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Research & Development

There are many ways to get involved with research, at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Our team

Our team provides infrastructure support for research that is both multi-functional and multi-faceted. We provide assistance with grant applications and advice on study methodology and design. We have developed templates for study documents such as protocols, patient information sheets and consent forms and will act as sponsor for research projects where the chief investigator is a Trust employee.


Professor John Geddes

Director of Research and Development

Read more about Professor John Geddes

Professor Andrea Cipriani

Associate Research and Development Director

Bill Wells

Head of Research and Development

Professor Vanessa Raymont

NIHR Dementia and Mental Health Lead, Thames Valley and South Midlands Clinical Research Network

Dr Cathy Henshall

Head of Research Delivery

Mary Jane Attenburrow

Clinical Lead, NIHR Oxford cognitive health Clinical Research Facility

Read more about Mary Jane Attenburrow

Orla Macdonald

Lead Research Pharmacist

Tanya Smith

Head of Research Informatics and Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) CRIS Theme Lead

Marco Pontecorvi

Biomedical Research Centre Manager

Claudia Hurducas

Research Delivery Manager, Oxford cognitive health Clinical Research Facility Manager

Brandy Coote

Research Support Manager

Helen Jones

Research Delivery Manager (Maternity Leave)

Jennifer Potts

Research Engagement Manager

Claire Murray

Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) Manager

Catherine Kernot

Communications and Engagement Manager

Mental health research delivery team

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has taken an innovative step of creating a dedicated mental health research delivery team – made up of 11 research assistants who are now embedded within clinical teams across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire and work together with the clinicians in their team to ensure research opportunities for participation in research are known to both staff and service users.

The research assistants support a broad portfolio of research studies at any one time, at varying levels of intensity. The researchers are also supported to manage their own small caseload of clients, delivering low-intensity clinical work.

Tahnee Marquardt

Team Leader

Anna Heinen

Senior Research Assistant

Verity Abbots

TACK Clinical Research Assistant

Kazminder Fox

TACK Clinical Research Assistant

Alex Bothwell

Clinical Research Assistant: Bucks North Adult Mental Health Team (Aylesbury Vale)

Duncan Dudley-Hicks

Clinical Research Assistant: City and North East Oxon Adult Mental Health and Children and Young Peoples’ Services (CAMHS)

Jade Harvey

Clinical Research Assistant: Oxford Early Intervention Service (EIS)

Anne-Marie Nillo

Clinical Research Assistant: South Oxfordshire Adult Mental Health Teams

Sherin Varghese

Clinical Research Assistant: Bucks South Adult Mental Health Team (Chiltern)

Heather Guerin

Clinical Research Assistant: North & West Oxfordshire Adult Mental Health Teams

Taneesha Jones-Seale

Clinical Research Assistant: Buckinghamshire Early Intervention Service (EIS)


Clinical Research Assistant: Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire)


Clinical Research Assistant: Adult and Older Adult Mental Health

If you would like more information on how to get involved with research opportunities in the Trust please get in touch with the team:


Tel: 01865 902 543

Memory and cognition research delivery team

The experienced clinicians who make up the memory and cognition research delivery team range from mental health nurses to occupational therapists linked to the older adult memory clinic. The team has use of a brand new research suite at the Whiteleaf Centre and is experienced in supporting the set-up, recruitment and delivery of a variety of studies from questionnaires to clinical trials of investigational medical products. 

Rowena Johns

Team Leader

Gemma Willoughby

Research Administrator

Thandiwe Hoggarth

Research Nurse

Ruth Carson

Research Nurse

Justine Adams

Research Nurse

Ann Murphy

Research Nurse

Jemima Hume

Research Nurse

Amanda Colston

Research Nurse

Annette Haddon-Silver

Research Practitioner

Zoe Collette

Research Assistant Practitioner


Clinical research facility research delivery team

Cheryl Pavel

Team Leader

Valerie Paulley

CRF Administrator

Laura Eshmene

Research Facilitator

Sarah Mather

Research Facilitator

Sophie Chambers

Research Assistant

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Research support team

Mel Brookings

Research Support Coordinator

Gordon Riddell

Research Support Coordinator

Natalia Jastrzebska

Research Support Facilitator

Research administration


Donna Scott

Research Data Manager


Nick Raven

Interim Senior Research Accountant

Bona Patel

R&D Finance Manager


Suzanne Fisher

CRIS Academic Support and Data Analyst

Adam Pill

CRIS Academic Support and Data Analyst

Lulu Kane

Clinical Record Interactive Search (CRIS) Administrator

Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)

Erin Poyner

BRC Administrator

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