Our Team

Our Team

We employ more than 20 full time members of staff including physicians, nurses, a play specialist, trial co-ordinators, a pharmacist, information analysts and administrators. We are also a core function within the Clinical Research Division at Alder Hey which provides assistance with costings, contracts, regulatory governance and quality.

Professor Michael Beresford - CRF Director

Professor Beresford is Specialty Cluster Lead of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) Specialty Cluster Hub including the National Specialty Groups of Children, Reproductive and Childbirth, Musculoskeletal, Ophthalmology and Haematology research.


Professor Beresford is Director of the NIHR Alder Hey Clinical Research Facility for Experimental Medicine, Director of the UK’s only ‘Experimental Arthritis Treatment Centre for Children’ and Director of LHP’s ‘Starting Well’ Program.

He has an international reputation in Paediatric Rheumatology including clinical trials and translational science, Executive member of the Paediatric Rheumatology European Society, and chief investigator and/or co-investigator on >£20m of grant funding.

He is Chief Investigator of the UK JSLE Cohort Study and Repository, and founder and Chair of the UK JSLE Study Group.


Dr Dan Hawcutt - CRF Clinical Lead

Clinical lead on the CRF, Dr Hawcutt is one of six consultant paediatric clinical pharmacologists in the UK, and the only one engaged with early phase paediatric clinical trials.


Dan is chair of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) College Specialty Advisory Committees (CSACs) for Clinical Pharmacology, responsible for training paediatricians in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics in the UK. Alder Hey CRF has one of only two specialist training posts for junior doctors to learn pharmacology, and is the only one that provides CRF and early phase trial experience and training.

Alder Hey supports and hosts the national training programme by hosting a study day. sits on both the Medicines and Healthcare product Regulatory Agency (MHRA) pharmacovigilance and paediatric expert advisory groups.



Meet the team

Professor Jo Blair - Co-Director

Matthew Bickerstaff - Operational Manager

Karen Phelan - Research Nurse Manager

Jacqui Tahari – Research Nurse

Hannah Leyland – Research Nurse

Dianne Lea – Research Nurse

Jackie Lyall – Research Nurse

Catherine McBurney – Research Nurse

Jess Tiffin - Research Nurse

Jackie Glover – Research Play Specialist

Udeme Ohia – Clinical trials Pharmacist

Megan Sunners - Senior Project Manager (Commercial)

Jo Shakeshaft - Data Administrator

Rich Kirk - Quality Assurance & Research Governance Lead

Silothabo Dliso - Research Physician Associate 

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