Director of Research Development and Innovation

Hilary is Director of Research Development & Innovation at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), where she manages the Trust’s research funding portfolio and oversees a department of approximately 150 fte Research Directorate staff. Her department supports the full spectrum of research at UHB, including research business support, research governance and grant preparation for submission for funding through to delivery of clinical and medical devices trials.

Her department’s innovation portfolio encompasses delivery of the West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre, a collaboration of 17 acute hospital Trusts in the West Midlands region supporting the 100,000 whole genomes project in the UK, NIHR funded early-phase research, and EU funded activity supporting medical device evaluation and positioning for market adoption in collaboration with SMEs, NHS Trusts and the University sector. She is also Deputy to the Executive Director for Delivery at UHB, and in this role provides senior operational management support across the full portfolio of the Executive Director for Delivery.

Hilary is a member of the Birmingham Health Partners (a formal collaboration between UHB, the University of Birmingham, and Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital) Executive. Her BHP executive role includes senior NHS operational responsibility for developing and delivering the research strategy of BHP. On behalf of BHP she provided senior operational leadership in the design and delivery of Birmingham’s Institute of Translational Medicine (a £24m project with funding support from the central UK government).

Hilary qualified as a registered nurse in 1985, going on to specialise in renal nursing. She has worked in both the public and private health sectors in the UK and Ireland. Hilary moved to UHBFT in 2001 from St Mary’s Hospital Paddington, where she held a joint Senior Lecturer Practitioner post with Thames Valley University. Prior to taking up her current post, she has provided senior operational leadership for a number of key Trust projects including reconfiguration of surgical services, introduction of “hospital at night”, electronic medical records for outpatients design and delivery and whole-site redesign of clinical services in preparation for the move to UHB’s new £545 hospital.