Research office

The research office is located at 250A King's Road. The research team is available to offer support throughout the research process, including;

  • research funding, grant applications and communications
  • industry-funded research
  • non-commercial research
  • research regulation, governance and compliance
  • research information systems and statistical services
  • patient and public involvement

Click on the links below to find out more about our teams and staff members.

If you are a patient or a member of the public and would like to find out more about our research, please contact us at


Laura Henderson

Role: Research development manager
Telephone: 0207 352 8121 ext. 2107 

Laura’s current role is primarily in grant and fellowship mentorship for all active Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals researchers. She also leads a communication team which broadcasts Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals successes in research. 

Laura began working in an NHS research and development environment in 2004 as a trials coordinator and has since taken up various roles covering trial management and research governance. With a background in biochemistry, she is also undertaking an MSc in clinical research.

Zahra Aden

Role: Research development associate
Telephone: 020 7351 8575

Zahra works on grant development and is the lead for research communications at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals. Her role involves working closely with researchers on partner-led grants and promoting research activity via various mediums.

She is also the lead for patient and public involvement (PPI) for research, with over a decade of experience in managing and facilitating patient groups, providing a platform for researchers to discuss their research with patients and the public. 

Zahra holds a bachelors degree in Biomedical Sciences and a masters degree in Public Health.

Patrik Pettersson

Role: Research business manager
Telephone: 0207 351 8736

Patrik leads a team of three in the non-commercial team who advise investigators and their teams about research governance, NIHR processes, compliance and other research-related issues including financing and contracts. 

He has several years of experience in research governance and before Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals he worked in various large London NHS trusts including Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and University College London Hospitals. 

Susana Pina

Role: Clinical research facilitator
Telephone: 0207 351 8574

Susana’s current role is in study set up, governance review, costings and contracts, as well as supporting the delivery and recruitment of industry-sponsored research studies. 

Since 2010, Susana has worked within the NHS in a variety of roles including feasibility studies, non-commercial research contracts and management of participant recruitment data in different research and development environments.  

Educated to a master’s level at Goldsmiths College, Susana also regularly attends meetings, seminars and training relevant to clinical research as well as research and development.

Hamida Ali

Role: Clinical research facilitator
Telephone: 0207 352 8121 ext 2336

Nahid Samer Shaikh

Role: Clinical research facilitator

Nahid's role as a clinical research facilitator is to support the successful delivery of research across our hospitals, as well as assisting the research team with the set up and management of new studies.

Jade John

Jade's role is to support the management team with administrative duties, as well as maintaining the general office supplies.

Role: Research administrator
Telephone: 0207 351 8831

Ira Jakupovic

Role: Head of research governance and regulatory compliance
Telephone: 0207 351 8109

Ira is primarily responsible for the set up and maintenance of the quality management system (QMS) to ensure appropriate oversight, management and administration of clinical research at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals. 

Ira provides advice to all researchers initiating Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals-sponsored clinical trials of investigational medicinal products (CTIMPs). She assists with:

  • writing study protocols
  • negotiating study-wide contracts
  • obtaining ethics and regulatory approvals
  • compliance with regulatory requirements.

Ira is responsible for audit and monitoring of all clinical research at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals. She is supported by the Clinical Research Oversight Committee (Clin-ROC) which oversees clinical delivery of research within Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals. Ira holds a BSc in biochemistry and microbiology, and an MSc in molecular biology.

Ryan Jones

Role: Tissue governance manager
Telephone: 0207 351 8709

Ryan works within the quality and safety team to oversee high-level compliance with the Human Tissue Authority’s (HTA) licensing requirements and tissue governance frameworks. 

He ensures that relevant statutory and regulatory requirements across all licensable sectors are met, and issues are resolved in a timely manner. 

Ryan is a former biomedical scientist, who has also worked in research and the private sector, and is experienced in working to Human Tissue Authority (HTA), Clinical Pathology Accreditation (CPA), ISO manufacturing and Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) regulations.

Veronica Tudor

Role: Trial manager
Telephone: 0330 128 8854

Veronica has a scientific background and before starting her current role she worked in the European Medicine Agency’s pharmacovigilance department and as clinical research associate at a Contract Research Organisation (CRO) specialising in central nervous system research.

She was previously the Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals' regulatory compliance officer, responsible for the monitoring of all Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals-sponsored studies, ensuring that they were conducted, recorded and reported in accordance with good clinical practice and applicable regulatory requirements.

Veronica’s current role is as Trial Manager.

Peter Lloyd

Role: Research information and systems manager
Telephone: 0207 351 8773 

Peter has been a technical IT specialist in the healthcare sector, primarily in the NHS, since 1995. His expertise lies in identifying and creating systems solutions which include:

  • database design and development
  • internet and extranet implementation
  • application security. 

He is responsible for all information management systems used in the research office and manages the research sections of the intranet and extranet.

Winston Banya

Role: Statistician 
Telephone: 0207 352 8121 ext. 3384  

Winston, who has an MSc in medical statistics, joined Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals in 2008 as medical statistician. 

He worked previously at MRC Laboratories in the Gambia (West Africa) and at Imperial College, London. Winston is heavily involved in the design and analysis of Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals studies. 

He has contributed to the publication of several important scientific papers in reputable journals and also provides teaching, in collaboration with Imperial College's NHLI staff. 

Contact Winston for statistical services early in the design and planning phase of new studies or to support the analysis of research projects.

Geraldine Sloane

Role: Interim Head of Research Workforce
Telephone: 0330 128 8815

Geraldine is a registered nurse with a critical care background and has worked in clinical research for over 25 years.  She spent 8 years working within the clinical pharmacology division of a major pharmaceutical company, and 8 years working on early phase clinical trials for a CRO managing the clinical operations and business operations teams.  She returned to the NHS in 2009 working in a variety of research roles.  

Geraldine joined Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals in 2012, initially as manager of the cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit, and currently manages the research delivery team at Royal Brompton hospital and Harefield hospital.