Meet the team

Hands holding jigsaw puzzlesBCTU is run by a Senior Management Team led by Professor Katie Morris. Our team is made up of methodologists, trial management staff, programmers, quality assurance staff and administrators.

We have expertise in all aspects of late phase clinical trial design including multi-arm trials, complex interventions, cluster trials, adaptive designs and factorial trials. We conduct trials ranging from behavioural interventions to complex CTIMPs. We also conduct a range of test evaluation studies.

We support Chief Investigators and their teams through all stages of the trial lifecycle, from design, funding applications, database development and study set-up, conduct, analysis, dissemination and archiving. We incorporate PPI and PPE at all stages of our studies.

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The Senior Management Team:

 Katie Morris

Professor Katie Morris - Director

Katie is a Professor of Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine and holds an honorary consultant appointment with the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS Trust.  Her research aims to improve the care for women with multiple pregnancies, fetal anomalies, growth restriction, reducing infection in maternity and prevention of preterm birth, employing prognostic and diagnostic research, modelling, systematic reviews and trials.  She is also pillar lead for Birmingham Health Partners on women and child’s health. 


Peter Brocklehurst


Professor Peter Brocklehurst - Director of Research and Development

Peter’s focus is on supporting the development of new trial applications, particularly using novel or complex methodologies. He leads on supporting the Clinical Trials Scholars programme and mentorship of new Chief Investigators.

 Margaret Grant

Margaret Grant - Director of Operations

Margaret started her career in clinical trial management in 2002 and was a Senior Trial Manager for several phase III clinical trials in breast and bladder cancer. In her current role since 2016, she plays a key strategic management role in the delivery of all operational aspects of clinical trials within BCTU. Margaret provides operations leadership and oversight of procedures and takes an active role in senior project management across teams.



Natalie Rowland

Natalie Rowland - Director of Statistics and Research Strategy

Natalie assists in the overall management of the BCTU, and leads the strategic direction of the BCTU Statistics Team. She chairs the Unit’s New Business Group, working with clinicians to develop collaborations and research proposals, and explore expansion into new research areas.  As a Reader in Clinical Trials, Natalie is the Lead Methodologist and Senior Statistician on a substantial and diverse portfolio of clinical trials in the areas of Neuroscience and Parkinson’s Disease, Renal Disease, Coloproctology, Critical Care, Trauma and Primary Care assessing medical, surgical and complex interventions in both adults and children.  



Thomas Pinkney

Professor Thomas Pinkney - Surgical Trials Portfolio Lead

Tom oversees and provides guidance for the Surgical Trials Portfolio. Senior Lecturer in Surgery since 2012 and an honorary consultant at UHB, Tom's research interests are predominantly within clinical and translational research on inflammatory bowel disease and surgical site infection.


Graham Fowler - Programming Team Lead

Graham s the team lead for the BCTU’s programming team which develop our clinical trial management systems and electronic data capture tools. He also oversees the provision and maintenance of the Unit’s server and critical data infrastructure and the adaption of new technologies in data capture.“



Laura Magill

Laura Magill - Senior Lecturer in Clinical Trials