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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 Board of Trustees/ Leadership Group

The Board oversees the strategic direction and daily operations of the Forum as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) and as a network. The Board is responsible for the governance and financial oversight of all activities, including communications and the conference and events programme. The CIO trustees are listed below, including the elected Chair Angela Topping.


  • Shona Haining, Head of Research & Evidence, NECS
  • Angela Ball, Independent consultant
  • Angela Topping, Head of Newcastle Joint Research Office
  • Carolyn Maloney, Research & Innovation Chief Operating Officer at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
  • Dipak Patel, Associate Director of Research & Innovation at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Margaret Cooper, Director of Research and Development at Tameside Integrated NHS Foundation Trust and Senior Research Strategy Lead at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sean Scott, Regulatory Compliance Manager at the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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.

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

Dr Nicola Williams

Dr Nicola Williams is National Director of Support & Delivery, Health and Care Research Wales. She has been an active researcher for 20+ years, initially delivering research projects and programmes in primary care and public health. Prior to her role in Wales, she was Deputy Director of R&D in North Bristol Trust, and jointly established one of the Comprehensive Local Research Networks in England. In parallel, she has worked as a policy and change advisor to the Welsh and UK Governments, and Health Research Authority. She has been Chair of the Programme Content Group since 2016.

Nicola Williams is chair of the Conference Programme Development Group

See all Group Chairs

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