Co. Director, Dr John Schofield
Qualified St. George's Medical School London 1981 M.B. B.S., MRCPath 1990, F.R.C.Path 1997.
Appointed as Consultant Pathologist, Maidstone Hospital in 1994 after training at Royal Marsden Hospital and Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital.
Lead for Research and Development, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, 2004 to 2011
Co-Director, Kent and Medway Comprehensive Local Research Network, 2011 - present
Long-standing interest in tumour pathology including both diagnostic and research aspects. Particular interests in lymphoma pathology, gastrointestinal pathology, breast pathology, and head and neck pathology . Actively involved in a range of research projects within MTW and wider NHS, with over 70 published peer reviewed articles and six chapters in textbooks. Member of the editorial panel of a number of medical journals.
Core Team Members
Core team for the CLRN is based at Gillingham Business Park.
Heather Gillham, Senior Manager
Heather is a Chartered Chemist and worked as an analytical chemist and Project Manager within new drug development departments in the Pharmaceutical Industry.After 22 years with Wellcome, GlaxoWellcome and GSK, Heather joined the NHS in 2003. Starting as the R&D Manager for Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, Heather progressed to managing a local research governance consortium, before transferring to the Research Network in 2008.
“It is very rewarding to see the growth in clinical research in the NHS in Kent and Medway. It is really important to open opportunities for our patients and our clinicians to get involved with research. It is good to be able to contribute to the progress of healthcare and the development of new treatment options addressing unmet medical needs”
Ruth Hulbert, Lead Nurse and Workforce Manager
Ruth is a qualified nurse and Midwife. After several years working in a variety of specialties within the NHS, she joined the pharmaceutical industry as a Research Nurse, initially for Wellcome then GSK and Pfizer. After 11 years, Ruth returned to the NHS as a Clinical Trials Practitioner for the then newly formed Kent & Medway Cancer Research Network. Based in East Kent, Ruth was involved in the set up of the Oncology Solid Tumour team, where she remained as Team Leader for 5 years. In 2008, Ruth joined the CLRN as Lead RM&G Manager and in 2010, was seconded to the role of Lead Nurse to manage the development of the CLRN delivery team in Kent & Medway.
"There has never been a more exciting and challenging time to be working in research. I feel privileged to be part of something which can impact so positively on healthcare and on the lives of individual patients.”
Other members of the Core Team are:
Ian Akers, Portfolio Manager.
Hazel Crawford, RM&G Manager.
James Porreca, Industry Manager.
James Pearson, Information Manager.
The Executive Groups assists the Clinical Director with the management of the CLRN. The members of the Kent and Medway CLRN Executive Group are:
Dr Saad Rassam, Secondary Care
Dr Edmund Lamb, Renal Specialty Group
Dr Helen Miles, Mental Health
Executive Group Meetings
7th January, 2014
4th February, 2014
4th March, 2014