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Our leadership team

Our leadership team

Research & Innovation at NUH is led by a team of internationally recognised clinicians, academics and scientists.

At NUH we have dedicated facilities for research and a comprehensive research infrastructure that enables us to carry out life-changing research for our patients.

Our Research & Innovation leadership team is supported by expertise in:

  • Clinical research
  • Translational research
  • Experimental and early phase research
  • Industry partnerships
  • Data and informatics
  • Grant applications and sponsorship
  • Intellectual Property and commercialisation
  • Medical devices and technology
  • End-to-end trials set up and management
  • Governance and quality
  • Patient and public involvement

Meet our team


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Professor Stephen Ryder, Director of Research and Innovation

Steve is a consultant Physician in Hepatology and Gastroenterology. His major clinical and research interest is hepatitis C infection. He was the national lead for the Hepatology Clinical Research Network and has had a significant role in coordinating clinical trials of new therapies. He was recognised by the NIHR for his outstanding contribution to commercial research programmes in 2016.

Steve is Hepatology Vice President of the British Society of Gastroenterology and was appointed Director of the NIHR Nottingham Clinical Research Facility in April 2017.

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Dr Maria Koufali, Managing Director of Research and Innovation

Maria leads the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategy aimed at increasing participation in health research for all patients and NHS staff. Maria led, on behalf of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, the successful bids for a new NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (£23.6m) and a new NIHR Clinical Research Facility (£2.4m) which resulted in a 70% increase in NIHR infrastructure funding in Nottingham. NUH is consistently in the top five most research-active Trusts in the country.

Maria holds a PhD in mitochondrial neuroscience from the University of Dundee and an MBA from the University of Nottingham. After a career as a research fellow, Maria joined the NHS in 2003 as a Clinical Research Manager and has been leading NUH research since 2009.

Maria is also a member of the leadership team for the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre.

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Tom Smith, Chief Operating Officer, Research Infrastructure

Profile coming soon

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Kathryn Fairbrother, Head of Nursing, Research & Innovation

Starting August 2021

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Jen Boston, Head of Research Governance

Profile coming soon

Rachel Webster, Head of Communications and Marketing

Profile and photo coming soon

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Stefan Michelak, Operations Manager, R&I

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Peter Hammersley, Lead Accountant, R&I

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