R&I Team Profiles
  • Dr Steve Ryder

    Director of Research

    Dr Steve Ryder, Director of Research and Innovation

    Dr Steve Ryder, Director of Research and Innovation

    Since June 1994 Dr Ryder has been a consultant Physician in Hepatology and Gastroenterology at the Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre and Biomedical Research Unit. His major clinical and research interest is hepatitis C infection.

    Dr Ryder was the national lead for the Hepatology Clinical Research Network until 2015 and is the East Midlands lead for Division 6 of the CRN.

    He graduated from Nottingham University Medical School and trained in hepatology at St Mary’s Hospital and Kings College Hospital London.

    Dr Ryder became the Director of R&I in January 2016.

  • Dr Maria Koufali

    Deputy Director of Research & Innovation

    Dr Maria Koufali, Assistant Director Research & Innovations

    Dr Maria Koufali, Deputy Director of Research & Innovation


    Maria holds a PhD in mitochondrial neuroscience from the University of Dundee and an MBA from the University of Nottingham. After a career as research fellow, Maria joined the NHS in 2003 as Clinical Research Manager and has been Deputy Director of Research and Innovation at Nottingham University Hospitals since 2009.
  • Charlotte Davies

    Head of Research Awards

    Charlotte Davies, R&I Head of Research Awards

    Charlotte Davies, R&I Head of Research Awards


    Further to a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Sport Science, Charlotte qualified as a nurse in 2000. Having worked in Gynaecology, the Emergency Department and as a hepatology research nurse she joined R&I in 2009 as a Research Manager and then as Operations Manager.

    Charlotte is now Head of Research Awards and leads on the formulation and delivery of a timely and seamless Research Awards management service to NUH; she plays a key role in promoting a culture of high quality research applications and award management through expert support for our researchers and their teams.

  • Hannah Driver

    Research Contracts Manager

    Hannah Driver, Research Contracts Manager

    Hannah Driver, Research Contracts Manager


    Hannah graduated from Northumbria University with a degree in Law. After several years working as a paralegal and legal executive, she re-trained as a paramedic with the London Ambulance Service.

    In November 2013, Hannah joined R&I as Research Contracts Manager responsible for reviewing, negotiating, drafting & executing the wide range of contracts dealt with by the R&I contracts team.

  • Edward Stimpson

    Assistant Research Contracts Manager

    Edward Stimpson, Research Project Manager

    Edward Stimpson, Research Project Manager


    Ed graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in History in 2007 and followed that with the Post-graduate General Diploma in Law from Nottingham Law School in 2009. He initially joined R&I as part of the Regulatory & Governance Team and now works as an Assistant Research Contracts Manager in the Research Contracts team primarily focusing on reviewing, negotiating and drafting various types of research agreements.
  • Dr Manjeet Mundey

    Lead Award/IP Manager

    Dr Manjeet Mundey, R&I Lead Award/IP Manager


    Manjeet holds a PhD in Neuropharmacology. Currently she is Lead award /IP manager where she operationally manages research award applications. As IP manager she supports the Head of Project Development in the capture, management and exploitation of intellectual property. She is also the Centre Business Lead for the NIHR Translational Research Partnerships.
  • Andrew Wragg

    PPI/E Facilitator

    Andy Wragg

    Andrew Wragg, PPI/E Facilitator


    Andy has worked in the NHS since 2003 initially with Nottinghamshire County PCT.

    Andy joined the R&I Team in the summer of 2012 as Patient and Public Involvement/Engagement Facilitator for the Nottingham Digestive Diseases Biomedical Research Unit (BRU). Since 2014 Andy’s remit has been extended to include PPI/E support for a number of directorates across NUH as well as for the NDD BRU ensuring meaningful involvement by patients and the public in research-led work.

  • Jane Flewitt

    PPI/E Facilitator

    Jane Flewitt, PPI/E Facilitator


    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.

    In 2012 she joined the R&I team as Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPI/E) Facilitator, the aim of which is to to support researchers to ensure involvement of patients and the public throughout the design, development, delivery and dissemination of their studies.

    Jane is responsible for supporting the following directorates with their PPI/E: Acute Medicine, Musculoskeletal & Neurosciences and Head & Neck.

  • Kirsty Widdowson

    PPI/E Facilitator

    Kirsty Widdowson, PPI/E Facilitator

    Kirsty Widdowson, PPI/E Facilitator

    Kirsty graduated in 2010 with a BA (Hons) in Childhood Studies and has worked in research within the NHS over the last two years. Previously Kirsty worked for the Medicines for Children Research Network East as the Patient and Public Involvement lead, supporting paediatric PPI activities within the local network. In her role she developed a Young Persons Advisory Group (YPAG) which aims to support researchers in designing, developing and delivering effective research studies for children, young people and their families.

    In 2015 Kirsty joined the Research and Innovation team as Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Facilitator and is responsible for supporting Family Health, Digestive Diseases and Thoracic, Specialist Support, Cancer and Associated Specialties and Diagnostics and Clinical Support.

  • Ash Warchol

    Office Manager

    PA / office manager

    Ash Warchol, PA / office manager


    Ash is a highly experienced PA/Office Manager. Before joining the NHS in 2011, she worked for over 10 years for a national charity in various administrative and management roles. Ash focuses on supporting the Directors in their roles, providing administrative support and diary management. She is also responsible for general management of the R&I office ensuring smooth day to day running of the office.
  • Ann Smith

    Research Administrator

    Ann Smith, R&I Research Administrator

    Ann Smith, R&I Research Administrator


    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.
  • Dr Roy Harris

    Head of Project Development

    Dr Roy Harris, R&I Head of Project Development


    Roy is a Protein Chemist by training with over 25 years industrial experience of innovative scientific research and intellectual property management. He founded his own research company in 1999 developing novel applications for chronic wound and tissue repair. Roy joined the NHS in 2012 and is responsible for intellectual property management and its exploitation through project development within NUH NHS Trust.
  • Alison Steel

    Head of Performance and Development

    lison Steel, R&I Research Governance and Management Facilitator

    Alison Steel, R&I Head of Performance and Development


    Alison qualified as a Registered nurse in 1992 and holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Advanced Professional Practice from the University of Nottingham. She obtained the Certificate in Clinical Research from Liverpool John Moore’s university in 2002. In June 2012 she joined the R&I and as Head of Performance and Development leads on developing improved performance and service delivery, including performance monitoring and management, research portfolio development and research communications and marketing.
  • Joanne Thornhill

    Research Project Manager Team Leader

    Joanne Thornhill, R&I Research Project Manager Team Leader


    Joanne has a BSc in Psychology and Media studies and an MSc in Health Psychology and has worked in the NHS for over 8 years in Mental Health, Stroke Research and as Research Project manager in R&I since 2012. Joanne is now the team leader for the R&I Research Project Managers.
  • Lauren Blackburn

    Research Project Manager

    Research Project Manager

    Lauren Blackburn, Research Project Manager


    Lauren graduated with a BSc (Hons) Psychology from Sheffield Hallam University in 2008 and an MSc in Health Psychology from the University of Nottingham in 2009. Lauren joined the NHS as part of the Nottingham Cancer Clinical Trials Team in 2012, working as Data Clerk and then as Data Manager. In 2015 she joined the R&I Team as Research Project Manager as part of the Research Support Service
  • Stefan Michalak

    Research Project Manager

    Research Project Manager

    Stefan Michalak, Research Project Manager


    Stefan graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a BSc(Hons) Psychology with Criminology, before graduating from Aston University with a MRes Psychological Research Methods, focussing on qualitative methodologies.
    He began working for NUH in September 2013 within the Nottingham Cancer Clinical Trials Team, facilitating the set-up and maintenance of oncology trials and in April 2015 he joined R&I as a Research Project Manager supporting research in Cancer & Associated Specialities, Musculoskeletal & Neurosciences, and Head & Neck directorates, including the Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit.
  • Sarah McLoughlin

    Sarah McLoughlin Research Project Manager

    Sarah, McLoughlin Research Project Manager


    Sarah has an MA in Research Methods from the University of Nottingham and a BA in Social Policy also from the University of Nottingham. Sarah also holds an MLitt in Social Policy from the University of Oxford. Sarah’s academic and work experience has provided her with a rigorous and thorough grounding in research design and management. Sarah has had an active role in research working in the private, public and third sector. In October 2015 Sarah joined R&I as a Research Project Manager supporting research in Family Health and Medicine.
  • Rachael Wilmott

    Research Outputs Manager

    Rachael Wilmott, Research Outputs Manager


    Rachael holds qualifications in both IT and Accountancy. After working in Service Delivery, Rachael joined the NHS in 2009 as Information Co-ordinator, she took on her current role as Information Manager in 2012. The role focuses on the accurate capture and recording of data.
  • Stacey Harrison

    Head of Regulatory Compliance

    Stacey Arland

    Stacey Harrison, , R&I Head of Regulatory Compliance


    Stacey has a BSc in Biomedical Science from Nottingham Trent University. After working in the private sector for a number of years in QA, Monitoring and Project Management roles Stacey then joined the NHS in 2011. In early 2014 Stacey took up her current position and is responsible for ensuring research sponsored by and conducted at NUH is compliant with applicable standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Melanie Boulter

    QA/GCP Auditor

    Melanie Boulter, QA/GCP Auditor

    Melanie Boulter, QA/GCP Auditor


    Melanie graduated in 2002 with a degree in Biomedical Science and went on to complete a Masters in Pathological Sciences in 2006. Having worked in the Trust for 12 years, Melanie worked as a Biomedical Scientist in Clinical Chemistry and went on to become the Deputy Quality Manager for the Eastern Bowel Cancer Screening Hub. Melanie joined R&I in September 2014 as QA/GCP Auditor, ensuring research sponsored by and conducted at NUH is compliant with applicable standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Natalie McGregor

    Research Project Manager

    Natalie McGregor, Research Project Manager

    Natalie McGregor, Research Project Manager


    Natalie holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Sheffield. After completing her PhD she began a career in regulatory affairs within the biotechnology industry managing national and international clinical trial and marketing authorisation applications. She went on to work for a CRO and pharmaceutical company. In June 2014 Natalie joined the R&I department at NUH as a Research Project Manager in the regulatory team.
  • Rachelle Ward

    Research Project Manager

    Research Project Manager

    Rachelle Ward, Research Project Manager


    Rachelle graduated from Cardiff University with a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry before working as a Research Scientist in Birmingham. In 2012 she joined the Nottingham Cancer Clinical Trials Team working as a Data Manager and Trial Coordinator, with a focus in Commercial Research in both Breast and Gynae Cancer studies. As part of the Regulatory and Compliance team, Rachelle aids researchers by supporting, reviewing and approving research studies across the Musculoskeletal & Neurosciences, Cancer & Associated Specialities and Head & Neck directorates.
  • Catherine Carlton

    Research Nurse

    Catherine Carlton

    Catherine Carlton, Research Nurse


    In 1992 Catherine qualified as a Registered General Nurse and in 1999 she achieved a Diploma in Nursing with an emphasis on Critical Care nursing at Homerton College, Cambridge.
    Since qualifying she has worked both within primary and secondary healthcare and over time developed a keen interest in the field of clinical research. This inspired Catherine to join R&I in 2013, where she currently works as a Clinical Research Nurse supporting research studies within NUH.
  • Lani Patterson

    Research Nurse

    Lani Patterson

    Lani Patterson, Research Nurse


    Lani Patterson qualified in Nursing at Nottingham in 2002, she was an expert member on a Local Research Ethics Committee from 2002 – 2004, and gained a Diploma in Research Methods (Health) in 2006. She joined the NUH team of Research Nurses in 2013 and enjoys the combination of direct patient contact and academic learning her role requires. Lani 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 Cox

    Research Nurse

    Patrick Cox

    Patrick Cox, Research Nurse


    Patrick graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada with a combined honours degree in Social Anthropology and Religious Studies in 1996. He completed his diploma (DipHE) in Adult Nursing at De Montfort University, Leicester in 2003. He joined the Research and Innovation team at NUH in his current role as research nurse in January 2013.
  • Rebecca Nicol

    Research Nurse

    Rebecca Nicol, Research Nurse

    Rebecca Nicol, Research Nurse


    Rebecca has a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science from Nottingham Trent University (2003) and went on to work as a Clinical Research Technician. After retraining, Rebecca graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in Nursing in 2009. After qualifying as a registered nurse, Rebecca has worked as a renal nurse and as a Critical Care nurse in medical, renal and surgical high dependency units and in the Adult Intensive Care Unit. Rebecca joined the research team in 2014 as a Clinical Research Nurse, supporting research studies within Nottingham University Hospitals.
  • Shirley Pyke

    Research Nurse

    Shirley Pyke, Research Nurse

    Shirley Pyke,
    Research Nurse


    Shirley qualified as a nurse in 1978, converting her registration in 1987. She completed her Diploma (DipHE) in Health studies in 1991 and has gained experience in a diverse range of specialities within secondary healthcare.

    She began working in Research in 2011 with the CRN: East Midlands working on both commercial and non-commercial trials in a variety of domains including Surgery, Neonatal, Ophthalmology, Rheumatology and Neurology. She joined R&I in June 2014.

  • Zoe Bull

    Research Practitioner

    Zoe Bull, Research Practitioner

    Zoe Bull,
    Research Practitioner


    Zoe joined NUH in 2012 as a Phlebotomist. She then went on to work in Acute Medicine on ward B3. In 2015 she joined R&I as a Research Practitioner supporting clinical trials at NUH
  • Jade Higman

    Research Practitioner

    Jade Higman, Research Practitioner

    Jade Higman,
    Research Practitioner


    Jade graduated from the University of Leeds in 2012 with a degree in Neuroscience BSc (Hons). She then joined NUH working on a Neurology and Neurosurgery ward. In 2015 Jade joined R&I working as a Research Practitioner supporting clinical trials at Nottingham University Hospitals.

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