Our Senior Management Team

The Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) Research and Innovation Leadership Team is responsible for the strategic development of research and innovation, to enhance the Trust’s status as a leading research hospital.


Clinical Head, Research and Innovation Division

Professor Neil Hanley

Neil - Senior Management Team

Professor Hanley is responsible for the performance of the Division and setting the Trust’s strategy research direction, ensuring that the Trust achieves its ambition to become a world-leading integrated health, teaching, research and innovation campus. He serves as advocate for the Division’s research across the Trust, including supporting the best possible care and opportunities for patients and staff.

In addition to his current clinical work caring for patients with all forms of endocrine disorder in Greater Manchester and beyond, Professor Hanley runs a laboratory research group studying human development and stem cell biology.


Divisional Director, Research and Innovation Division

Kathy Evans

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Kathy is responsible for the delivery of high quality and safe research services within the Trust through the operational management of the Research and Innovation Division. She oversees the performance of teams such as the Research Office, Divisional Research Managers and Clinical Photography and Medical Illustration.


Director of Academic Affairs and Innovation

Keith Chantler

Keith - Senior Management Team page

Keith provides the leadership for the Trust’s innovation activities, and is responsible for the protection and commercialisation of its intellectual assets. He manages the Trust’s external partnerships with industry, universities and strategic partnerships.


Associate Director of Research and Innovation (Governance)

Dr Bernadette Brennan

Bernadette - Senior Management Team page

Dr Brennan is responsible for providing guidance to the Trust on all aspects of research governance.