Executive team

Dr Agnieszka Michael MBBS PhD MRCP

Medical Director

Dr Michael qualified in medicine from Wroclaw University in Poland in 1994 and received a doctorate in cancer gene therapy from St George’s, University of London in 2006.  She trained  in Medical Oncology at the Royal Marsden Hospital, St George’s Hospital, London, and Guys and Thomas’s Hospital.  She has been working at the University of Surrey as a Senior Lecturer, Department of Microbial and Cellular Sciences since 2008. She also works as a Consultant Medical Oncologist at the Royal Surrey County Hospital. Dr Michael’s key research specialities are in the areas of Ovarian Cancer and urological malignancies .

Dr Michael is a member of NCRN Clinical Studies Group for Gynaecological Cancers and has experience in running national and international clinical trials for new cancer treatments as a local Principal Investigator and a UK Chief Investigator. She has recently been successful in obtaining CTAAC/CRUK approval for a new investigator-driven multi-centre study of a TroVax vaccine in ovarian cancer (TRIOC) which is due to run in 10 centres in UK. Dr Michael also supervises a number of translational sciences projects, mainly in gynaecological cancers and has set up a tissue bank based at at the University of Surrey, which is now become a part of the NCRI onCoreUK-Confederation of Cancer Biobanks (CCB) (http://www.ncri.org.uk/ccb/currentmembers.html). 

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Ann Ward

Head of Operations and Quality Systems

Ann Ward has enjoyed a long and varied career in Operations and Quality Management working for many years in the toy industry, ensuring appropriate quality standards were complied with during toy production at factories in the Far East.  Since then she has gained experience in commercial and charitable organisations including the Royal National Institute for the Deaf where she worked to harmonise service delivery standards across the UK, developed a number of major service contracts and introduced reportable quality measures for interpreting provision.   From there she moved into the Higher Education arena, as Head of Administration at Kingston University’s School of Education a role which involved managing the facilities, the provision of administration support for all courses and the management of several successful Ofsted inspections before joining Surrey CRC in July 2006.   In addition to having responsibility for the general operational activities at Surrey CRC and Surrey CTU, Ann, who is a member of RQA, and Chair of the UCCRF Quality Assurance workstream,has managed several regulatory inspections including 3 successful MHRA Phase 1 Accreditation inspections and is responsible for overseeing the Centre’s Quality Management System.

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Jo Leahy PGDip

Senior Project Manager

Jo joined Surrey as a Project Manager in June 2006. She has been a Senior Project Manager since October 2011. Prior to this Jo worked as a Clinical Research Associate and Project Manager in the Phase I Clinical Studies Department at Surrey Clinical Research Ltd (formally BIBRA International Ltd).

Jo obtained her degree in Biological Sciences (Physiology) at the University of Leicester in 1998. Jo completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research at the University of Surrey in 2013.

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Dr Sig Johnsen BSc MSc PhD

Senior Statistician

Dr Sig Johnsen is responsible for the team conducting the statistical work at the Surrey CTU.  His work involves the design, planning, analysing and presenting results of complex multi-centre clinical trials, and he works closely with clients to ensure that their statistical requirements are met.

He has a wealth of experience as a statistician within clinical research and works closely with the RDS. 

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Dr Bernadette Egan

Academic Lead

Bernadette is the Academic Lead for the Surrey site of the Research Design Service South East, and also provides research design advice and support to researchers.

Bernadette also holds a position in the University of Surrey’s Department of Psychology as a research fellow within the Food, Consumer Behaviour, and Health Research Centre - where she has worked on a range of funded projects, such as the Food Standard Agency, and the EU.

For a link to Bernadette's academic profile please visit: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/psychology/people/dr_bernadette_egan/index.htm

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