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Wessex AHSN - Wessex Academic Health Sciences Network

Wessex CRN - Wessex Clinical Research Network 

Phil is Chair of Research Active Dorset and the lead director for Dorset’s integrated care system (ICS), he is a member of the system leadership team (SLT), partnership board and clinical reference group (CRG), and is Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) on planning, strategy, research, innovation and digital for the system. In the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Phil’s responsibility include clinical design, commissioning, system integration and partnerships. His career spans the pharmaceutical, molecular biology, biotechnology and digital industries before joining the NHS in 2014. He is an applied biologist by background, a chartered scientist and chartered biologist. His current research interests are biological modelling in systems thinking (biomimetics).

Dr Derek Sandeman is the Medical Director at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.
Derek was appointed to the Trust as a consultant physician in 1993 and went on to develop a regional endocrine service. Throughout his career he has had extensive clinical leadership experience, most recently serving eight years as clinical director. Derek’s leadership roles have also included programme director for postgraduate education and the Wessex Endocrine Royal College representative. He has a strong history of wider system engagement, working collaboratively with partners to improve systems resilience and pathways. 

Alison Richardson is Clinical Professor of Cancer Nursing & End of Life Care, Director of ARC Wessex and Southampton Academy of Research and an NIHR Senior Investigator. 

Alison took the role of Director of ARC Wessex in 2018 and became the Clinical Professor of Cancer Nursing and End of Life Care in 2009. She has a joint role with the University of Southampton and Southampton General Hospital, with the aim of promoting evidence-based cancer, palliative and end of life care.

In 2016 she was appointed director of the Southampton Academy of Research to support health professionals wishing to pursue a research career.

Dr David Kryl is the ARC Lead for Implementation a role he holds jointly as the Director of the Centre for Implementation Science, for the Wessex Academic Health Science Network. 

David’s career has revolved around strategy, performance and project management in complex environments. He received his Ph.D. from the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University and supplemented this with an economics degree from the University of London. He has a particular interest in using clinical, health services and management evidence to improve clinical outcomes for patients.

David previously held a dual role as Head of Business Intelligence at the National Institute for Health Research and Research Leader in the RAND Europe Innovation and Technology Policy team.

Christine is the Operational  and Finance Lead for ARC Wessex and Director of Research and Development at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

Christine joined University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust in 2006, a key part of the Trust’s newly established 2020 vision to become a world class clinical academic centre of excellence. Her role on the Joint Research Strategy Board and in key University of Southampton strategic bodies has been critical to ensuring alignment and growth of clinical and academic research in Southampton.

Dedicated to ensuring that clinical research thrives in the NHS, UK academic and industry sectors, Christine moved into research management in 2003 following a career in research nursing, completing her Masters by Research with the University of Bristol. 

Richard Trowbridge is a Chartered Management Accountant with over 15 years' experience in Finance and Resources, and Research Grant administration. Richard is responsible for the strategic development, operational delivery, financial management and governance of the ARC programme. Richard has worked at the University of Southampton for over ten years as a Head of Finance, predominantly in NHS facing roles, overseeing both education and research funding streams, with the Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and other departments at the University. Prior to the university, Richard worked at HSBC in a strategic planning role.

Bill is an experienced health manager who had worked at board level in health organisations in the UK and overseas for the last 18 years.

Bill joined the AHSN in 2016, following a period leading specialised commissioning for NHS England South and two years working on Qatar’s primary healthcare strategy

Professor Saul Faust is Professor of Paediatric Immunology and Infectious Diseases within Medicine at the University of Southampton.

Professor Faust is currently Chair of the UK NIHR Medicines for Children Clinical Specialty Group Chairs' Forum and the Clinical Speciality Group for Allergy, Infectious Diseases and Immunity.  He is Wessex Clinical Research Network Specialty Lead for Paediatrics and co-Director of the South Central Children’s Research Network (SoCCR).

Caroline works to increase, improve and embed patient and public involvement activities in our research, working closely with the public and researchers.

Before taking on this role, Caroline completed a PhD in basic breast cancer biology at the University of Southampton. During this time she gained experience delivering public engagement activities, and continues to play a leading role in the Pint of Science festival, which delivers talks on the latest scientific research for the public in the comfort of their local pub. 


Cynthia Russell has a Masters Degree in IT from the University of Southampton and has worked in research as a contributor for over 10 years, supporting projects examining dementia and healthy ageing.

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Richard Samuel is the leader of  the Hampshire and the Isle of Wight sustainability and transformation plan footprint. Prior to this he was the chief officer of both NHS Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Eastern Hampshire CCG.

Before being chief officer for the CCGs, he was Director of Strategic Planning and Corporate Affairs at Hampshire Primary Care Trust (PCT). He also served as Divisional General Manager for the Wessex Renal and Transplant Service, as Assistant Chief Executive for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Strategic Health Authority, and as Deputy Chief Executive for North Hampshire and Blackwater Valley and Hart PCTs.

Simon is Dean-Designate of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing and leads the Health and Wellbeing Research Group.

Simon is a Sport and Exercise Physiologist known for his work in the field of cycling science. Simon has published research findings in many areas related to cycling performance including efficiency, allometric scaling and the ecological validity of laboratory testing.

Simon is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Sports Sciences, a Section Editor for the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine and sits on the Editorial Boards of Sports and the Journal of Science and Cycling.

Vanora is Deputy Dean for Research and Professional Practice at Bournemouth University (previously Acting Executive Dean 2018-2019). As Professor of Midwifery and an experienced midwifery researcher, Vanora has led a range of studies in the reproductive health field both in the UK and internationally. She has worked as a nurse and midwife in UK, Hungary and the USA. She is an adviser to the World Health Organisation and serves on a number of international research groups. Vanora is currently a Reproductive Health and Childbirth Specialty Lead for CRN Wessex. She is passionate about research utilisation and believes that researchers must work closely with colleagues in both practice and education to ensure that research is relevant and that it is utilised. Vanora developed and leads Bournemouth University’s innovative Clinical Academic Doctoral Programme.

Professor Sara Demain has been appointed as the new Head of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton following an extensive search.

Professor Demain, who is currently Head of School of Health Professions in the Faculty of Health at the University of Plymouth where she has worked since 2018, will take up her post at Southampton from 1 May 2021.

Professor Demain specialises in neurological rehabilitation and physiotherapy, exploring the broad spectrum of rehabilitation and self-management, including how health services and professionals make patients and their families feel, and also how technology such as apps, games and robots used in patient rehabilitation can be improved for better user experiences and patient outcomes.

Sherria Hoskins is Executive Dean in the Faculty of Science at the University of Portsmouth.

Sherria leads Growing Learners, a group of education research psychologists, who work directly with schools and parents to support them to improve childrens’ aspirations, expectations and attainment using evidence based practice.

After completing a PhD Sherria worked as a Research Assistant at the Human Assessment Laboratory (University of Plymouth),  Educational Consultant for Plymouth University's Educational Development Services and Lectured on an open access, flexible learning psychology degree in the Educational Studies Department at University of Surrey. Before moving to Portsmouth she worked as a Senior Research Fellow examining predictors of achievement in nationally examined professional courses (funded by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development).

Sue Hill is Head of Workforce Transformation at Health Education England

Sue has been an Executive Director for 10 years. Her Executive roles have included Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director. Sue was appointed to lead Solent NHS Trust as Chief Executive in September 2014.

Sue trained as a nurse in the Royal Navy. During her 16 year military career, she worked in both primary and secondary care, including spending five months on board a hospital ship during the 1990 Gulf War Conflict. Sue was a trained critical care nurse for a number of years, and after completing a BSc in Infection Prevention at the University of Hertfordshire, joined the NHS in 2002 to become a Nurse Consultant in Infection Prevention. Sue has developed a management and leadership portfolio that includes attending Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, and gaining Masters level Management and Leadership qualifications at the University of Southampton.

Alex started her career in operational management at ExxonMobil’s Fawley Oil Refinery and holds an engineering degree from Cambridge University. After 13 years at Exxon, Alex moved to the NHS.

Her first NHS role was at North Hampshire Hospital in 2005 and during her time there she covered areas as diverse as project management, governance, productivity and operational management of the Emergency Division. She went on to become chief operating officer at Winchester Hospital.  From 2012 to 2017 Alex was chief operating officer for Solent NHS Trust which provides community based physical and mental health services in Southampton, Portsmouth and parts of Hampshire.  She became chief executive of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2017.

Alastair is Medical Director for Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. In July 2018 he moved from Manchester Royal Infirmary, where he was Clinical Head of Division for Specialist Medicine and Clinical Professor of Kidney Medicine (University of Manchester). He has worked in clinical leadership roles in Manchester for over 15 years, including being Clinical Director for Renal Medicine, the Royal College Tutor in Medicine, Associate Clinical Head of the Division of Medicine, and most recently the Clinical Head for Specialist Medicine. He has clinically supervised the development and introduction of new IT systems as well as having a major interest in infection control.

Ruth Williamson, Deputy Medical Director, University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust