established in the last quarter of 2015, with the support of colleagues from the BSBMT and Anthony Nolan. The panel offers independent advice upon the selection of the best available unit(s) for a given recipient. The panel operates on a voluntary basis and has offered an opinion on over 25 cases to date.