Our team

Our team

Research and Innovation at NUH is led by a team of internationally recognised clinicians, academics and scientists. They are supported by dedicated infrastructure that includes expertise in:

  • Biobanking
  • Data management
  • Grant applications and sponsorship
  • Intellectual Property
  • Medical devices
  • End-to-end trials management

Meet our team

Professor Stephen Ryder, Director of Research and Innovation

Steve is a consultant Physician in Hepatology and Gastroenterology. His major clinical and research interest is hepatitis C infection. He was the national lead for the Hepatology Clinical Research Network and has had a significant role in coordinating clinical trials of new therapies. He was recognised by the NIHR for his outstanding contribution to commercial research programmes in 2016.

Steve is Hepatology Vice President of the British Society of Gastroenterology and was appointed Director of the NIHR Nottingham Clinical Research Facility in April 2017.


Dr Maria Koufali, Managing Director of Research and Innovation

Maria holds a PhD in mitochondrial neuroscience from the University of Dundee and an MBA from the University of Nottingham. After a career as a research fellow, Maria joined the NHS in 2003 as a Clinical Research Manager and has been Managing Director of Research and Innovation at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust since 2009. Maria is also a member of the leadership team for the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre.

Tom Smith, Head of Research Operations

Samantha Jones, Head of Research Delivery/Lead Research Nurse

Jen Boston, Head of Research Governance

Rachel Webster, Head of Communications and Marketing