Dr Brian Thomson qualified in Medicine from the University of Edinburgh and trained in medicine in Edinburgh, London and Cambridge before being appointed an Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant Physician in Nottingham in 1997. Dr Thomson has held MRC Training and Clinician Scientist Fellowships in London and Cambridge and was awarded a PhD in 1992. Dr Thomson has a particular interest in hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. This has taken the form of both basic biomedical research into the pathogenesis of disease and the development of novel models for the management and treatment of HCV in the community. Dr Thomson has been Director of Research and Innovation at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust since 2007 and is the founder and Director of the Nottingham Health Science Biobank (NHSB).
After graduating from King’s College London, in Medical Biochemistry, Maria qualified as a Clinical Biochemist at the Medical School of Athens. A PhD in mitochondrial neuroscience followed from the University of Dundee in 2001, combined with further research in the areas of p53 activation and siRNA silencing. She is now working towards an MBA qualification. Maria joined the NHS in 2003 as Research Fellow in Liverpool, where she led the development of a clinical research portfolio of epidemiological and medical device studies in the therapeutic area of stroke. She also worked closely with Industry and Academic partners at the Stroke Research Network. Following a postgraduate diploma in Performance and Innovation Management, she joined the challenging world of research management. Maria strives to develop research capacity and capability whilst fostering a culture for the diffusion and adoption of innovation within the Trust. Maria is committed to embedding research into core NUH business.
After obtaining a BA(Hons) in Sociology and Sport Science, Charlotte continued with her studies and qualified as a nurse in 2000, working in both Gynaecology and the Emergency department here at NUH. In 2007 she took up a research nurse role in Hepatology. This required the compilation of ethics and R&D submissions, the set up, management and recruitment to multiple concurrent commercial and non-commercial trials. Following this Charlotte took up a Research Managers post in R&I in March 2009 and subsequently the role of Operations Manager.
Charlotte leads on the design and delivery of a timely and seamless research management service to NUH and plays a key role in promoting a culture of high quality research through expert support to our research leaders and their research teams.
Roy is a Protein Chemist by training with over 25 years industrial experience of innovative scientific research in fields including cancer, haemostasis chronic wound and tissue repair. After 5 years at the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control, he became Head of Protein Chemistry at Delta Biotechnology in Nottingham in 1988, Head of Research at Andaris Ltd, 1994 and later Director of IP at Quadrant Healthcare Ltd. Roy set up his own research company in 1999 which became Advanced Protein Systems Ltd based at Biocity in 2004. He raised over £1.2 million for research into chronic wounds and tissue repair and took its lead product, a chronic wound dressing into Phase II clinical trials. Further work involved dermal fillers and implants focusing on skin cancers, arthritic joints and dermal tissue repair before closure of the company in 2011.
Roy works within the team to set up and implement strategies for the identification and assessment of new ideas, to raise awareness of the importance of protecting these ideas through regular workshops and clinics and to build up a collaborative skill base to ensure full support for the development and commercialisation of the products.
Following a degree in Pharmacology, Manjeet went on to complete a PhD in Neuropharmacology at The University of Nottingham. She undertook Postdoctoral Research posts in the School of Life Sciences and The School of Biomedical Sciences where she gained wide-ranging laboratory experience encompassing research in cell lines and tissue samples through to the management of clinical trial data. Within the postdoctoral posts Manjeet was actively involved in the education and supervision of undergraduates and postgraduate students. In addition much experience was gained in the process of grant applications, the documentation and presentation of the research, followed by the successful publication of her research in several peer reviewed journals.
Manjeet joined the NUH R&I Research Project Management team offering support and facilitation to researchers conducting clinical research in the NHS. Having a keen interest in early phase research, she took on the role of Centre Business Lead for the NIHR Translational Research Partnerships which support collaboration with the life sciences industry in early and exploratory development of new drugs and other interventions. As IP manager she supports the Head of Contracts and IP in capturing, managing and the exploitation of intellectual property.
Alison qualified as a nurse in 1992 and worked as a staff nurse in the area of Ear, Nose and Throat and Head and Neck Cancer before undertaking a BSc (Hons ) degree in Advanced Professional Practice in 2000. She then moved in to the area of research working as a research nurse and study coordinator before joining the City Hospital R&D department in 2004 as R&D Nurse Specialist. Following Trust merger Alison took on the role of Research Governance Advisor and then Research Governance Manager at NUH Acute Trust. Alison joined the R&E team at NHS Nottinghamshire County in 2008 and was responsible for the research management and governance function across the 2 Nottinghamshire PCT’s. She also led on patient and public involvement in research and coordinated the RAVEN (Research Advisors and Volunteers in Nottinghamshire) group of lay members. Alison has recently joined the NUH Research and Innovation department as RM&G Facilitator providing advice and support on all aspects of research governance, study management and the approvals process for non-portfolio studies.
Tim graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2003 with a degree in Prosthetics & Orthotics, and remained at the University to complete a PhD in the same subject. He then moved into the NHS in 2007, working as a Health Technology researcher, evaluating specialist hospital equipment and developing buyers’ guides to aid National purchasing decisions for the NHS. In 2010, Tim joined the R&D department at Nottinghamshire County PCT as Research & Evaluation Manager, and was involved in training and supporting researchers in the design of their studies. He was also involved in reviewing research submissions and undertaking service evaluations. In April 2012 Tim joined the R&I department at NUH, as a research Project Manager, providing project management, advice and support on aspects of research governance for NHS research studies.
Shabina graduated from The University of Derby with a degree in Biology. In 2010 and joined The University Hospitals of Leicester as part of the LNR CLRN Research Taskforce as a Clinical Research Assistant where she developed her clinical skills in Phlebotomy, Cannulation and ECGs. She then went on to work for the Oncology & Haematology Clinical Trials Unit as a Cancer Research Assistant where she was working on early phase commercial trials where she took responsibility for the day to day running of studies from data entry through to submitting amendments to the R&D team. In 2012 Shabina joined the NUH Research & Innovation department as Research Project Manager and now works alongside the existing R & I governance team offering ongoing project management of NUH research studies from first feasibility through to completion.
Joanne graduated from South Bank University in 2006 with a degree in Psychology and Media Studies. In 2007 Joanne joined the NHS working as a medical secretary for a Community Mental Health Team providing support and care for Elderly People in London. Alongside this she worked towards a MSc in Health Psychology which included carrying out a research project into Nutrition and Quality of Life in the elderly, graduating from the University of Westminster in 2010. In 2011 Joanne started work for the NIHR Stroke Research Network in London developing her skills in setting up NIHR portfolio research studies and providing support to a number of NHS trusts within the Thames region.
Joanne began working for NUH Research & Innovation department in May 2012 alongside the existing governance team and provides ongoing project management of NUH research studies from feasibility through to completion and monitoring of NUH sponsored CTIMP studies.
Following 15 years in financial services working in a variety of roles on a number of complex projects, Lisa joined Nottingham Cancer Clinical Trials Team at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust in 2011, as an Ethics & Finance Co-ordinator.
She has experience in the co-ordination of study set up across a wide range of cancer studies including breast, gynae, lung, upper GI, thyroid and prostate. Her role involved liaising with the research team, key internal support departments, sponsors and R&I colleagues to co-ordinate the timely set up of oncology clinical trials from feasibility through compilation of financial costings and budget negotiations, submission of study governance documentation through to co-ordination of site opening and ongoing management of associated study invoicing processes.
Lisa joined Research and Innovation as Research Project Manager in January 2013, and works alongside the existing research governance team offering project management, advice and support for NUH research studies from feasibility through to completion.
After graduating from Newcastle University in 2007 and completing a post-grad degree in Law in 2009, Ed joined the Nottingham Cancer Clinical Trials Team as a Data Clerk in the breast and gynae research group. Following this, in 2012 he joined the lung, colo-rectal and Upper Gastro Intestinal research group as Data Manager, working as a trial coordinator on a number of studies which involved screening and recruiting patients, working on submissions, amendments, invoicing and costing, data and translational work.
Ed joined Research and Innovation as a Project Manager in 2013, primarily focusing on submissions, sponsorship queries, monitoring and reviewing studies for NHS approval.
Alex graduated from the University of Nottingham with an undergraduate BSc (Hons) Neuroscience degree and stayed on to complete a postgraduate MSc degree in Translational Imaging. She maintained an active role in research by working as a research assistant at both the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent with a keen interest in cognitive testing and neuroimaging. Following this, she joined NUH in September 2012 working within the Spinal Unit. There she gained valuable experience in integrating clinicians in research, setting up clinical trials, and establishing a working relationship with the R&I department to monitor the portfolio of ongoing trials. Alex joined the R&I team in November 2013 as a research project manager where she focuses on recruitment of trials to time and target and meeting with investigators to facilitate successful recruitment into clinical trials.
Stacey graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2005 with a Biomedical Science degree when she then went on to begin her career working as a Quality Assurance Auditor for a pre-clinical contract research organisation. Stacey then moved into the clinical setting fulfilling monitoring and early phase project management roles for commercial clinical trials before returning to quality assurance as Global Quality Manager for a specialist courier supporting the clinical trials industry. Stacey joined the NHS in 2011 as a Research Management and Governance Facilitator for the Trent CLRN before taking up her current role with NUH R&I in December 2012. She brings with her a broad spectrum of experience in research and development and applied regulations (GLP, GCP and GMP/GDP).
Upon her return to the UK after managing an export department and translation service in Italy, Kate specialized in senior PA and Office Manager roles for over a decade working in the private sector in industries such as investment banking and luxury goods. Kate moved over to the public sector in August 2010 to take on the exciting role of PA and Office Manager in Research & Innovation. Amongst recent achievements Kate was instrumental in the move to the Nottingham Integrated Clinical Research Centre and alongside her role as Office Manager Kate is the PA to both Dr. Thomson and Dr. Koufali. Kate also works alongside the Operations Manager in data reporting and is responsible for performance management of the R & I administration team.
Amy graduated from De Montfort University with a degree in Law and qualified as a Solicitor with a large regional law firm specialising in medico-legal work. She joined NUH R&I in November 2010. Amy deals with all contracts for commercial and non-commercial studies and DoH grants. Her role is predominantly to review, interpret, draft and amend clauses for Clinical Trial Agreements and associated ancillary agreements such as Material Transfer Agreements, Confidentiality Agreements and Memorandums of Understanding. She is also involved in drafting overarching agreements with service providers and SLA’s with support departments within the Trust. She works closely with the Research and Innovation Finance Team, Governance team, Trent CLRN and University of Nottingham RIS Team.
After obtaining qualifications in both Accountancy and IT, Rachael spent the majority of her career working in Service Delivery Management of Financial Systems, primarily with The Boots Company specialising in Problem and Incident Management resolution. Her roles have included Team Management and Technical Support for various computerised systems including Finance systems, EPoS and Customer Relationship Management systems. This work has covered the life cycle of the system, through design, project management, system testing, system support, decommission of legacy systems and data migration. Rachael joined NUH R&D in early 2009 as an Information Co-ordinator with a focus on accurate capture and recording of data.
After obtaining the Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma in 1989, Jane worked in a number of marketing, communication and engagement roles both in the private and public sectors working predominantly in training and Apprenticeship programmes.
In 2009, Jane took up the role of PA to the Clinical Director and Senior Manager of Trent CLRN and after obtaining a degree in Humanities with Literature in 2012 she joined the R&I team as Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPI/E) Facilitator. Jane’s role is to facilitate the embedding of meaningful patient and public involvement in research, the promotion of research activity and the role of patients and public in all aspects of the research process to encourage participation in study trials.
Andy has worked in the public sector for over 30 years, specifically within the NHS since 2003 initially with Nottinghamshire County PCT as lead on community partnerships with a specialist role around substance misuse.
Andy joined the R&I Team in the summer of 2012 as Patient and Public Involvement/Engagement Facilitator and is placed in the NIHR Gastrointestinal Diseases Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) at the University of Nottingham. Andy facilitates the BRU’s Patient Advisory Group and manages its activities across a range of disciplines to ensure meaningful involvement by patients and the public in research-led work. This includes providing opportunities for the Group to give its perspective and views on key clinical study/trial documentation, such as participant information sheets, to attend focus group meetings to determine study design on communication/engagement approaches, such as providing input in to brochures, promotional films or reviewing the BRU’s website.
Vikki started work for the NHS in 2000 as a Financial Services Office Assistant for Chesterfield Primary Care Trust. Following this she worked for nine years as a Team Administrator for the North Derbyshire Community Drug Team, part of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Trust.
Vikki gained a BA (hons) in Social Sciences with Social Policy in 2011, joining the R&I Team in June 2012 as a Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPI/E) Facilitator, predominantly based in Nottingham Respiratory Research Unit. Vikki’s role includes supporting patients, public and researchers to work together in all aspects of research and related activities, raising awareness of research and promoting recruitment into studies and trials.
Ann has been part of the Research and Innovation Administration team for over 7 years, processing applications and dealing with incoming enquiries over the phone and by e-mail. Ann is the first point of contact for researchers and is well known for her capable and cheery manner which is always a welcome introduction for researchers. Prior to joining Research and Innovation, Ann served as an administrator for a different public sector organisations.
Kate Organ has now been with NUH for over 9 years. Kate forms part of the administration team here in Research and Innovation and her time is used predominantly registering new studies, processing amendments and other administration for the governance team. Kate works alongside Ann Smith in acting as the first point of contact for researchers and clinicians and is always available to answer telephone enquiries and emails surrounding the applications’ paperwork.
Hanna did her nursing degree in Oulu, Finland and qualified in 1996. She started her nursing career in the UK at Hammersmith Hospitals NHS trust in London working in specialties covering the care of the elderly, haematology and infectious diseases. She joined Nottingham City Hospital NHS Trust in 1999 as a staff nurse working in oncology in-patient chemotherapy service. In 2001 Hanna joined the Oncology research team as research nurse and completed a post graduate diploma in adult cancer nursing in 2007. She has experience in coordinating a wide range of cancer studies including renal, melanoma, prostate and breast and gynaecological cancers. In her most recent post before joining R&I Hanna managed and developed a team of research professionals as Nottingham Cancer Clinical Trials Team Leader, working within Mid Trent Cancer Research Network. Hanna is passionate about research nursing and sees research as a key element in developing patient care and has a keen interest in management and leadership.
Hanna Purves joined R&I as Research Matron/Clinical Research Nurse Manager in December 2012. She leads the Research Nurse Bank at R&I with skilled research nurses available to work in clinical trials within NUH. This exciting new service aims to provide all aspects or research nursing support to commercial studies within NUH.
In 1992 Catherine qualified as a Registered General Nurse in Derby and since then she has worked in a variety of areas. These included: General Surgery, Liver, Renal, Heart and Lung Transplant at Addenbrookes Hospital NHS Trust in Cambridge and Cardio-thoracic Critical Care and Respiratory Support and Sleep Disorders at Papworth Hospital NHS Trust in Cambridgeshire. In 1999 she achieved a Diploma in Nursing with an emphasis on Critical Care nursing at Homerton College, Cambridge. She has worked within the community in Nottingham both as a Community Nurse and Infection Prevention and Control Nurse. Catherine has also worked as a staff nurse in Cardiac Intensive Care at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust for a total of 5 years.
During the last 10 years Catherine has looked after an increasing number of patients that have been on clinical trials such as wound dressing trials within the community and trials linked with improving patients’ tolerance of reduced blood flow during cardiac surgery. Over time, she has developed a keen interest in the field of clinical research aimed at improving future healthcare within the NHS and this inspired Catherine to join the Research Nurse Bank in R&I.
Katie gained her diploma in nursing in March 2007, after graduating from the University of Nottingham . Following this she worked as a staff nurse in the speciality of stroke, before moving to clinical haematology in October 2010. During her time working within these specialities she gained valuable skills in the administration of intravenous medications, and chemotherapy. Many patients were recruited on to trials within haematology, and as part of her role as a staff nurse working on the unit Katie actively participated in delivering these treatments. Studies included the UKALL 14, and AML 18 trials. Katie joined R&I in March 2013 as a clinical research nurse, in order to provide nurse support to studies within NUH.
Lani graduated in Philosophy at the University of Nottingham in 1990. She qualified in Adult Nursing at Nottingham School of Nursing in 2002 and started work as a Staff Nurse in Oncology on Fraser Ward. Shortly after qualifying, Lani joined one of the Nottingham Local Research Ethics Committees, where she served as an expert member until 2004, collaborating in reviewing the ethical aspects of local research projects. In 2005, while working as a Staff Nurse on Fraser Ward, she took the opportunity to do part-time research on secondment with the Palliative Care Research Team at Hayward House. This included a trial of fentanyl nasal spray, a study of the role of maintaining muscle strength in preventing cachexia in patients with lung cancer, and an investigation into the use of nocturnal oxygen in preventing daytime fatigue.
In 2006, while working on Fraser Ward, she gained the Diploma in Research Methods (Health) which enabled her to find out more about the research process. During her time on Fraser Ward she saw new treatments come into use, such as treatments for malignant melanoma where there had been no effective treatment before, and this spurred her on to become a Research Nurse herself. Lani joined the NUH R&I Research Nurse Team in February 2013, and she enjoys the combination of direct patient contact and academic learning her role requires. She can now develop and apply the analytical, clinical and interpersonal skills she has acquired over the years to her work supporting the research process.
Patrick graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada with a combined honours degree in Social Anthropology and Religious Studies in 1996. He then began working with the homeless in Nottingham at the Albion Nightshelter and then as part of the Mental Health Support Team for homeless people. He also worked as part of the management committee for the All Saints Community Project for people with disabilities and mental health difficulties. Later, he worked supporting homeless people in Toronto as a Case Manager at the Fred Victor Centre’s Bethlehem United Shelter.
Patrick completed hi DipHE in Adult Nursing at De Montfort University in Leicester in 2003. Since qualifying he worked as a Staff Nurse at the Adult Intensive Care Unit at QMC ,Clinical Co-ordinator of the Main Outpatients Department, and on the stroke rehabilitation Ward at the City Hospital. In 2010 Patrick took up a post at the Division of Stroke within the University of Nottingham developing his research knowledge and skills working on a number of academic and commercial stroke trials. In January 2013 he joined the Research and Innovation service at NUH in his current role as research nurse.