Meet the team
Senior Research Management
Professor Ben Burton: Clinical Research & Development Director
Professor Ben Burton became Clinical Director for Research and Development at the James Paget in 2015.
He is an ophthalmology consultant and is involved in research looking at better treatments for Wet AMD, Dry AMD and diabetic retinopathy as well as new ways to monitor these conditions at home and to detect them earlier.
Karen Eade: Head of Research & Development
I joined the JPUH R&D Department in 2008 as the Trust’s first R&D Coordinator when there was only one other staff member and two part-time bank research nurses. Since then the department has grown significantly and now has 25 full and part-time staff.
I became Head of Research in 2015. I started my working life as a lab technician working for a commercial company manufacturing in-vitro diagnostics and from there career development took me into regulatory affairs within the medical devices, pharmaceutical and contract research sectors. I have also worked in a regulatory capacity within Mental Health.
My role is to ensure that the team meets it’s Trust and Research Network objectives, manage our budget, look for areas to generate income and provide support and encouragement to all staff that want to get involved in research, as well as the management of the department’s staff.
Training and development is also part of my role - I am an NIHR GCP (Good Clinical Practice) Facilitator and am a member of the steering committee and teach on the Essentials of Clinical Research course run by CRN Eastern. I also teach a session on the UEA Fundamentals of Clinical Research Course and, most recently, I facilitated at the CRNE Advanced Research In Practice Course.
Karen is based in the Burrage Centre (works Monday-Thursday). Karen’s email address is email@example.com and telephone number is 01493 453397.
Sarah Daniels - Research Management Co-ordinator
I joined the trust in 1999, having previously worked at the Ipswich Hospital. Then, in 2016, I joined the James Paget R&D department, in the role of R&D facilitator. I have various qualifications in administration, previously worked in the roles of Medical Secretary for Prof. Ben Burton, and then went on to become a Medical Secretary Manager.
My role involves managing the R&D office and facilitating clinical trials.
Fun fact; 'I have two cats named Dolly and Dave and I am an active member of ‘The Rock Choir’.
Sarah is based in the Burrage Centre (works Tuesday-Friday, and every second Monday). Sarah’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and her telephone number is 01493 453120.
Clinical Management Team
Helen Sutherland - Senior Clinical Research Nurse
I joined JPUH in 2001 and have worked in emergency theatre for 16 years, covering all specialities and disease areas; I had a particular interest in obstetrics. I joined the research team in 2017 as a Research Support Nurse working on observational research studies in gastroenterology and neurology. I was promoted to Clinical Research Nurse in 2019 and my work focused on gastroenterology where we built a large portfolio of interventional, commercial and other studies for our local patient population.
I was promoted to Senior Clinical Research Nurse in 2021 and am continuing working on gastroenterology studies.
Helen splits her time between the Burrage Centre and the Multispecialty Office (works Monday-Friday). Helen’s email address is email@example.com and her telephone number is 01493 453878.
Amanda Ayers - Senior Clinical Research Nurse
I first joined the James Paget University Hospital in 1987 as a student nurse and qualified in 1991. In 2016, I took on the role as full time Research Nurse for East Coast Community Healthcare where I assisted four GP surgeries to become research active. In 2018, I took on the role as flexible workforce research nurse for CRN Eastern.
Recently I have joined the JPUH as a full time Clinical Trial Research Nurse working on renal and cancer studies. I was promoted to Senior Clinical Research nurse in 2021 and am continuing to work on Renal studies.
I have a background in Renal and Primary care and worked for seven years as a Nurse Practioner in Primary Care.
Amanda is based in the Burrage Centre (works Tuesday-Friday). Amanda’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and her telephone number is 01493 453878
Research Management Team
Helen Hall - Research Grants Advisor
I joined JPUH R&D from the East of England Ambulance service NHS Trust in June 2018, taking the position of research grants advisor. My role includes developing and encouraging home grown research and supporting grant applications for NIHR and other funding streams. I'm a CLAHRC fellow 2018, HCPC registered paramedic and CAHPR committee member.
Fun fact: I am a massive fan of Jessica Fletcher and Columbo.
Helen is based in the Burrage Centre (Monday-Friday). Helen’s email address is email@example.com and her telephone number is 01493 453478.
Sophie Cook - Research Study and Recruitment Facilitator
I joined the JPUH Research Team in July 2019, and I graduated from the UEA in the same year with a degree in Politics and Media. In previous jobs, I worked in customer care and complaints and before that, I was Woody Bear at Pleasurewood Hills!
My fun fact is that I played for Norwich City FC for five years as a child.
Sophie is based in the Burrage Centre (works Monday-Wednesday & Friday). Sophie’s email address is Sophie.Cook@jpaget.nhs.uk and telephone number is 01493 453113.
Rhia Morley - Research Administrator
I joined the department in 2016 as the Research & Development Administrator, but have been in the NHS since 2010 after completing an NVQ Apprenticeship in Business Administration and studying Health and Social care.
My background is working within the public sector in Sexual Health and Contraception. I love the variety that Research offers. My fun fact would be that I'm a 'Friends' fanatic.
Rhia is based in the Burrage Centre (works Tuesday-Friday). Rhia’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and her telephone number is 01493 453113.
Lisa Johnson - Clinic Administrator for Siren Study/ Research Accountant
I joined the Research and Development department in November 2020. I originally was helping the Siren study clinic as a receptionist for two days but was given the opportunity to be administrator full time after a couple of months and I am loving the challenges that I have been given and also meeting NHS staff through the study.
Originally I worked in travel from 1991, this included working for Virgin Atlantic Airlines and then going on to the Business Marine and Offshore Travel sector but I must say my travel days are well and truly behind me and Research and Development is my next journey!
My fun fact is that I am a massive Take That fan and I am that woman making sure she is at the front of the stage!!
Lisa splits her time between the Burrage Centre and the Multispecialty Office (works Monday-Friday). Lisa`s email address is Lisa.Johnson@jpaget.nhs.uk and telephone number is 01493 453736.
Lisa has recently been appointed as the new Research Accountant, and will split her time between that and the Siren Study support role.
Cancer Research Team
Wendy Harrison - Cancer Clinical Research Nurse
I joined JPUH R&D in November 2016 after ten years as a chemotherapy nurse on Ward 17. I have also spent some time as a Resuscitation Officer. My role as a clinical research nurse involves approaching patients to join a clinical trial, which could be a drug trials or a questionnaire. I then follow the patients through their research journey.
My current focus of interest is setting up research nurse led clinics for our Oncology patients.
Wendy is based in the Burrage Centre (works Monday-Thursday). Wendy’s email address is Wendy.Harrison@jpaget.nhs.uk and her telephone number is 01493 453492.
Amy Garrod - Data Manager
I joined the James Paget R&D Department in June 2016 in the role of Data Manager for Cancer Research. I have a BSc in Animal Behaviour and previously worked in the roles of Down’s Syndrome Screening Assistant and Pathology Project Coordinator at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.
My role involves submitting paper and electronic data collected for Haematology & Oncology trials, answering data queries, maintaining investigator site files, archiving, and acting as an EDGE Administrator for the wider R&D team.
I live at home with my two children, partner, our two cats and two dogs!
Lisa Hudig - Cancer Clinical Research Nurse
Multi Specialty Nursing Team
Jane Woods - Multi-speciality Nurse
My first two research studies were in 2002 and 2006 when I was in Coronary Care Unit.
I joined Research full time in 2010. My background is in Cardiology and ENT and I now work full time running ENT studies across the Trust. I completed a Research in Practice degree module and regularly support ENT teaching regionally for CRN Eastern.
Jane is based in the multi-speciality office in the Clinical Research Facility (works Monday, Tuesday, Thursday). Jane’s email address is email@example.com and her telephone number is 01493 453629.
Christian Hacon - Multi-speciality Nurse
I’ve worked within the Research team since 2014 focusing mainly on Stroke, Neurology and Dermatology studies.
I have also worked on studies in critical care, diabetes and gastroenterology. I work in partnership with the consultants and specialist stroke nurses of the stroke ward in setting up studies, screening and recruiting participants.
Previously I worked as a Renal Nurse in the Renal Unit within the Trust and I am also a Health & Wellbeing champion for the Trust.
Christian is based in the multi-speciality office in the Clinical Research Facility (works Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday). Christian’s email address is Christian.Hacon@jpaget.nhs.uk and telephone number is 01493 453439.
Katherine Mackintosh - Multi-speciality Nurse
I joined JPUH in 2016 having been part of the NHS since 1994. I have worked in trauma and orthopaedics; infection control and ophthalmology and I have a particular interest in the use of external fixation devices and in tissue viability.
I joined the research team in 2016 as an ophthalmology research nurse working on observational and interventional studies in age related macular degeneration and glaucoma.
I am now based within the Multi-speciality team where my work is focused on rheumatology and peri operative care. I am also currently the Covid study lead.
Katherine is based in the multi-speciality office in the Clinical Research Facility (works Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday). Katherine’s email address is Katherine.Mackintosh@jpaget.nhs.uk and her telephone number is 01493 452744.
Julie North - Multi-speciality Nurse
I joined the James Paget in 2003 and have specialised in critical care working as an ICU Nurse, Critical Care Outreach Sister and ICU Sister before joining the research team in the summer of 2017. In the role of a multi-disciplinary Research Nurse, I have led on studies in a variety of areas, including ICU. From July 2019, I am excited to undertake a dual role, leading on research in ICU and a management position as a Senior Sister in ICU. I am looking forward to my new roles enhancing research activity and opportunities for patients, families and staff. This is with the aim of improving patient outcomes and wellbeing of patients, families and staff.
Julie is based in the multi-speciality office in the Clinical Research Facility (works one day a week in research). Julie’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Darylile Guledew—Ophthalmology Research Nurse
Darylile currently supports Ophthalmology Research. Darylile also supports orthopedics, colorectal surgery studies and peri-operative care.
Darylile is based in the multi-speciality office in the Clinical Research Facility (works Monday & Wednesday-Friday). Darylile’s email address is Darylile.Guledew@jpaget.nhs.uk and her telephone number is 01493 453607.
Thrusha Jain—Research Nurse
Ophthalmology Research Team
Emma Stimpson - Opthalmology Research Co-ordinator
My name is Emma Stimpson and I have worked at the James Paget Hospital for 25 years in various departments.
I started on the maternity ward giving out Bounty Packs and photographing new born babies. I then worked on the elective orthopaedic ward for a few years before moving to ophthalmology.
I have worked in ophthalmology for 10 years and ophthalmology research for over six years. We have undertaken many studies and had great success with recruitment, often exceeding targets.
Emma is based in the ophthalmology research office in the Clinical Research Facility (works Tuesday-Friday). Emma’s email address is Emma.Stimpson@jpaget.nhs.uk and her telephone number is 01493 453856.
Rebecca Dingwall - Research and Development Administrative Apprentice
I joined the JPUH Research Team in October 2020 and I'm currently completing an intermediate apprentice business administration level 3. My job role includes administration tasks such as taking minutes, filing and ordering stationery and I complete East Coast College assignments as part of the apprenticeship.
Rebecca is based in the ophthalmology research office in the Clinical Research Facility (works Monday-Friday). Rebecca’s email address is Rebecca.Dingwall@jpaget.nhs.uk and her telephone number is 01493 453607.
Pharmacy Clinical Trials Team
Judith Smith - Pharmacy Clinical Trials Technician
After working in community pharmacy for 12 years, I joined the JPUH in 2003 in the Pharmacy department as a Pharmacy Technician. I started working as a Clinical Trials Technician in 2008 alongside working in the pharmacy department.
I have been involved in many studies over 11 years. It is a role which I enjoy, as it is nice to be involved with the research team.
Judith is based in the pharmacy department (works Monday-Tuesday & Thursday-Friday). Judith’s email address is email@example.com and her telephone number is 01493 453273.
Sam Fisher - Pharmacist
Paediatric Research Team
Lynsey Felton - Paediatric Research Nurse
I joined the JPUH Research Team in August 2017 as a Paediatric Clinical Research Nurse, a job share with Donna Griffiths.
I had previously worked in the JPUH as a Paediatric Staff Nurse on the Children’s Ward since September 2000, and still have regular shifts there as well.
Since being in post we have made the paediatric department more aware of research, now commencing our third peanut desensitisation study, commencing our second diabetic study and being part of the UK Childhood ITP Registry with lots more studies coming our way.
Lynsey is based on the ground floor in Southside (works Monday-Tuesday & Thursday-Friday). Lynsey’s email address is Lynsey.Felton@jpaget.nhs.uk and her telephone number is 01493 452682.
Donna Griffiths - Paediatric Research Nurse
I qualified as a paediatric nurse in 2001. I have worked on the Children’s Ward here at JPUH since then, and branched into paediatric research in August 2017. Alongside my colleague Lynsey Felton, we organise the set up and running of a number of paediatric studies across all specialities. By integrating both of these roles, my aim is to deliver the very best healthcare for children and their families.
Donna is based on the ground floor in Southside (works Tuesday-Friday). Donna’s email address is Donna.Griffiths@jpaget.nhs.uk and her telephone number is 01493 452682.