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About Illingworth Research

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The best patient focused solutions company for clinical trials worldwide.

Illingworth's Vision Statement
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Bringing a unique combination of services to facilitate worldwide participation in Clinical Trials for all.

Illingworth's Mission Statement

About Illingworth...

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Passion for research... compassion for patients

Illingworth Research Group provides a range of patient focused clinical services to the pharmaceutical, healthcare, biotechnology and medical device industries. These include mobile research nursing, patient concierge, medical photography and clinical research services. At Illingworth we are experts, with experience across all study phases and in a diverse range of therapeutic areas. We have grown organically over our 20+ year history, and now offer our services in over 45 countries globally.

Illingworth Research has an exceptionally dedicated team. The company is structured to deliver a bespoke service to a sponsor's requirements. This may include: strategic insight, high calibre people, flexibility, quality, and highly motivated, high performing teams. Our focus has always been on attracting, training, resourcing and retaining the best talent in the industry. Which has proved a key strategic investment and resulted in remarkable client loyalty. The Illingworth team aims to offer open, honest channels of communication and a flexible, supportive approach, in a service designed for you.

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Management team

Meet the Illingworth Research Group management team! Our team has over 100 years’ experience in clinical trials across many disciplines including nursing, mobile nursing, clinical photography and much more.

John Illingworth

John Illingworth

Chairman
Having gained over 30 years of experience, initially at AstraZeneca and Serono. He founded the company in 1998. John spent 10 years teaching on the MSc in Clinical Research courses at Liverpool John Moores University, and is still an honorary lecturer. He was on the executive committee of the Institute for Clinical Research in the pharmaceutical industry for 6 years. Whilst gaining his Institute of Directors Diploma in company direction, John continued to oversee the steady expansion of the company, promoting 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.
Helen Springford CEO

Helen Springford

Chief Executive Officer
Helen has been with Illingworth for 4 years, initially as Vice President, Strategic Development and then Chief Operating Officer. Helen has been pivotal in bringing process improvements, and has developed a superb Business Development function to drive the company. She is a seasoned professional with 30 years industry experience. Having graduated with an honours degree in Nursing Sciences and started her clinical trials career as a research nurse in London. Helen has managed an SMO and held various positions in CROs and big pharma within several functional areas including Clinical Operations, Project Management and Business Development. Her combination of nursing background, clinical and business skills will ensure Illingworth realise their goals over the coming years.
COO Jules Moritz

Juliet "Jules" Moritz

Chief Operating Officer
Jules is a highly experienced pharmaceutical professional with over 30 years of clinical research experience. Having completed her undergraduate work in biology and nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her Master of Public Health degree with honors from the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health. Jules has worked for both sponsor companies and for CROs across a number of therapeutic areas, overseeing trials that range from a 10,000 patient cardiovascular program to a four patient ultra-rare gene therapy trial. She has worked for both sponsor companies and for CROs across a number of therapeutic areas, overseeing trials that range from a 10,000 patient cardiovascular program to a four patient ultra-rare gene therapy trial.
Phil Sims CIO

Phil Sims

Chief Information Officer
Phil joined Illingworth in 2020 having spent the majority of his career in the Life Science industry, mainly in CROs. He will be supporting the development of IT systems and information management. After completing a degree in Biochemistry, his career started as a Data Manager working his way up into various IT and system development roles. This gives Phil an true understanding of a growing customers IT needs as well as a keen eye for detail and predicted future potential issues and resolving before they arise.
Dr Mike Davies

Dr Mike Davies

Chief Medical Officer
A high achieving Medic and Surgeon and latterly senior pharmaceutical executive. His significant history in both medicine and surgery facilitated his transition into pharmaceutical medicine. Where he developed over ten patents for work in the discovery of wound healing, dermatology and cardiovascular compounds. Mike has provided scientific and medical expertise and leadership to a global product strategy from concept through to registration and throughout the life-cycle of important and valuable medical compounds. Having completed clinical research in all four phases of drug development and gained extensive experience in areas of drug development and marketing, Mike now provides consultancy advice on pharmaceutical and clinical affairs.
Gerard Baron

Gerard Baron

Vice President of Operations
Gerard joined Illingworth Research in June 2019 as Director of Clinical Operations. He has extensive experience leading and working with talented individuals and has successfully delivered many clinical projects from inception to completion. This is across all phases and in various neurological, oncology inflammatory, autoimmune and rare disease indications over the 20 + years he has been in the pharmaceutical industry. Gerard has a keen interest in innovation in clinical trials and has spoken on patient centricity, risk-based monitoring and implementation of technology in clinical trials as well as the need for sponsors to demonstrate the oversight of their vendors in compliance with ICH GCP updates.
Patient Advocacy Juliet Hulse

Juliet Hulse

Senior Director, Global RN Strategy and Patient Advocacy
Juliet joined the company in 2011 as a Senior Research Nurse and after several promotions was appointed to her current the position in 2020. Juliet has over 20 years’ experience within clinical research. Commencing her career in cardiology research covering multiple Phase I- IV trials. More recently she has specialised in neurology research, in particular, the field of multiple sclerosis. Juliet has wide experience in the management of trial projects from initiation to close out as well as working with site investigators to improve patient recruitment and patient retention to the study protocols. She believes developing a strategy that places the patient in the centre of the trial is vital for a successful study.
Alison Hibbert head of finance

Alison Hibbert

Chief Financial Officer
Alison joined Illingworth Research in March 2015. Following a successful period of being the outsourced Finance Manager from Illingworth Accountants at the time. She specialises in not only the day to day running of a finance department but troubleshooting and improving systems within a variety of businesses. Alison's pragmatic problem-solving approach has proved a vital part in enabling Illingworth's growth and expansion into new regions.
Ian, VP of IT

Ian Illingworth

Vice President of IT & Systems
Ian joined Illingworth Research in 1998. He has worked his way from a Clinical Research Associate through the company to become Vice President of IT & Systems. With most of his current work, Ian is involved in day to day IT systems management and troubleshooting. As well as training related to IT systems and software. Ian also manages the set-up and administration of the company network systems. This includes office structuring cabling, cloud server infrastructure and other necessary technologies for all staff. Ian also has an active role in the Senior Management Team of Illingworth Research Group.
Head of HR Eleri

Eleri Davies

Vice President of Human Resources
Eleri joined Illingworth Research in 2019. Bringing over 15 years international experience with a particular focus on the US market. With a strong background in Organisation Design, Operational Strategy, Employee Value Proposition and Talent Acquisition, Eleri has experience working in a range of different sectors. From, single and multisite SMEs to large, complex, change driven global organisations with employee numbers ranging from 60 to 1,500. She is energetic, resilient and a highly adaptable skilled facilitator. A driven leader focused on supporting worldwide expansion, successfully delivering significant change and championing organisational and cultural transformation.
Sarah Everitt, Head of recruitment

Sarah Everitt

Vice President of Recruitment
Sarah trained as a nurse before moving into Clinical Research. She has over 30 years’ experience working in the Contract Research and Pharmaceutical industry. She has worked in a number of global roles across big Pharma and has an extensive track record in project and people performance delivery, global resource and talent management. Alongside her primary roles, Sarah was a member of the editorial board for 10 years for the Institute of Clinical Research. Having started working with Illingworth in 2019. Sarah has established a new resource function capability to support overall resource processes within the organisation including implementation of a new Global IT Resource system.

Illingworth Bear

Meet our mascot

Our mascot Illingworth Bear joined the team in 2015 and has become a bit of celebrity in the industry, attending many events and conferences throughout the year. The loveable Illingworth Bear has also popped up in some hospitals and advocacy groups hoping to provide some comfort to peadiatric patients. Next time you are at an event be sure to drop by the Illingworth stand and grab your very own nurse bear, we love to see pictures of all the exotic places Illingworth bear travels to so please send any pictures to us on social media or email them to info@illingworthresearch.com

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Countries travelled...so far!

3500+

Families reached... and counting

60+

Conferences attended