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We want to see health & care improvement through quality research
rooted in our organisations and systems, enabled by an
effective and valued R&D workforce.

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 Virginia Minogue, Independent Research Management Consultant.
  • Dr Angela Ball, Independent consultant

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.

Dr Shona Haining

Shona has worked in various R&D roles operationally and strategically in the North East for many years, mainly in Primary Care but also secondment or joint posts into secondary care, mental health and NHS England. Her current role is as Head of Research & Evidence for North of England Commissioning Support. She leads to deliver the research and evidence statutory duties of the 11 Clinical Commissioning Groups over the North East and North Cumbria. She is passionate about the professional and essential role research can play in the whole pathway of research from ideas to implementing outcomes to improve patient care.

Dr Virginia Minogue

Dr Virginia Minogue is an independent research management consultant, coach and mentor. She previously worked in research management for NHS England and also for a number of NHS Trusts. She is an experienced Senior Manager, in the public and third sector, working at national, regional and local level, leading on commissioning, research policy, strategy and governance. She has a history of involving service users, patients and carers in all aspects of commissioning and research. Virginia also has wide university teaching experience. Current projects include an advisory role with the Health Service Executive and with GS1. Virginia is also an experienced charity trustee and has worked for a number of charities; she served two terms of office as chair of a large mental health charity in the UK and was a trustee for 15 years. She is currently a Board member and research lead for another mental health charity.

Dr Angela Ball

Angela has worked in clinical research for about 20 years and has been associated with the forum since 2002. She has experience of managing research to meet U.K., USA and Middle Eastern compliance requirements. Angela was previously Assistant Executive Director of Business Development and Research at the Hamad Medical Corporation in Doha where she modernised their research management practices, established the corporation’s IRB and achieved accreditation against the JCI criteria. Prior to this she worked at the Christie NHS Foundation Trust where she was the Associate Director of Research, her role included the management of the research division which included facilities such as the research tissue bank, trials coordination unit, patient recruitment facilities and staff.

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.

Kate Greenwood

Kate has been working in health research management since late 1999. Kate supports the Forum in the development and delivery of our strategy, the community and our outputs. Kate started in research at the University of Portsmouth as a research assistant in health services research, becoming research manager and associate senior lecturer at the local NHS R&D Consortium, and later the research manager at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. In these roles Kate contributed to the strategic development and operational function of research across both acute and primary care, and is experienced in sponsorship and strategy development. In her time as a research manager Kate valued the support of the NHS R&D Forum and this fuels her drive to continue its development.

Delegant Limited provide the day-to-day event management and membership management for the NHS R&D Forum. Delegant manage the Annual Conference, all training courses, and the day-to-day running of the NHS R&D Forum. Please contact us directly for any questions you have concerning the Forum.

Group Chairs

The Chairs of the Forum Groups are members of the Leadership Team that oversees strategy and leads areas of activity to move the work of the Forum forward as a body

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