Executive Group

Maria Palmer, Director

Maria has been associated with the NHS R&D Forum since its inception and has been its Director since 2007. A pharmacist by profession, she gained a Master’s degree and PhD by research and has been involved in a wide range of basic and clinical research. Maria led on the Culyer declaration and bids for her Trust and spent 10 years as R&D Director for the University Hospitals of Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. She now combines a clinical management role with leading on Pharmacy research and support for clinical trials while maintaining an active involvement in R&D management issues in the UK and USA.


Shona Haining

Shona has worked in various R&D roles operationally and strategically in the North East for 12 years, mainly in Primary Care but also secondment or joint posts into secondary care, mental health and most recently NHS England. Her current role is as senior manager for R&D for North of England Commissioning Support. This leads and delivers R&D for 13 Clinical Commisioning Groups over the North East and North Cumbria. She is passionate about the professional and essential role R&D can play in the whole pathway of research from ideas to implementing outcomes to improve patient care.


Virginia Minogue

Virginia Minogue is the research lead for NHS England. She has several years’ experience of management in the public sector and as Chair of a voluntary sector mental health organisation with an active service user involvement project. She joined the NHS in 2000 as a research fellow in a mental health Trust in West Yorkshire subsequently becoming Research and Development manager and then the Head of the West Yorkshire Mental Health Research and Development Consortium. One of Virginia’s specific areas of interest is service user and carer involvement in research and service development and planning. She is co-facilitator for the R&D Forum Service User and Carer working group which, among other initiatives, has coordinated the development of the Involvement Portfolio and a user lead training programme


Kate Greenwood, Manager

Kate has been working in NHS R&D since late 1999 and has a broad knowledge of research management in the NHS with direct experience of working at both operational and strategic level. Until recently Kate lead the research office team at Portsmouth Hospitals Trust. In February 2013, Kate took up a secondment opportunity to work for the NHS R&D Forum for 2 days a week. Kate believes that the Forum has a crucial role to play in the current landscape, bringing together those who are working together to make research in the NHS happen. Kate’s aim is to support the Forum to flourish and become a valued, influential and supportive community.