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Why Illingworth?

Our vision...

To be the best Mobile Research Nursing provider in the world

Illingworth Research Group's primary drive is to become the best Mobile Research Nursing provider in the world. Offering the service globally and to the highest of standards to deliver a service which truly adds value to both patients and sponsors. 

Illingworth strives to achieve this whilst still maintaining core beliefs... passion for research, compassion for patients. We aim to achieve global preferred provider/partner status to continue the growth of our patient centric services, thus broadening their reach and continuing to empower patients and make clinical trial participation easier and more effective for both patients and sponsors.

Focused on pioneering the patient experience

Illingworth Research Group provides a range of clinical development services to the pharmaceutical, healthcare, biotechnology and medical device industries. We are experts in providing Research Nursing for Phase I to IV clinical trials across many different therapeutic areas. We have grown organically over our 20 year history offering all services near globally. On and Off-Site Research Nursing capabilities continue to expand in support of the patient centricity movement.

Illingworth Research has an exceptionally dedicated team, the company is structured to deliver a bespoke service to a sponsor's requirements: strategic insight, high calibre people, flexibility, quality, and highly motivated, high performing teams. Our focus on attracting, training, resourcing and retaining the best talent in the industry, has proved a key strategic investment and lead clients to repeatedly asking for particular staff to work on their projects again. Our team aim to offer open, honest channels of communication and a flexible supportive approach, in a service designed for you.

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.

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 the company 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 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.

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Dr Mike Davies, CMO

A high achieving Medic and Surgeon and latterly senior pharmaceutical executive whose broad experience and understanding of the clinical research environment provides an invaluable resource for the Illingworth Research team.

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.

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Helen was appointed Vice President, Strategic Development at Illingworth Research in August 2016 and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in January 2019. Helen has over 25 years’ experience in the Clinical Trials arena.

Helen Springford graduated with an honours degree in Nursing Sciences in 1990 and started her clinical trials career as a research nurse in London. Since then, she has managed an SMO and held various positions in both CROs and big pharma within several functional areas including Clinical Operations, Project Management, Business Development and Proposals.

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Juliet joined the company in 2011 as a Senior Research Nurse and after several promotions was appointed the position of Director of Research Nursing in 2016. Juliet has over 15 years’ experience within clinical research, commencing her career in cardiology research covering multiple Phase I- IV trials within the UK National Health Service. Juliet more recently specialised in neurology research, in particular, the field of multiple sclerosis, working on both commercial and non-commercial phase I – IV trials.

Over the past 6 years, Juliet has performed Research Nurse home visits, performed throughout Spain, for a large global paediatric study in Essential Thrombocytopenia.

She 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. Juliet’s nursing skills are broadened to include ECG analysis, venepuncture, cannulation, advanced neurological assessment and the rapid response to complex adverse events. She believes developing a strategy that places the patient in the centre of the trial is vital for a successful study. As the Director of Research Nursing, Juliet is responsible for the overall strategic development of the research nursing service and management of the Research Nurse team including training and development.

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.



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