Stuart leads work on strategic development of R&D for the North West region. He oversees the development of research alliances, leadership of the R&D community, facilitation of bids for funding, partnerships and networks, workforce development and knowledge transfer. He is currently Co-Chair of the North West People in Research Forum.
He has also been an External Advisor on evaluation to the NHS Institute for Innovation & Improvement and to Macmillan Cancer Support. In addition to this, Stuart also works as an Executive Coach.
Stuart spent two years working as National Head of Evaluation for the NHS Modernisation Agency. Prior to that he worked in the NHS Regional Office for eight years and was Regional Head of R&D for the North West.
He has worked extensively on patient and public involvement and was Chair of the Strategic Alliances Working Group of INVOLVE for seven years.
He has worked in various roles throughout the Health Service, including a couple of years in Primary Care in the Wirral and a year at the Royal Liverpool University Hospitals. He began his career in the voluntary / charitable sector as a Community Arts Worker and later as Manager of a Disability Organisation.
Stuart has a PhD in organisational change from Manchester Business School in which he studied the psychological aspects of change within organisations in the NHS, focusing particularly on applications of Jungian and Archetypal Psychology. He has held honorary appointments with the University of Manchester, Lancaster University and Liverpool John Moores University.