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

Leadership team

Professor Stephen Ryder

Professor Stephen Ryder

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.

Tom Smith

Tom Smith

Tom Smith

Chief Operating Officer, Research Infrastructure

Stefan Michelak

Stefan Michelak

Stefan Michelak

Operations Manager, R&I

Jen Boston

Jen Boston

Jen Boston

Head of Research Governance

Kathryn Fairbrother

Kathryn Fairbrother

Kathryn Fairbrother

Head of Nursing, Research & Innovation

Kathryn started her career in the NHS in 1992 as a health care assistant in an acute mental health unit. In March 1993, she started her adult nurse training at the University of Teesside, where Kathryn is originally from  and qualified as a registered nurse in 1996. Kathryn has been involved in research since 1998, firstly in roles at University Hospitals of Leicester and then with the Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Comprehensive Local Research Network. From 2014 until 2021, Kathryn worked in the NIHR Clinical Research Network East Midlands, including as Deputy Chief Operating Officer. She joined NUH in August 2021.