Caroline supports the NHS R&D NW team in delivering the HEE/NIHR Bridging Scheme and developing support for clinical academics and others on a research pathway.

Caroline is a speech & language therapist who specialised in profound learning difficulties and paediatrics during a clinical career.  Following a prestigious NIHR Clinical Research Fellowship award in 2000, she combined work in health research with clinical practice.  She has experience in leading applied health research and as a Chief Operating Officer for the Clinical Research Network in Yorkshire & Humber.

She is skilled in working across boundaries between the NHS, NIHR, academic settings and the third sector.  She is experienced in delivering projects, working with patients and the public and in troubleshooting.  Her strategic skills draw on her understanding of policy and programmes in the wider context of regional and national policy.  She is a creative thinker and a skilled presenter.