Dr Elin Haf Davies RN (Child), BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD – biography

Dr Elin Haf Davies has combined her career in paediatric health and her passion for sport and extreme adventure.

She began her career as a Paediatric Nurse at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London before going on to gain a PhD from University College London. After eight years of clinical experience Elin moved to research and spent six years managing clinical and academic drug trials, in metabolic, neurology, endocrinology and pain. Her PhD was based on the development of age-appropriate and disease specific biomarkers and clinical endpoints in neurometabolic, with a focus on ataxia and gait.

In 2007 Elin moved to work at the European Medicine Agency Paediatric Team where, amongst other projects she evaluated over a 100 Paediatric Investigation Plans of drug trials in children during her six years there.

In 2014 Elin founded aparito – a digital health social enterprise using wearable technology and smart phone apps to monitor patients remotely.

In her free time Elin has a passion for extreme adventure to raise money for charities close to her heart. In 2007-2008 she rowed across the 2600 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, raising £190,000 for metabolic research at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Money that funded a PhD project that identified the value of Vitamin B6 for managing neonatal seizures, an area that Elin is now actively supporting in her professional capacity.

In 2009 Elin was part of the first all female crew to ever row across the Indian Ocean. The 3500 miles took 78 days to complete, but secured a place for the girls in the 2011 Guinness Book of Records. The challenge also raised over £26,000 for Breast Cancer Care.

In 2012 Elin completed her hat-trick of oceans by sailing 6000 miles across the north Pacific, in 30 days. This time raising money for Noah’s Arch that aims to establish the first children’s hospital in Wales.

Elin’s adventures over the years have raised over £250,000 for charities. She has been acknowledged by the Welsh Assembly for Services to Wales, published an honest and gritty account of her experiences “On Tempestuous Seas”, and was selected to carry the 2012 Olympic Torch.