Research Governance

Management Operations

The Research Governance team is responsible for ensuring that governance processes are in place to enable research undertaken at the Sanger Institute to comply with the Human Tissue Act, Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act and the Nagoya Protocol. The team drives projects through the Health Research Authority (HRA) and NHS Research Ethics Committee (REC) approval pathway, liaises with NHS R&D departments on behalf of the research teams at the Institute, and acts as the sponsor's contacts for GRL sponsored studies, enabling GRL to fulfill its responsibilities as a sponsor of research studies. The team liaises with regulators, such as the Human Tissue Authority, other authorities aligned to health research, and government departments, such as the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). We undertake audit and monitoring activities, and support and guide researchers throughout their projects, providing specialist advice and expertise during the whole life-cycle of a research study.

Core team

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Jessica Rowbotham, BSc

Compliance/Internal Audit Assistant

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George Robert Martin

Research Governance Officer

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Catherine McCarthy

Compliance Officer - Nagoya Protocol

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Joanne Doleman, PhD

Research Governance Manager


The Research Governance team works with a number of organisations, including regulators, national authorities, government departments, overseas National Focal Points and expert working groups.