Meet the Team


Thom Lafferty, Deputy Chief Executive

What is your role?

I deputise for Jo Farrar as our organisational Chief Executive and also hold the role of Director of Strategy- a multi-faceted directorate that includes KHFT’s R&D team!

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I most enjoy the diversity of the work that I am engaged with and of the people that I work with. No single day is the same. My Director portfolio is fundamentally about how we can transform our clinical services to drive improvement, both for the benefit of our local populations and staff. With this, comes innovation, quality improvement and hopefully, inspiration!

 Why did you join the Research team?

The Research team joined my directorate a few months ago as part of an Executive review of portfolios. I am delighted that research sits within my directorate- research will play a key role in our strategic ambition to THRIVE and I see research as a major vehicle through which we can innovate and improve. I am committed to making clinical research part of ‘how we do things around here’, making it core to our way of operating.



Dr Amanda Davis (Ph.D.), Head of Research Governance and Delivery.

What is your role?

I am responsible for all aspects of R&D activity throughout the trust, including strategic and operational management, the delivery of high-quality research, development and delivery of the R&D strategy, stakeholder liaison and internal and external communications.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Working in Clinical Research gives you a unique opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives. Working towards not only saving lives but improving the quality of life for people, this makes a career in this field extremely rewarding. Research allows you to try out new ideas, meet interesting people and take part in engaging discussions.

 Why did you join the Research team?

I have worked in several roles within the NHS specifically research over the last 16 years, from coordinating phase1 to 5 trials, being a trial manager for a multi-Centre study, acting as the pharmacovigilance coordinator for sponsored trials to working in research operational management, with most of my career working in specialised disciplines. In Oct 2022 I was very excited to join Kingston Hospital to further my career and integrate research into all aspects of clinical care and all specialties.
I am honoured to be part of such a talented, dedicated, fun and motivated team. I am proud of the incredible work that we have achieved together. I look forward to continuing to expand research across the trust, to embed research as ‘core business’ within all clinical specialties.


Dr. Roshni Molls, (Ph.D.), Deputy Head of Research Governance and Delivery

What is your role?

I have an exciting and varied role that encompasses both research studies setup and delivery. I am involved in oversight of Research Governance, team management, portfolio management. I work alongside clinicians and non-clinicians in all specialities/areas of the Trust. I am also the EDI lead for Research and work with the SWL CRN on promoting EDI in research trials. I also work with my senior manager in various new and exciting areas of collaborations with various stakeholders – GP partners, community care partners, Universities, commercial companies etc.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I have always been passionate about research and enjoy working with patients and multidisciplinary colleagues. I have been involved in research since 1997. I completed my Ph.D. in nutrition from the Penn State University (USA) in 2003. My doctoral work focussed on nutrition, immune function and aging. I also trained in statistics for biological sciences and nutritional epidemiology research.

I completed two post-doctoral positions (at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Technical University of Munich) which enhanced my knowledge of immunology research. I moved to the UK in 2007 and worked in various research positions (UCL – Hepatology and King’s College Hospital – Cardiology). Research for me was not only about my passion of basic research, ‘bench to bedside’, and working with patients but also about traveling the world and learning from wonderful teams in various institutions.

I made a shift from research to the business side in 2013 when I started working at Kingston Hospital. Initially, I gained experience in various non-clinical roles which gave me a great insight into the operational aspects in the NHS, and day to day workings of the Trust. In 2019, I strengthened my skills with the completion of a Master’s in Healthcare Management from Kingston University Business School. I joined the research team at KH in 2020 as a research practitioner and worked on a varied portfolio of studies from set up to archiving. I have enjoyed my progress into a senior role in the department. I am excited to be a part of a dynamic research team with an ever-expanding research portfolio that enables me to work with colleagues across all services, as well as many external stakeholders.


Rosaleen Herdman-Grant, Senior Clinical Research Practitioner

What is your role?

I am primarily research lead in IBD, Stroke and ICU studies alongside other smaller specialities.

My role involves everything from opening and supporting new studies to closing/archiving others and just about everything in between!

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy working closely with different clinical teams and patients on units, wards, and outpatient clinics.   

Why did you join the Research team?

After over 20 years in the NHS, my lead research role in the RECOVERY study during the pandemic enabled me to see at accelerated speed how high-quality research can improve and save patient lives. I now hope that outside of a pandemic, this level of research into evidence-based care will become the norm in all areas and departments.


Muqsith Rasool, Research Governance Facilitator

What is your role?

My role as a research governance facilitator is to support the set up of commercial and non-commercial research and coordinate the approval process for study amendments, contract reviews and Trust sponsored studies, whilst adhering to ICH Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and Trust policies. I am the main point of contact for communication between the clinical research departments, research support staff and trial sponsors with regards to research study set up and ongoing delivery.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Working on new ideas, improving services & treatments and contributing towards human welfare is something I enjoy most about my role. I enjoy interacting with people and part of my job is to interact with people at different levels of the organisation and external organisations. I enjoy working with my colleagues as they are very kind and respectful. It helps me in being more productive.

Why did you join the Research team?

It’s a great opportunity for me to keep learning, gain more knowledge and experience and to excel to a point where I can take on more responsibilities. I enjoy working in a team environment as you learn a lot by collaborating with other team members. Working towards a big common goal with your team members is something special. I can use my skills and abilities and add a lot of value to the Research team. It feels great when you are able to provide a valuable contribution not just to your team and organisation but towards human welfare.


Isabel Bradley, Senior Research Nurse

What is your role?

On a day to day basis, I identify, screen and assess patient’s eligibility to take part in the various studies I currently work on, provide them information about those studies and receive their informed consent, when appropriate. I ensure study-specific investigations are undertaken and questionnaires completed.


The role of a research nurse is complex, exciting, and interesting. Research nurses are at the forefront of new developments in treatments for their patients. Day to day, the role of a research nurse may vary, as they hold numerous responsibilities. These can include:

  • Identifying and screening potential patients
  • Making sure that patients have all the necessary information to allow them to make a fully informed decision about whether they want to participate in a study
  • Ensuring that patients give fully informed consent before they are enrolled in a study
  • Supporting the Principal Investigator (PI) by coordinating the day to day management of research studies
  • Ensuring that the protocol is adhered to
  • Providing on-going support to patients throughout their time as a participant
  • Mentor and support new personnel joining the Research Team
  • Collating data in the form of questionnaires and accurately entering study data

What do you enjoy most about your job?

My knowledge of Research prior to joining the Research Team in July 2017 at Kingston was limited but has given me a new direction in my nursing career integrating and changing practice. This role offers the opportunity to work in varied projects and develop good relationships and working in close collaboration with external partners and multidisciplinary teams.

I enjoy the flexibility, autonomy and innovation that my role allows me to have. I also appreciate the time that I get to spend with patients, and quite often getting to know them well.

Why did you join the Research team?

Research is essential. It is the only evidence-based method of deciding whether a new approach to treatment or care is better than the current standard, and is essential to diagnose, treat, prevent, and cure disease. Research nurses play a vital role in delivering research, and ultimately improving patient care.

Having provided me with many opportunities for personal and professional development, I believe the Research and Innovation Department at Kingston provides a great environment to work.


Marian Di Vito, Research Nurse

What is your role?

I am part of the Research Delivery Team and comply with GCP (NIHR) guidelines. As part of my role, I evaluate feasibility of new studies. I also carry out triage and screening of potential participants to ensure effective recruitment.  Furthermore, once the patients have been recruited to the studies, I collect trial Data and ensure that adequate documentation including informed valid consent has been recorded. In addition, I carry out participants’ study follow ups and take part on the studies closures.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy patient contact and obtaining clinical data. I also like working as part of a team and               liaising with other HCP, patients, families, and carers.

Why did you join the Research team?

I joined the team shortly after the Covid-19 pandemic. Nursing delivery and medical care has changed many times throughout the years since I first qualified as a Registered Nurse. The pandemic highlighted the importance of high-quality clinical trial research to implement new treatments and save lives. I believe that research outcomes demonstrate a better way of delivering safe patient care and services for healthcare to move forward.


Maggie Grout, Research Nurse

What is your role?

My background is anaesthetics so my skills and knowledge gained over the years support my research practice. Nevertheless working in research is an on-going learning process which requires further development in order to understand and being able to inform the patients about the trial specifically related issues.

My usual activities include:

  • Preparing study related documents and contacting sponsors and clinicians,
  • Supporting a patient through their treatment as part of a clinical trial,
  • I ensure that the studies I am leading run smoothly and that participant/patients are safe and fully informed,
  • Obtain informed consent; carry out randomisation, ensuring patients understand possible risks and benefits, any extra commitments and their rights prior to entry into any research project. Receive written informed consent as delegated to do so in line with Trust policy and GCP.
  • Responsible for accurate completion of Clinical Report Forms (CRFs), serious/unexpected adverse event reporting and data queries.
  • Maintain adequate patient’s records and ensure all relevant information is documented in the patient’s medical notes and also managing the study database.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I really enjoy being a research nurse as it is giving me an opportunity to widen my knowledge in the various clinical areas, meeting new people and knowing that what we are preparing the foundations for improving patients care and treatments.

 Why did you join the Research team?

I joined research knowing that this is a great source of satisfaction and massive learning opportunities which I have always been keen on.


Rita Fernandes, Research Administrator

What is your role?

My role is to provide administrative support to all R&I team, but most often include tasks such as answering phones, maintaining organized site files, taking minutes, creating reports, assisting the study leads with their studies and data entering and much more.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love the fact we are helping to develop new ways of improve patients illness and also the fact I get to be part of this process by helping screening, entering patient data.

 Why did you join the Research team?

I started my apprenticeship in Research and Innovation department at Kingston Hospital in December 2019. I had never worked in an office environment before as I came from a retail job, after 13 months of working with this lovely team I have learned so much. I am now a qualified administrator and I am keen to see where my research journey will take me and also I want to contribute for the growth and success of the Research and Innovation here in Kingston Hospital.


Mary-Jane, Research Nurse, Oncology Sir William Rous Unit

What is your role?

I worked as a staff nurse at Endoscopy and A&E before going to Clinical Research trials.  I got interested in this field of specialty and wanted to learn further on how research studies are being conducted, new treatment methods, and new drugs.  How they measure efficacy of treatment and ensuring that they are safe for use by the people.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

My first exposure in research was doing phase 1 clinical trials with healthy volunteers for a CRO company.

I eventually moved to oncology research trials and was involved in phase 1-3 studies for drug development, providing chemotherapy treatment to both private and NHS patients

Joined the research team at Marsden and Kingston in 2017, and presently working as Oncology Research Nurse.

 Why did you join the Research team?

It is good to be part of the team and help build research portfolio for both trust as well as being able to help improve patient service.


Helen Morgan, Clinical Research Practitioner

Delivery Lead across the cancer and non-cancer portfolios; currently I lead/deputise on cancer translational research studies and orthopaedic/ physiotherapy/ haematology/ anaesthetics observational studies. I also get involved in patient identification studies.

What is your role?

Contributing to a better health future for society, making participants feel valued and recognising that their individual experiences are valuable in the world of research, interacting with many stakeholders to deliver studies.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Unique nature of each study is interesting and challenging. Working within tight regulation structure is constructive. Interacting with patients is inspiring and worthwhile.

 Why did you join the Research team?

Working amongst a group of people with diverse skill sets and experiences is valuable. Reaching out to all corners of the hospital community can be challenging but is satisfying. Entrusted with autonomy to conduct study activity is empowering. Increase patient interaction skills.


 Anjana Mistry Research Administrator

What is your role?

My role is varied and has several aspects to it which means that I am continuously learning and engaging with different people in the hospital setting. I assist with the administrative duties of the Research Office, but I also help Research Practitioners with obtaining data from patients and clinicians for the studies and collecting, recording, and maintaining the information.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy the variety that the role offers and the fact that I am continuously learning. I particularly enjoy the interaction with colleagues, staff, and patients. Working collaboratively or independently within a good team setting is also very rewarding and an important factor for me.

 Why did you join the Research team?

I joined the Research team because of the learning opportunities and the chance to acquire and build up knowledge, skills, and experience. I also knew that the work I would be involved in would make a significant difference to the care and wellbeing of patients, now and in the future.



Daisy Lam, Senior Clinical Research Practitioner

What is your role?

I am a delivery lead of Oncology clinical research working in Sir William Rous Unit. I help in set-up clinical trials and ensure they are delivered safely and ethically under good clinical practice (GCP). I ensure eligible patients are recruited voluntarily in a clinical trial; I ensure the trial activities are carried out and documented according to the trial protocol; I also ensure the data collected are timely and accurate.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy the interaction with patients and other healthcare professionals. I also enjoy the discussion with different healthcare professionals so that I can improve my knowledge and learn how people thinks in different perspectives. Clinical trials in Oncology have a relatively long follow-up period, e.g., up to 5-10 years. I anticipate the joy of having a long partnership with patients and the teamwork with different healthcare professionals.

 Why did you join the Research team?

Being part of the research team gives me great satisfaction as I can contribute to patient care directly or indirectly. By recruiting a suitable patient to a suitable trial, I can optimise the care the patient receives. The results and conclusions of the clinical trials may have important impacts on future clinical management guideline and good practice.



Judith Bradley, Research nurse (bank)

What is your role?

Working alongside band 6 nurse and midwife colleagues in recruitment and follow up of maternity research studies, recording and collating data.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy working in a team, supporting maternity research colleagues within the wider research team

 Why did you join the Research team?

I had been teaching adult nursing in a University and was keen to continue to be involved in research, influencing practice and making birth outcome better for women and midwives in the future



Sarah Bottell, Research Midwife

What is your role?

My role is to oversee a number of studies in Maternity and ensuring patients’ safety whilst taking part in maternity research. Daily activities include screening and meeting with potential participants, ensuring that they have received all the information required to give informed consent to take part in the study. Once a patient has decided to take part in a study, I then support their research journey acting as a point of contact and collect and record data relevant to the study. The role also involves regular communication with other members of the multidisciplinary team and promoting research awareness and activity within the department.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy being part of a team that strives to improve outcomes for birthing families. Each day is different I can go from discussing research projects with eligible patients and completing the consent process to meetings with study sites who wish to set up new research projects at Kingston. I enjoy working with the multidisciplinary team, my colleagues in research and feeling like I am learning new things daily.

 Why did you join the Research team?

As a student midwife I was inquisitive and continuously questioned how or why certain practices or policies were beneficial to those I cared for. This inquisitiveness did not fade, I have now been a midwife at Kingston Hospital for many years and it has been a privilege to support people to make decisions about their care. I realised that I wanted to take a more active role in developing the evidence I was sharing with them whilst remaining in a patient facing role. This post fits that objective!



 Tammy Carlin, Senior Clinical Trials Pharmacy Technician

What is your role?

I work alongside out Clinical Trials Pharmacist to deliver clinical trials containing Investigational Medicinal Products (CTIMPS) to service users within the Trust. My main roles are dispensing CTIMPS, carrying out stock maintenance, temperature monitoring and maintaining the Pharmacy clinical trial folders.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy all aspects of my role, I like to learn about each trial and I enjoy working closely with all Research team members.

 Why did you join the Research team?

I was interested in learning more about how clinical trials work and hopefully make a difference.



 Rosemary Gebhardt, Bank Research Nurse

What is your role?

Supporting the Research Practitioners in various Clinical Trials.

Coordinating with Patients and arranging blood tests / assisting with questionnaires and consent forms. 

Coordinating with Trial Investigation Managers re: data ‘clean ups,’ reconsenting patients, confirming patient status. 

Confirming results/outcomes i.e. blood tests, scans, consultations before entering data on trial databases. 

Attend Oncology MDT meetings to help identify prospective trial candidates.  Coordinate with Oncology Nurse Practitioners re: Patient status.  Check patient follow up appointments 3-4 months in advance to ensure compliance with trial questionnaires and data entry. Reconfirm dates prior to appointment. 

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Working as part of a small, friendly team.

Liaising with and talking to patients.

 Why did you join the Research team?

To use my nursing experience in a new positive direction.  To learn about and help contribute to, important fields of research.



 Jackie Latimer, Research Bank Midwife

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Working with a great research team in maternity and the general research team at Kingston. 

Being able to spend time with the antenatal and postnatal mums.

Communicating and working with my old colleagues in maternity.

 Why did you join the Research team?

I was asked to join the team, on a temporary basis, while they were waiting for a substantive midwife.  Now there is enough studies to allow me to stay for 2 days per week – which I love.



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