Contact our R&D office
The R&D Office is dedicated to supporting the delivery of our research strategy. The team is involved throughout the life-cycle of research projects undertaken by, with and on behalf of NHSBT.
For more information about our R&D projects or to make an enquiry, please contact:
Dr Nick Watkins
Assistant Director - Research and Development
Nick joined NHSBT as Assistant Director – Research and Development in June 2011 to provide strategic leadership to our extensive programme of R&D. Prior to joining NHSBT he worked at the Department of Health supporting the work of the Government’s advisory committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO). Whilst in this role he helped develop safety policies relating to transfusion and transplantation transmitted infections. Nick has a DPhil in Antibody Engineering from the University of York, an MBA from the University of Cambridge and has published over 80 scientific papers in a broad range of fields. In 2002 he received the Jean Julliard Prize from the International Society of Blood Transfusion for his work characterising antibodies to blood cells.
National Research Manager
Yomi joined the R&D Office in July 2017 as our National Research Manager. Yomi graduated from the University of Westminster with a BSc degree in Biomedical Science as well as a Masters in Cellular Pathology. She started work as a Biomedical Scientist in Neuropathology at Kings College Hospital before moving on to managing Stroke and HIV Clinical Trials at Kings College London. Outside of work, Yomi is completing a part-time Doctorate in Clinical Research at the University of Exeter. Alongside this she is also responsible for supporting NHSBT’s world-renowned R&D programme and developing a work plan that manages multiple, complex projects relating to improved management of NHSBT R&D Strategy.
R&D Information Analyst
Greg first joined NHSBT in the summer of 2008 as a temp archivist at our Southmead site. He became part of our R&D team along with the move over to our current site at Filton. Greg has an array of skilled experience in using Excel, in handling Visual Basic for application and database software, and is currently mastering MS Flow and Power BI. Greg is responsible for all things technological in our team, including data collection and storage, and capital purchase facilitation.
R&D Administrator / Information Analyst
Alice joined the R&D Office as R&D Administrator in January 2018 after completing her BSc Psychology degree at the University of the West of England. She will also be acting as the R&D Information Analyst alongside Greg as part of her recent secondment. Alice provides administrative support to the team with tasks ranging from managing queries, organising meetings, data entries, and liaising with other departments. She also acts as secretary for NHSBT’s recently established LGBT+ Steering Group. Alice looks forward to expanding her knowledge in clinical trial monitoring and aiding her fellow colleagues in the realms of Twitter.
Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Officer
Lucy graduated from the University of Bath in 2010 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry with Management, and from the University of Bristol in February 2018 with a MSc in Transfusion and Transplantation Sciences. She joined the R&D office in March 2018, as the Patient & Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) Officer, and is responsible for the management of the NHSBT Patient and Public Advisory group (PPAG) and helps to link NHSBT Researchers and lay members together. Lucy first joined NHSBT in January 2012, as a senior healthcare technical officer for the Hospital Services Department. She moved to the R&D department in November 2014 as a research assistant, and during that time was instrumental in compiling decades of research, writing and preparing for submission the Investigational Medicinal Products Dossier as part of the clinical trial application for the RESTORE trial.
Research Governance Manager
Lucy joined NHSBT in 2019 as a Research Governance Manager in the R&D Office. She graduated from the University of the West of England with a BSc degree in Psychology and then an MSc in Health Psychology. Lucy started her career in research working for the Health Research Authority with the ethics committees, before moving on to work with the approval/governance team. At NHSBT, Lucy is assisting in delivering NHSBT’s process for assessing research sponsorship applications and overseeing research undertaken according to the UK Policy Framework for Social Care Research. She is also responsible for processing student research applications as well as being the point of contact for the research passport scheme.