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Management Team

Head of Research and Development

Lydia Harris

01904 726606

07702 816606

  • Development of our Trust's research profile and capacity to conduct research
  • Delivery of the Trusts Research Strategy
  • Management of Research Contracts and Finance
  • Supporting  applications for funding (including Patient and Public Involvement)
  • Strategic research oversight and delivery locally, regionally and nationally

Head of Research Delivery (Clinical) & Lead Research Nurse

Cate Laven

01904 724641

07788 977568

  • Supporting, leading, supervising, managing and/or co-ordinating all Trust Nurses involved in research

  • Line managing the Senior Research Nurses/midwives/AHPs and overseeing all research nurse activity, ensuring a trained and competent workforce
  • Responsible for the efficient and effective utilisation of the Nursing/Midwifery/AHP Researchers and non-Medical research staff

  • Developing nursing/midwifery/AHP research practice within the Trust

Head of Research Operations and Research Advisor

Deborah Phillips

07464 491875

  • Preparation and management of all matters related to Trust Research Sponsorship applications 

  • Sponsor representative for Trust sponsored research studies

  • Named individual to authorise IRAS applications

  • Independent Scientific Review and Research Advice

  • Research Misconduct lead

Head of Research Delivery (non-clinical)

Mags Szewczyk

0777 6496705

  • Currently on secondment

Commercial Research Manager

 Marthe Ludtmann


  • Contact for all commercial research activities and commercial stakeholders

  • Commercial research study facilitation

  • Acquisition of new commercial research studies for the Trust

  • Costings & Contracting

  • Assistance with intellectual property protection

Senior Research Nurses

Laura Griffiths

Paul Brittain

01904 721733

01904 725125

  • Line management, training and supervision of research delivery teams

  • Ensuring staff are managed and supported in the workplace and are appropriately trained to evidence they are competent to carry out their research work

Paul Brittain covers: Cancer, Specialist & Clinical Support Services Group

Laura Griffiths covers: Medicine Care Group - York & Scarborough, Surgery & Family Health Care Group

Find out more about the Care Groups here

Grant Development Officer

Lisa Ballantine

07985 315502

  • Distributing Research funding opportunities

  • Supporting all aspects of research funding applications

  • Building collaborations

  • Costing research bids (including SoECAT support)

  • PPI 

  • Supporting early career researchers

R&D Administrator - Management Team

EDGE Project Co-ordinator

Ellis Bramall

01904 721277

  • Lead EDGE database development project

  • System development

  • User training

R&D Administrator - Management Team

Sarah Sheath

01904 726996

  • Main point of contact for Department and Management Team

  • SOP Controller

  • Arrangement of honorary contracts, letters of access and research passports

  • Study invoicing

  • Website management

1st April 2023 – 31st March 2024

York & Scarborough

50 research studies open to recruitment


3246 patients recruited into clinical trials