Meet the team

Hands holding jigsaw puzzlesBCTU is run by a Senior Management Team led by Professor Peter Brocklehurst. 

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:


Peter Brocklehurst

Professor Peter Brocklehurst - Director

Peter is responsible for setting the strategic objectives of the unit to align with those of the University. He chairs the Senior Management Group and the Quality Management Group. He works closely with clinicians and researchers who seek advice wanting to turn their clinical questions into clinical trials or test evaluation studies which can achieve funding. He provides mentorship for 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 - Reader in Clinical Trials and Statistics Team Leader

Natalie is responsible for assisting in the overall management of the BCTU. She also chairs the Unit’s Strategy and New Business Committee, which oversees the research commitments of the Unit and provides a platform for discussing the future research and strategic direction of the Unit.



Thomas Pinkney

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.



Katie Morris

Katie Morris - Women's Health Portfolio Lead

Katie is responsible for managing and developing the Women’s Health Portfolio. She is a clinical academic with a background in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Maternal and Fetal Medicine and provides oversight and clinical input to the portfolio as well as a role in supporting early career researchers.



Adrian Wilcockson - Acting Programming Team Leader

Adrian Wilcockson has been working within the Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU) programming team since 2003. 



Laura Magill

Laura Magill - Senior Lecturer in Clinical Trials