The office team carries out UKRIO’s programme of work to support high quality and ethical standards in UK academic, scientific and medical research. It provides administrative, policy, research and technical support to the Trustees and Advisory Board, as well as liaising with the many organisations that subscribe to UKRIO. The team also co-ordinates the volunteer experts that support the work of the charity.
James Parry, Chief Executive
James is the Chief Executive of the UK Research Integrity Office. Joining UKRIO in 2006, he took up his current role in 2008, overseeing UKRIO’s transition to a registered charity supported by more than 60 universities.
He directs UKRIO’s work programme and leads its advisory service, responding to queries and concerns about research practice from researchers and the public. He helped develop UKRIO’s Code of Practice for Research and other publications, used by many leading research organisations.
James works with UKRIO’s subscribers to provide them with tailored support on research practice. He regularly speaks on how to sustain and enhance research integrity; audiences have included the Royal Society, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the Irish National Forum on Research Integrity, the new UK National Research Integrity Forum and the World Conference on Research Integrity.
James has collaborated in numerous initiatives to support research integrity. He contributed to the Royal Society-UKRIO project Integrity in Practice, a tool kit examining ways to effect positive change to research culture, and is an Observer on the Concordat Signatories Group, helping with the revision of the UK Concordat to Support Research Integrity.
Prior to joining UKRIO James worked as an archaeologist and a university administrator.
Dr Josephine Woodhams, Senior Project Officer
Dr Josephine Woodhams has a PhD in Medicine (Clinical Studies). She previously worked as a Senior Research Associate with over 10 years’ experience of designing and performing experiments in photobiology and nanomedicine at London’s Global University – UCL. She has contributed to collaborative cancer research projects with partners within the EU and USA.
Josephine’s role as Senior Project Officer is to support the delivery of UKRIO’s programme of work and assist with the development of new activities, in accordance with the objectives of the charity. A key element of her role is liaising with UKRIO’s many subscriber institutions, to ensure proactive support of the needs of their researchers.
Josephine collaborates closely with James Parry Chief Executive, the Trustees and Advisory Board, UKRIO volunteers, and the representatives and members of UKRIO subscriber institutions.
She has an interest in animal welfare and hopes to enable institutions to sustain and enhance their research culture through her post at UKRIO.
Amanda Brobbey, Communications and Information Officer
Amanda Brobbey joined UKRIO as the Communications and Information Officer, with over 20 years of marketing experience. She has worked in both private and public sectors, in addition to operating her own marketing and public relations consultancy. Amanda has consulted for large government agencies and had major private sector clients, as well as worked with start-ups, SMEs, and entrepreneurs.
Amanda has an MBA in Business, with a Postgrad in Marketing and her undergraduate a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Communications. Her role at UKRIO is to assist with supporting the high quality and ethical standards in UK academic, scientific, and medical research by planning and delivery of communications to key stakeholders. Amanda will support and communicate the wider work of the charity by gathering information on developments in research integrity (both in the UK and elsewhere) and developments in the UK research landscape. She is responsible for the scheduling and implementation of all comms campaigns for the charity, at the same time as progressively improving organisational understanding of what works for different audiences.
Jennifer Holmes, Operations Manager
Prior to joining UKRIO, Jennifer has worked for over 25 years within both retail and financial services industries. She has a wide range of management experience across both client services and business operations building a comprehensive knowledge of the challenges facing growing organisations together with the implementation of business policies needed to ensure their success.
Jennifer now brings these skills to her role within UKRIO, assisting in the development of effective administrative and governance processes that support the charities objectives and working with the CEO in the delivery of UKRIO’s work programme.
Elicia Price, Events Officer
As UKRIO’s Events Officer, Elicia manages the organisation and execution of the charity’s events and training programme, including our webinars, training workshops, discussion forums and our annual conference. Working with colleagues at UKRIO, our Trustees and Advisory Board, and the wider research community, she is further developing UKRIO’s events and training programme, in particular our virtual events.
Elicia has over fifteen years of experience managing events for the charity and corporate sectors, steering event strategies and leading on the end to end project management. In that time, Elicia has built up an extensive portfolio ranging from intimate roundtable events to large scale award ceremonies. Career highlights include overseas travel, welcoming royalty and high-profile celebrities to events, and raising over £1.2million at a charity gala.
Nicola Sainsbury, Project Officer
Nicola has a BA and an MA in modern languages. She has worked in higher education for 25 years, covering a wide range of roles in the areas of postgraduate student administration, quality assurance, governance and research policy, primarily at King’s College London. She worked in leadership roles with responsibility for research integrity and research ethics for a number of years, and has experience of managing and operating a research misconduct procedure and the matters raised under it.
She took a career break during 2018-19, during which she volunteered for several wildlife and conservation organisations. She now works part time for UKRIO as a Project Officer, using the experience she has developed to support the delivery of UKRIO’s programme of work and to assist with the development of new activities, in accordance with the objectives of the charity.
Vedrana Van Rheede, Project Officer
Vedrana took up her post as Project Officer with UKRIO in 2020. She has over 10 years’ experience as a Project Manager working for NHS Trusts and clinical commissioning bodies delivering NHS transformation projects in the community, as well as Secondary Care.
Vedrana’s role as a Project Officer with UKRIO is to support with the delivery of the charity’s programme of work, utilising her experience within the NHS.
She also has a research background and holds an MSc in Investigative Psychology from London South Bank University.