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
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.
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.
Rachael has been working in a variety of science teaching, communications and community engagement for nearly 20 years. As Head of Research Communications at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, most recently she has been instrumental in providing strategic communications for their COVID research response, including on two urgent public health studies led by the trust and its university partner. Rachael is passionate about making clinical research as accessible and inclusive as possible, utilising media channels and campaigns to reach a range of audiences. Her objective for the group is to help shape and implement best practice research communications through the NHS R&D Forum, where ideas are shared, issues are debated and all contributions are valued.
Rachael is Chair of the Forum Research Communications Group