Prof Nagesh Kalakonda, Clinical Director for Research and Innovation
MB, BS, MRCP, FRCPath, PhD
Nagesh is responsible for the strategic direction of research for The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and links in with all of our partners to set our vision, aims and objectives.
"The Centre is committed to securing a national reputation for excellence in cancer research. Central to this goal is improving outcomes for our patients. We want to make real changes for the population of Cheshire and Merseyside"
Dr Gillian Heap, Director of Research and Innovation
BSc (hons), MSc, PhD
Gillian has over 20 years experience of working in research management within the NHS, industry, contract research organisations and academia. Gillian has operational oversight of clinical and academic research within the organisation.
"Research is fundamental to the Centre's commitment to providing the best cancer care to the people that we serve. We will continue to expand our research portfolio to translate into improved treatments and better prognosis for our patients"
Dr Maria Maguire, Research Manager
BSc (hons), MPhil, PhD
Maria began her career as a Biochemist holding Post-Doctoral positions researching into the molecular mechanisms of cancer before becoming Quality Assurance Manager for the Liverpool Cancer Research UK Centre in 2009. She was appointed Research Manager at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in July 2012.
Emma Whitby, R&I Lead Nurse
Emma qualified in 1996 as a registered general nurse specialising in the field of oncology and working in a number of cancer centres across the UK, before joining the cancer research team in 2004 to work as a research practitioner.
Emma's role as R&I Lead Nurse is to provide managerial, operational and professional leadership to the clinical research delivery staff, providing strategic and operational management of clinical research activity.
Michelle Moffitt, Matron for Research and Innovation
Michelle began working at the Centre in 2006 as a staff nurse before joining the research team as an Advanced Research Practitioner in 2009. Since January 2018 Michelle has worked in the role as Research Delivery Manager and is now the Matron for Research and Innovation, providing management and leadership to the dedicated research staff including research nurses and clinical trial coordination staff. The team provides specialised infrastructure to deliver high quality clinical research to patients of Cheshire & Merseyside.
Jane Tinsley, Lead Haematology Research Nurse
Jane qualified in 1996 with a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) degree and has worked in Haemato-oncology since 1997. Jane began working in research in 2009 and has been the Lead nurse for Haemato-oncology studies since 2017.
Jane's role is to provide management and oversight of all Haemato-oncology Clinical Trials at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. Her dedicated team of research nurses and data management staff support the delivery of all blood cancer clinical trials.