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UK Research Finance Group

The UK Research Finance Group is a professional community of NHS R&D Finance Managers across the UK.The group provides the opportunity to forge professional relationships and establish a network of colleagues. It will also deliver outputs including guidance and training to support the research finance community.

It resulted from a request from UKRD (a national community of R&D Leaders established in 2017) to establish a working group of NHS R&D Finance managers specifically to explore and discuss topical and ongoing issues facing NHS R&D departments, how they impact on individual Trusts and the R&D community as a whole.

For this initiative, NHS R&D Forum is working jointly with the UKRD as there is overlap and interest in this work for both communities.

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Group Chair:

Susan Keenan

Susan entered the research arena as R&D Senior Finance Manager at University Hospital Southampton in 2014. Her responsibilities include the development and delivery of financial strategy and comprehensive financial management of R&D income and expenditure. She is a fully qualified chartered accountant with vast experience of working as financial lead within the public sector. In 2019 Susan established and is chair of the UK Finance Managers Group (URD / RD Forum) which is a professional community of NHS R&D Finance Managers. It was created specifically to explore and discuss topical and ongoing issues facing NHS R&D departments, how they impact on individual Trusts and the R&D community as a whole.

Professor Philip Smith

Phillip has extensive experience of working in the NHS to enable research to enhance patient care. His current roles include Associate Director for Research at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, Research Ambassador for the Eastern Academic Health Science Network and visiting Professor at the University of Hertfordshire. Phillip is a long-time supporter of the NHS RD Forum and has contributed in many ways over the last 15+ years.

Group Members:

Mark Albrighton

University Hospitals of Derby & Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Kirsten Bailey

Oxford University Hospital

Gillian Chater

Newcastle Upon Thyme Hospitals

Frances Farnworth

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Ernie Finch

Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust

Michael Holloway

Health and Care Research Wales

Martin Maynes

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Joe Mwanza

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Kate O’Brien

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Sandra Quinn

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Farah Rehemtulla

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Emmanuel Rollings-Kamara

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Mark Simpson

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Phillip Smith

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Catherine Ward

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Bill Wells

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

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