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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

Farhan Naim

Farhan read Human Biology at King’s College London, graduating with a BSc honours degree in 2001. Upon graduation he joined the phase I clinical research organisation industry holding multiple Clinical Trial Associate posts including at the world’s largest CRO, IQVIA. Having gaining a solid foundation in the principles of clinical trial conduct, management, regulation and delivery, he crossed over into the NHS as a Clinical Trials Practitioner in Oncology at the Imperial College Healthcare NHS trust in 2003. Here he worked alongside world-renowned investigators, supporting them in the delivery of late phase clinical trials in breast, lung, colorectal and urological cancers. In 2010 Farhan was appointed as Oncology Clinical Trials Portfolio Manager at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. He obtained an MSc in Clinical Oncology at the University of Birmingham in 2011 with a thesis entitled ‘Breast cancer patient perceptions in undergoing additional biopsies for research’. He has been at the Royal Free since, where he was subsequently appointed as Deputy Director of Research and Development in 2013 and then as Director of Research and Development in 2018 where he now leads the setting and operational delivery of the trust’s clinical research strategy.

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