Senior Management Team (SMT)

The SMT meet to review the UKCRF Network strategic themes. They provide advice and support to CRFs, identify new regional and national developments and assess their likely impact. The SMT is a forum for sharing new initiatives and disseminating emerging best practice to CRFs. The SMT advocate and promotes the UKCRF Network and is responsive to the needs of the Network’s key stakeholders (funders, researchers, patients and the public).

Members of the SMT

Paul Brown

  • UKCRF Network Director & Head of Research & Innovation at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (email)


Caroline Saunders

  • UKCRF Network Operational Director & Clinical Manager at the NIHR Clinical Research Facility at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (email)


Joanna Gray

  • Work Package 1 Lead (Operational Delivery) & Clinical Manager at the NIHR Clinical Research Facility at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (email)


Helen Radford

  • Work Package 2 Lead (Strategic Leadership) & Associate Director of Operations for Research at NIHR Leeds Clinical Research Facility (email)


Jennifer Allison

  • Work Package 3 Lead (Workforce Development) & Matron at the NIHR Clinical Research Facility at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (email)


Caroline McMahon

  • Work Package 4 Lead (Involvement & Inclusion) & Patient and Public Involvement and Inclusion Lead at NIHR Cambridge Clinical Research Facility (email)


Elka Giemza

  • Work Package 1 Deputy Lead (Operational Delivery) & Manager at NIHR/Welcome Trust King’s College Clinical Research Facility (email)


Naomi Hickey


Tracy Gazeley

  • Work Package 4 Deputy Lead for Research Inclusion (Involvement & Inclusion), Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Lead at NIHR Coventry Health Clinical Research Facility and Determinants Research Collaboration Governance Lead at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire (email)


Kate Dodd

  • Work Package 4 Deputy Lead for Public Involvement (Involvement & Inclusion) & Recruitment & Engagement Manager (Clinical Trials) at NIHR Liverpool Clinical Research Facility (email)


Dr Corrienne McCulloch

  • SMT Scotland Representative & Deputy Director at Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility (email)


Jayne Goodwin

  • SMT Wales Representative & Head of Research Delivery for Health and Care Research Wales (email)


Jeremy Towns

  • SMT Ireland Representative & Programme Manager for the Wellcome HRB CRF at St James’s Hospital in Dublin (email)


Professor Saul Faust

  • Clinical Lead and Director at Southampton Clinical Research Facility (email)


Professor Jacky Smith

  • Clinical Deputy Lead and Director of NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility (email)