Meet the Team

The NIHR Clinical Research Network has a national leadership team comprising:

  • an Executive Team that provides overall organisational leadership
  • Specialty Cluster Leads, each of whom provides clinical leadership across a group of specialties and for an area of emerging technology and innovation in the CRN
  • a Senior Management Team responsible for day-to-day operational delivery across the full range of CRN responsibilities


The Executive Team

 Jonathan Sheffield Jonathan Sheffield OBE,
Chief Executive Officer
 Matt Cooper Matt Cooper,
Business Development and Marketing Director
 Susan Hamer Susan Hamer,
Director of Nursing, Learning and Organisational Development
 Nick Hirst Nick Hirst,
Chief Information Officer
 Nick Lemoine Nick Lemoine,
Medical Director
 Clare Morgan Clare Morgan,
Research Delivery Director
 Imogen Shillito Imogen Shillito,
Director of Stakeholder Engagement and Communications
 John Sitzia John Sitzia,
Chief Operating Officer


Specialty Cluster Leads

Prof Des Johnston Professor Des Johnston

Specialty Cluster A:

Cardiovascular Disease; Diabetes; Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders; Renal Disorders; Stroke
Prof Eric Alton Professor Eric Alton

Specialty Cluster B:

Respiratory Disorders; Ear, Nose and Throat; Gastroenterology; Hepatology; Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Prof Stephen Smye Associate Prof Philip Evans Professor Stephen Smye and Associate Professor Philip Evans

Specialty Cluster C:

Anaesthesia, Peri-operative Medicine and Pain Management; Critical Care; Dermatology; Health Services and Delivery Research; Injuries and Emergencies; Primary Care; Public Health; Mental Health
Prof Michael Beresford Professor Michael W Beresford

Specialty Cluster D:

Children; Haematology; Musculoskeletal Disorders; Ophthalmology; Reproductive Health and Childbirth
Prof Stuart Parker Professor Stuart Parker

Specialty Cluster E:

Ageing; Dementias and Neurodegeneration (DeNDRoN); Genetics; Neurological Disorders
Prof Matt Seymour Professor Matt Seymour

Specialty Cluster F:

Cancer; Oral and Dental Health; Surgery