UKCRFN SMT Scotland Representative

Deputy Director at Edinburgh CRF

Steve has been the Deputy Director  of Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility since 2017 and is the Scottish Lead on the UKCRF.

Prior to this post he worked for two years as the Commercial Research Manager in Tayside, regularly liaising with industry, academia and the Chief Scientist’s Office to increase commercial collaborations and industry trials in the NHS. He now manages over 150 staff across three NHS Phase 1 MHRA accredited research facilities alongside associated University of Edinburgh core support services in his current role.   With a clinical background initially as a research nurse in cardiovascular medicine and connective tissue diseases Steve developed his role in a Senior Research Nursing Fellow post in the University of Dundee, where he was Principal Investigator, co applicant and grant holder on both CTIMP and non CTIMP trials.

Steve completed a PhD in 2014 whilst working in a dual role as a Senior Research Nursing Fellow in The Institute of Cardiovascular Research (Dundee) and Senior Trials Manager in Tayside Clinical Trials Unit (TCTU). He enjoyed  a lead role in the set up of the TCTU in 2010 and has extensive experience in regulatory submissions, protocol development and mentoring and supervising research staff.

His particular interests are workforce development, increasing public engagement in clinical research and ensuring we develop sustainable careers for staff in clinical research.  He has delivered training and lectures to both professionals and the public on clinical research and teaches regularly on the National GCP course.

The picture above is of Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility.