The Forum consists of those in R&D management, support & leadership roles working in with and for providers and commissioners of health and care. Our network is broad and inclusive of patients and the public, non-traditional settings, joint research offices, higher education sponsor teams and more.
Members who volunteer their time lead the Forum, represent the R&D Forum community, and create our value, content and outputs.
The Forum Leadership Team
Representing the Forum to stakeholders, the team oversees the Forum strategy and leads areas of activity to move the work of the Forum forward as a body.
The Forum leadership team is made up of:
- Exec Committee
- Group Chairs
- Management Team
Forum Executive Committee
The committee oversees the strategic direction and daily operations of the Forum as a network. The group is responsible for oversight of finance and governance and financial oversight, contractors, communications and the process for conference and events.
- Dr Maria Palmer, Director of R&D Forum
- Dr Shona Haining, Head of Research & Evidence,. NECS
- Dr Angela Ball, Independent consultant
- Mrs Angela Topping, Head of Newcastle Joint Research Office
Dr Maria Palmer
Maria has been involved in the NHS R&D Forum since it’s inception and has been its Director since 2007. A pharmacist by profession she gained a Masters degree and PhD by research and has been involved in a wide range of laboratory, clinical and health services research. Maria has been involved in R&D management since 1996, including 10 years as R&D Director for the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust leading on the trust’s Culyer declaration and funding bids.
Forum Management & Business Support Services
The Forum manager supports all the groups and the leadership team in driving the strategy and content of the Forum. The Manager is charged with implementing the strategic plan on a daily basis, engaging with community members and partners, and developing our projects and initiatives. The current Forum Manager is Kate Greenwood.
Helen is the NHS Research and Development Forum Coordinator and Research Manager for North of England Commissioning Support (NECS). As Research Manager, Helen supports and manages the delivery and development of primary care research and evaluations in the North East, North Cumbria and North Yorkshire. Prior to this role she worked clinically as a Midwife and as a Research Facilitator supporting GP practices in Newcastle and North Tyneside. Helen has also completed a Masters in Clinical Research (Leadership) from Newcastle University. Helen’s Dissertation was titled “Research activity and quality indicators in primary care” and this has been disseminated widely locally and at national conferences.