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Our Team – Medical Photography

Illingworth's Medical Photographers

An Introduction to the Photography Team

llingworth Research Group’s Medical Photography was founded as part of the Clinical Development & Support Services Ltd (CDSS) in 1998. Since 2010, the offering has expanded considerably and the team includes highly trained, qualified and experienced medical photographers supporting the pharmaceutical, healthcare, biotechnology and medical device industries. Visual data offers a truly diverse range efficacy endpoints within the clinical trial environment and providing bespoke imaging solutions across a range of different therapeutic areas is a service we truly value.

Illingworth employs qualified medical photographers to manage all our imaging studies; medical photographers who understand clinical research, investigator sites, data efficacy and the value of consistently high quality images.  Whether supporting a single centre exploratory study or managing a 60 centre global pivotal study, with multiple imaging endpoints, communication and attention to detail is the driving force behind our medical photographers and their support team.

John Illingworth, Chief Executive Officer

Having gained over 30 years of experience, initially at ICI (now AstraZeneca) and then at Serono, John became a freelance Clinical Research Manager in 1996. He founded Clinical Development and Support Services Ltd (CDSS) in 1998. John spent 10 years teaching on the MSc in Clinical Research, Diploma and Certificate courses at Liverpool John Moores University and is still an honorary lecturer there. He was on the executive committee of the Association of Clinical Research in the pharmaceutical industry (now the Institute for Clinical Research) for 6 years.

Whilst gaining his Institute of Directors Diploma in company direction, John continued to oversee the steady expansion of CDSS, promoting the company both within the UK and overseas to the biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device industries and is a familiar and respected face at conferences, exhibitions and seminars all over the world.

Following the expansion of CDSS and the growth of its contract research nursing operation to become the leading independent supplier of research nurses in the UK, John oversaw the strategic realignment of the company in 2011 to become Illingworth Research Ltd and ResearchNurses.co allowing both companies to focus on their core business of clinical trial management and contract supply of Research Nurses respectively.

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Melanie Haisley, Vice President Clinical Operations

Melanie joined the company in 2000 following completion of her PhD in Cell Biology at Manchester University.  She started work as a trainee Clinical Research Associate (CRA) and after working extensively in Phase I studies, moved into later phase work and then project management mainly in the field of oncology.

Melanie also progressed within the company, being promoted to CRA Team Manager in 2004 and then to Director of Clinical Operations in 2007.  As a result of her experience working in a variety of clinical research settings and facilities over the years, Melanie has the ability to apply her knowledge of the clinical research industry to advise clients on their specific requirements.   With her keen attention to detail and focus on customer service, Melanie ensures that Illingworth Research provides each client with the complete and careful attention that they require.

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Kevin Jacob, Senior Medical Photographer


Kevin joined Illingworth Research Group Limited in 2011 to expand and promote its Medical Photography service for clinical research.  Kevin has over 15 years experience in this sector previously having worked as Principal Medical Photographer within the CRO and Biotech industries, leading their teams of medical photographers and imaging technicians.  Kevin is experienced in establishing and translating the photographic requirements from synopsis to practical resolution, whether subjective image review panels or objective endpoint data analysis.

Kevin also has extensive experience in the ethical, procedural and regulatory aspects of pre-clinical and phase I-III studies.  Kevin has worked on over 40 (primary/secondary) imaging studies, ranging from single centre to global 60 site studies. Experienced in 2D, 3D, video and specialist imaging devices, he provides international clients solutions within the; anti-scarring, accelerated healing, dermatitis, immune system, fungal condition and vascular therapeutic areas.  Prior to joining the medical photography profession, Kevin worked as a crime scene photographer with the UK’s Metropolitan Police Service, gaining extensive technical knowledge and practical experience in the use of infra-red and ultra-violet wavelengths to record latent detail in often challenging situations.