Governance and management

Southampton’s university-hospital partnership has strong governance structures for strategic development, efficient delivery and oversight of research.


David French, chief executive of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, and Prof Diana Eccles, Dean of Medicine at the University of Southampton, head the partnership.

Together with our research directors they drive development of Southampton’s clinical research programmes and capacity.

Joint Research Strategy Board

This board sets strategic direction and oversees major developments, reporting to university and hospital executive boards. Principal members:

Our NIHR funded infrastructure

We coordinate the people and resources of our major early-stage research facilities, units and centres including our £27m of NIHR funded infrastructure:

By coordinating resources and activity across our major research, this group helps ensure efficient sharing and development of common facilities, teams and processes. It also brings senior management from its constituent members in a single group that reports to the strategy board.