Meet the R&D team

Meet the research and development team, who help drive better health and healthcare by ensuring research studies are conducted safely, ethically and efficiently.

The department has several key areas, led by director Christine McGrath and her senior management group.

Key areas and teams

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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 CEO and the dean of Medicine, Professor Iain Cameron.

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Prof Saul Faust, associate director for research and development

Saul supports R&D within the Trust through clinical engagement and insight, helping to develop research activity across clinical services and supporting the establishment of clinical academic leaders.



Karen Underwood, deputy director of research and development

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Louise Ward, PA to director of R&D

Louise coordinates and organises the director of R&D's commitments.


Leanne Cousins, R&D administrator

Leanne is the first point of contact for the R&D Team. Leanne provides clerical and administrative support to the R&D office.