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Non-Commercial Sponsors Group

This group focuses on Sponsorship and brings together experienced NHS and HEI representatives from non-commercial Sponsor teams. The purpose is to drive non-commercial Sponsorship practice forward.

The group develops an annual symposium, supports resources in the resources exchange and monitors hot topics for the community; feeding into training, conference and the HRA non-commercial Sponsors groups. The group generally meets by teleconference.

The HRA are happy for people to join the Non-commercial sponsors reference group please contact for more information

Group Chair:

Sean Scott

Sean has over twelve years’ experience working in clinical research for the public sector, across both the NHS and HEIs. He graduated with an MSc in Clinical Research from Liverpool University and is currently Regulatory Compliance Manager for Newcastle Hospitals. He is a Senior Team member in the Newcastle Joint Research Office, supporting the NHS/academic interface in health and care research.

Sean is lead for research sponsorship and governance with specialist interests in quality and risk management. He works closely with a number of NHS R&D forum groups nationally and supports the North East region with quality improvement, process development and teaching, sharing best practice to increase the profile of clinical research.

Dipak Patel

Dipak has twenty years’ experience working in clinical research for the public sector, across both the NHS and HEIs. He is the Associate Director Research & Innovation at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and has a wealth of experience in the set up and delivery of research and introduction of innovation to services, working closely with University partners, other NHS Trusts, the Clinical Research Networks and Pharma.

Group Members:

Jessica Bisset
Research Operations Manager
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Benita Hallewell-Goodwin
R&D Coordinator
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Jen Harrison
HRA Approval Change Manager
Health Research Authority

Gemma Jones
Head of Clinical Trial Operations
Comprehensive Clinical Trials Unit. University College London

Dr Mikayala King
Quality Assurance Manager
University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Heidi Nield
Clinical Trial Operations Director
EpiGen Consortium, University of Southampton

Heather Rogers
RD&I Governance Manager
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sean Scott
Regulatory Compliance Manager
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sarah Townsend
Research and Development Manager
Velindre Cancer Centre, Velindre NHS Trust

Birgit Whitman
Head of Research Governance and Integrity
University of Birmingham

Angela Williams
Head of Research & Development

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