UKCRF Network appoints new Interim Director

The UK Clinical Research Facility Network (UKCRF Network) has appointed a new Interim Director.

Paul Brown, who is the current Head of Research and Innovation at Lancashire Teaching Hospital, has been selected for the role.

Paul oversees operations from the National Institute for Health and Research (NIHR) Lancashire CRF and is also the co-chair of the North West Coast Clinical Research Network Research and Development Forum.

Having 10 years’ experience in the UKCRF Network Senior Management Team, Paul’s role in the UKCRF Network has included founding and oversight of the Costing and Sustainability Workstream with work on the NIHR Costing template.

Dr Iain McLean, Managing Director for Research and Innovation at MFT, said: “We are delighted to appoint Paul to this role. His experience and leadership across research and innovation, Lancashire CRF, and within the UKCRF Network, will enable us to continue building an exciting future for experimental medicine and clinical research across the UK and Ireland.

“I am also very grateful to Caroline Saunders at NIHR Cambridge CRF for holding this role since Helen’s retirement until Paul’s appointment.”

Paul said: “I am delighted to be taking over for this interim period as UKCRF Network Director, working with colleagues in the CRFs of the UK and Ireland but also renewing friendships in Manchester.

“I look forward to this new challenge, helping to complete the current bid-cycle and especially to help colleagues at NIHR Southampton CRF deliver this year’s UKCRFN Conference successfully.”

Paul’s appointment follows the retirement of Helen Pidd, who was the former Operations Director of the NIHR Manchester CRF.

In other appointment-related news, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Trust has appointed a new Chief Executive.