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 over 100 research organisations.
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 subscriber organisations to provide them with tailored support on research practice and research culture. He regularly speaks on how to safeguard and enhance research integrity; audiences have included the Royal Society, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the Irish National Forum on Research Integrity, the UK National Research Integrity Forum, the World Conference on Research Integrity and UKRIO’s regular free webinars on good research practice.
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 ongoing development 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.
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.