Mr Kevin Dunn BA (Hons), MBA

Mr Kevin Dunn

Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences
HDR UK Programme Manager

Contact details

Research & Knowledge Transfer Office
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
Institute of Translational Medicine
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT

Kevin is responsible for the operational management of the HDR UK Midlands Site, which is a consortium of academic and clinical groups across Birmingham, Leicester, Nottingham and Warwick.


  • Introduction to Learning and Teaching in Higher Education for Postgraduates (Certificate), University of Birmingham, 2019

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), University of Wolverhampton, 2016

  • BA (Hons) Business Management, University of Wolverhampton, 2010


Kevin started his career in the NHS as a Youth Trainee in 1998. Since this time, he has gained experience mainly in the fields of Health Informatics, Oncology, Research & Development and Innovation Management. 

He was one of the initial recruits to the National Cancer Research Network (NCRN) which was formed in 2001 and designed one of the first regional databases for capturing and monitoring clinical trial recruitment data. Kevin has a degree in Business Management and also holds a Masters degree of Business Administration (MBA).  

With a passion for innovation, Kevin set up the first ever ‘national’ cancer multidisciplinary team (MDT) for the diagnosis and treatment of Ewing’s Sarcomas. He was formerly Head of Research, Innovation and Clinical Audit for a Specialist Orthopaedic Hospital, and also held the role of Head of Operations for the regional Academic Health Science Network (AHSN).   

Kevin has spent a lot of his career as a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) GCP Facilitator and has taught Good Clinical Practice (GCP) across the region to healthcare professionals and academics involved in Clinical Research. In recognition for this, Kevin was invited to become a question setter and adjudicator for the Royal College of Physicians; Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine. 

Kevin is ambitious, creative and visionary and is determined to transform health and social care services for the benefit of patients and service users.



Research interests 

  • Health Data Research 
  • Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) in Research
  • Organisational Behaviour 

Current projects

Health Data Research (HDR) Midlands Regional Community

Other activities

In his spare time, Kevin is involved with a local Ramblers charity group, which involves organising and leading group walks and weekends away. Kevin is also the former Chairman of New Cross Hospital Kidney Patients Association, a registered charity that raises money for patients with kidney failure.  

Kevin is quite musical and plays the guitar, piano and likes to sing. He was one of the founding members of the ‘ROH House Band’, a hospital band that raises money for charity.

Kevin also enjoys photography, cooking, running, gardening and travelling.


Infrastructure and operating processes of PIONEER, the HDR-UK Data Hub in Acute Care and the workings of the Data Trust Committee: a protocol paper. Gallier S, Price G, Pandya Het al. BMJ Health & Care Informatics   2021; 28:e100294. doi: 10.1136/bmjhci-2020-100294 

Perceptions of anonymised data use and awareness of the NHS data opt-out amongst patients, carers and healthcare staff. Catherine Atkin, Benjamin L Crosby, Kevin W Dunn, et al.  doi: