Christine McGrath, director of research and development

Christine directs the Trust's research and development support and activities, and develops our hospital-university partnership with our leading clinical academics, our medical director Dr Derek Sandeman and the University of Southampton's dean of medicine, Professor Iain Cameron.

Email: Christine.mcgrath@uhs.nhs.ukChristine photo website 2

Strategic leadership

Christine provides leadership in developing the Trust's research investment and support for clinical areas, drawing on her expertise in R&D strategy, policy, funding and governance to deliver high quality research for the benefit of patients.

Her time at Southampton has seen a four-fold increase in the Trust's research income, the establishment of senior research leads across our division and implementation of core teams and posts that have delivered year-on-year increases in research volume and efficiency.

National leadership and industry engagement

Christine is active in developing national partnerships, collaborations and debate in advancing research in the NHS, leading Southampton's participation in key projects to streamline research governance and facilitate multi-site collaborations and working.

She works extensively with industry to deliver commercial contract research and develop long-term partnerships and platforms for commercial trialsProf Saul Faust, director of the NIHR Wellcome Trust Southampton Clinical Research Facility and colleagues within the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Comprehensive Local Research Network.


Christine joined Southampton in 2006, a key part of the Trust's newly established 2020 vision to become a world class clinical academic centre of excellence.

Dedicated to ensuring that clinical research thrives in the NHS, UK academic and industry sectors, Christine moved into research management in 2003 following a career in research nursing, completing her master's by research with the University of Bristol.