Staff

Hammersmith Medicines Research
  • Executive Chairman
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    Malcolm Boyce

    BSc MB ChB FRCP FFPM FBPhS FRQA FCMI QP MD

    Malcolm was the founding Managing and Clinical Director of HMR in 1993. Since then, he has been principal investigator or co-investigator for over 800 phase 1 and early phase 2 trials. His special interest is asthma. He also has responsibility for our ISO 9001 quality management system.

    He qualified in physiology and medicine in Bristol, and subsequently became: Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians; Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine; and Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology at St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College.

    He has held various posts in clinical and academic medicine, and has worked for several of the major pharmaceutical companies. During his time in the industry, he carried out or co-ordinated numerous clinical trials in Europe and the USA across all phases of drug development, with a wide variety of new compounds.

    He is a member of the: Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine DHP/CHP Advisory Committee; MHRA GCP Consultative Committee; and NRES Phase 1 Advisory Group. He has published over 150 papers in journals and books on drug development and research ethics.

    Click here to see a copy of Malcolm's CV.

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  • Chief Medical Adviser
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    Steve Warrington

    MA MD FRCP FFPM

    Steve was the founding Medical Director of HMR in 1993. He has been the principal investigator for numerous phase 1 trials, especially first-administration-to-man trials. He holds a licence for administration of radiolabelled medicines to man. In 2012, he was promoted to Chief Medical Adviser.

    He qualified in physiology and medicine at Cambridge University. He trained in clinical pharmacology, internal medicine and in cardiology at St Bartholomew's Hospital and was awarded an MD by Cambridge University, for research into non-invasive methods of testing cardiovascular medicines in healthy subjects. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine. He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology, St Bartholomew's Hospital, London.

    During 1981-1993, he was Medical Director of a commercial clinical pharmacology unit linked to the Department of Clinical Pharmacology, St Bartholomew's Hospital.

    He is a committee member of the Clinical Section of the British Pharmacological Society, a referee for various clinical pharmacology journals, and the author of more than 150 publications on general and specialist clinical pharmacology.

    Click here to see a copy of Steve's CV.

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  • Senior Research Physician and Principal Investigator
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    Frans van den Berg

    MBChB

    Frans joined HMR as a Research Physician in 2005, and was promoted to Senior Research Physician and Principal Investigator in 2013. He advises on the feasibility of studies and reviews their design, writes ICFs, protocols and study procedures, and is responsible for the medical management of trials, including screening of subjects and safety reporting.

    Frans qualified in medicine in 2000 at the University of Free State, South Africa. He has completed more than 50 phase 1 and phase 2 studies, and been co-investigator for over 40 studies.

    Click here to see a copy of Frans' CV.

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  • Director of Scientific Services
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    Kate Darwin

    BA DPhil MRQA MICR

    Kate joined HMR as Medical Writer and Quality System Administrator in 1998, and became Head of Medical Writing and Quality Services in 2000. As Head of Medical Writing, she was responsible for writing trial reports, and for training and providing support to staff in writing reports, protocols, ethics submissions etc. As Head of Quality Services, she managed the Quality Team, and was responsible for audits of studies, facilities and subcontractors, and played a key role in setting up our laboratory and pharmacy and in implementing the EU Clinical Trials Directive. In 2005, Kate was promoted to Director of Clinical Science, responsible for clinical project management, medical writing and providing regulatory support. In 2014, we promoted Kate to Director of Scientific Services, expanding her previous role to include responsibility for our laboratory, data management and statistics, and quality.

    Kate gained a BA in Biochemistry in 1992 and a DPhil in microbiology in 1996, both from Oxford University. She did post-doctoral research at Imperial College London between 1996 and 1998. She is a Member of the British Association of Research Quality Assurance and a Professional Member of the Institute of Clinical Research.

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  • Head of Medical Writing
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    Sally Dowen

    MA PhD

    Sally joined HMR as a Clinical Project Manager in 2006, with responsibility for management of clinical trials, writing trial-related documents, ethics submissions, and preparing Clinical Trial Authorisation applications.  In 2008, she became Senior Clinical Project Manager, with responsibility for training and providing support to Clinical Project Managers. We promoted her to Team Leader in 2010, giving her line management responsibility for the group. In 2014, we further promoted Sally to Head of Clinical Science, with responsibility for clinical project management, medical writing and providing regulatory support. In 2016, Sally decided to focus on the medical writing aspects of her role. However, as Head of Medical Writing, she still provides invaluable guidance and support to our clinical science group.

    Sally gained an MA in Natural Sciences in 1998, and a PhD in Molecular Oncology in 2002, both from Cambridge University. She held Post-doctoral Research Associate positions at Cambridge University and Cancer Research UK between 2002 and 2006. In 2010 she gained a Certificate in Human Pharmacology from the Royal College of Physicians, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine.

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  • Director of Corporate Services
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    Stephen Smith

    BA MSc Chartered FCIPD FCMI

    Stephen now has over 15 years' experience of administration and staff recruitment at HMR. He joined us as a Research Technician in 1996, after working in NHS pathology laboratories for 6 years. In 2000 he became Head of Administration and Human Resource Management, with additional responsibility for housekeeping and health and safety systems. In 2005 he was made Director. He oversaw the design process for our new premises, and managed our relocation. As Director of Corporate Services, Stephen also now manages the company facilities and the content of our websites.

    Stephen obtained a BA in Fine Art, in 1990, at Wimbledon School of Art. After joining HMR, he gained an MSc in International Business, in 1999, at Birkbeck College, London University. He obtained fellowship of both the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and the Chartered Management Institute, in 2006. Stephen was nominated as Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2007.

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  • Financial Director and Company Secretary
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    Kevin O'Brien

    BComm FCMA

    Kevin is another founder member of HMR. In 1995, he became Company Secretary, and in 1996, he became a full-time member of staff. In 2003, Kevin was appointed Financial Director. He is responsible for our accounting systems, payroll, pension schemes, taxation compliance, monetary assets, the statutory books, and information disclosed to the Registrar of Companies.

    Kevin became a Bachelor of Commerce at University College, Cork, in 1985, a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in 1995, and a fellow of CIMA in 2006.

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  • Consultant Statistician
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    John Salter

    BSc CStat FRSS

    John has worked as a statistician in the pharmaceutical industry since 1995, in major pharmaceutical companies and global CROs, across various therapeutic areas and phases.  He has provided statistical input into many national and international clinical trials, from protocol through to clinical study report, and advised on statistical elements of clinical development programmes.  He has extensive experience in oncology, including adaptive trial design, and in production and validation of CDISC datasets (SDTM/ADaM) including ODM and DEFINE documentation.  He also has a strong background in project, resource and people management. 

    John serves on the PhUSE Board of Directors, and is a Chartered Statistician and Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.

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  • Head of Data Management
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    Bhavini Ladwa

    BSc

    Bhavini (Vin) has nearly 20 years of data management experience at HMR.  After working on our wards for a year, she joined the Data Management team in 1999.  We promoted her to Team Leader in 2004, giving her managerial responsibility for a team of Data Managers. We further promoted her to Head of Data Management in 2016, and she now runs that group, and coordinates the data management for all our trials. She has used her expertise and long experience to optimise all aspects of our data management processes – including design and build of CRF/eCRF, database and CDASH-compliant datasets; coding; validation specifications; edit check programming; and query management – with a focus on data quality and efficiency, to ensure that all our clients’ requirement are met.

    Vin gained a BSc in Biochemistry in 1997 from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London. Before starting at HMR, she spent a year working as a Clinical Data Associate for another Phase 1 CRO. Vin is a member of the Association of Clinical Data Managers (ACDM), and is a long-distance tutor for the data management module of the Masters in Clinical Trials at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

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  • Head of Statistics and Programming
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    Nick Jackson

    BSc

    Nick began his career as a SAS programmer in 2001.  He was made SAS Team Leader in 2016, and further promoted to Head of Statistics and Programming in 2018, with line management responsibility for those groups.

    Nick has over 15 years of experience as a hands-on programmer providing statistical analysis outputs.  He has played a major role in developing HMR's in-house SAS tools for CDISC standards SDTM/ADaM and Define.XML. In his current role as Head of Statistics and Programming, he supports and develops a team of programmers, and oversees the statistics team, to ensure that our outputs meet clients' specifications and timelines.  Nick also has primary responsibility for production of randomisation codes and pharmacokinetic analyses.

    Nick has a BSc in Pharmacology from the University of East London, and worked at HMR for 2 years, first as a Research Technician on our wards, then as a Data Manager, before becoming a SAS programmer.

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  • Statistics Team Leader
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    Stephen Sah

    BSc MSc

    Stephen joined our Statistics and Data Management Department as Statistician in 2015.  He was promoted to Senior Statistician in 2016 and further promoted to Statistics Team Leader in 2017.  He manages the statistics team and is actively involved in the design and analysis of trials, reviewing protocols, statistical analysis plans and statistical outputs. Stephen also supports the HMR Laboratory in statistical analyses of assay validation data.

    Stephen received an MSc in Statistics from University College Dublin in 2011 and has been a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society since then.  He worked as a Biostatistician in research and development from 2011 until joining HMR in 2015.

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  • Director of Pharmacy
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    Amanda Peter

    BPharm MSc Grad Dip Law MPSA MRPharmS

    Amanda joined HMR in 2013 as Director of Pharmacy, and has overall responsibility for running the pharmacy.

    Amanda has a wealth of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, particularly in the areas of regulatory affairs, licensing medicines, good manufacturing practice (GMP), and QA and QP releasing of batches of commercial products to the public and investigational medicinal products for use in clinical trials. In addition to a degree in Pharmacy, she has an MSc in Medicine, and a Graduate Diploma in Law.

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  • IT Manager
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    John Kirk

    BSc MSc MBCS

    John joined HMR as IT Manager in 2005. In addition to managing the IT team, he is also responsible for developing software to assist in the management of clinical trials.

    John gained a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from the University of Durham in 1995, and an MSc in Advanced Computing from Kings College London in 2004. He is a Member of the BCS.

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  • Quality Manager
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    Afia Khatun Miah

    BSc

    Afia joined HMR as a Research Technician in 2003, and soon became Quality Coordinator in her ward team. In 2004 she joined our QA department, as a Quality Research Associate. We promoted her to Quality Manager in 2008. As Quality Manager, Afia manages the QA department, liaises with external auditors, sponsors, and regulatory authorities, maintains our ISO 9001:2008 quality system, and assures the quality of our work and regulatory compliance.

    Afia holds a BSc in Pharmacology from University College London. She is an Associate Member of the British Association of Research Quality Assurance, and a Registered Member of the Institute of Clinical Research.

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  • Staff Training Manager
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    James Gartside

    BSc

    James joined HMR as a Research Technician in 2011, and was soon given additional responsibilities as a ward Quality Coordinator. He was promoted to Senior Research Technician in 2012. In 2013, he joined our training team and became a Principal Research Technician and Staff Trainer. He was further promoted to Senior Staff Trainer in 2014, and became our Staff Training Manager in 2016. He is the course leader for our training programme in Clinical Pharmacology Practice – an academic partnership with the University of West London. He sits on our health and safety committee and is our fire safety officer. James has a BSc in Genetics from the University of Liverpool.

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  • Ward Manager
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    Sarah Boulton

    BSc

    Sarah joined HMR as a Research Technician in 2000 and was promoted to Team Leader in 2002. She has over 10 years’ experience of phase 1 clinical trials in healthy subjects, and has taken a lead role in more than 50 trials, testing a wide variety of new compounds. In 2007 she was promoted to Ward Manager, responsible for the day-to-day running of our wards.

    Sarah holds a BSc in Psychology and Biology from Liverpool John Moores University. She is currently studying for an MSc in Clinical Drug Development at Queen Mary's University, London.

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  • Recruitment and Screening Manager
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    Mavi Walther

    BSc

    Mavi joined HMR as a Recruitment and Screening Technician in 1999 and was promoted to Team Leader in 2002. She has nearly 15 years’ experience of recruiting and screening healthy subjects for phase 1 clinical trials. Mavi played an important role in setting up TOPS (www.tops.org.uk), a UK-wide database to prevent subjects from ‘overvolunteering’. In 2011, we promoted Mavi to Recruitment and Screening Manager, recognising her strategic contribution to HMR.

    Mavi holds a BSc in Biochemistry from the Complutense University of Madrid.

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  • Head of Pharmacy Production
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    Kirsten Heukelbach

    MRPharmS

    Kirsten joined HMR in August 2005 as a Pharmacist and was promoted to Head of Pharmacy Production in December 2006. She supports the Director of Pharmacy in the day-to-day management of the pharmacy department. She deals with sponsor enquiries, facilitates production, maintains MHRA registration of the premises, and helps to ensure GMP compliance.

    Kirsten qualified as a pharmaceutical technician in 1991, in Germany, and as a pharmacist in 1998 at the London School of Pharmacy, and completed a course in radiopharmacy at King's College, London in 2008. She has been a Member of the General Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain since 1999.

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  • Director of Laboratory Services
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    Juan Naveda

    BSc FIBMS

    Juan joined HMR as Head of Laboratory Services in 2001. He has extensive laboratory experience, including nearly 20 years of laboratory development and management in the NHS and private pathology units. His expertise includes business planning and development and resource management. We first promoted him to Director of Laboratory Services in 2010. He returned to that post in 2014, after a break from HMR.

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