Karen French - Head of Operations
As Head of Operations I provide leadership, management and strategic direction for the development of the NIHR Sheffield Clinical research Facility (CRF). I have forged close links with other CRFs and BRCs across the UK and Ireland and actively contribute to strategic advisory groups to enable links for sharing knowledge and expertise across the national clinical research and experimental medicine infrastructure space. I have a long career working within admin and management roles within the NHS and University of Sheffield, and completed a MBA to further develop my knowledge in operational and people management.
As Deputy Lead for one of the UKCRF Network’s strategic themes, I provide support and advice to other CRFs to ensure the highest quality resource is available for conducting clinical research. I first joined the Network as Chair of the Managers’ Association prior to being appointed as Deputy Lead for Theme 1 in 2017.
It is a real privilege to work alongside such an amazing team of people within Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and the University of Sheffield to support the delivery of life-changing clinical research, in particular over this past year in our response to the global emergency. Through our collaborations with colleagues across the organisation our CRF played a leading role in delivering major flagship COVID-19 trials, resulting in medicines being repurposed and adopted into NHS care, and driving down the effects of the pandemic.
I have always been extremely passionate about the world of research and the difference this important work makes to the lives of real people. I have never felt more proud of being part of such a fantastic team, all of whom have gone above and beyond what is expected of them to ensure clinical research across multiple health conditions, has continued to be supported this past year.