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Management Team

The NIHR Newcastle Clinical Research Facility is led by a team of internationally-recognised clinicians, matron, senior research sisters and operations manager who provide overarching strategic direction for the Newcastle CRF as well as oversight on the locally deployed sites.

The management team meet regularly and also have separate meetings for the individual sites which provides the forum for transparent information sharing and discussion.

The group discuss:

  • Updates on active and potential clinical trials.
  • Recruitment and occupancy rates.
  • The financial position of the NCRF.
  • Progress against operational and strategic plans.

Simon Hill


Prof. Quentin Campbell Hewson

Paediatric Research Unit Director

Dr. Chris Vernazza

Dental Clinical Research Unit Director

Suzanne Hetherington

Senior Research Sister

Ben Porter

Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Manager

Prof. Mark Walker

Strategic Research Adviser

Maria Price

Senior Research Sister

Dr Alison Yarnall

CARU Deputy Director

Prof Fai Ng

Director of the Clinical Research Facility

Prof Nicola Pavese

Director of the Clinical Ageing Research Unit

Dominic Lamb

Operations Manager