Office Team

UKRIO staff

The UKRIO office team carries out UKRIO’s programme of work to support high quality and ethical standards in UK academic, scientific and medical research. We provide administrative, policy, research and technical support to the Trustees and Advisory Council, as well as liaising with the many organisations that subscribe to UKRIO. We also co-ordinate the volunteer experts who support the work of the charity, as part of our Advisory Community.

 

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 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 Research Integrity Manager

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.

 

Nicola Sainsbury, Research Integrity Manager

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.

 

Matt Hodgkinson, Research Integrity Manager

Matt has a BA (Hons) in Biological Science and an MSc in Genetics. He worked in open access science journal publishing for 18 years, developing expertise in peer review, critical appraisal, editorial policy, and publication ethics as an editor at BMC and PLOS and then heading the Research Integrity team at Hindawi. He is a council member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), Treasurer of the European Association of Science Editors (EASE), and a mentor for AuthorAID.

Matt has joined UKRIO as a Research Integrity Manager to support the work programme of the charity, including the advisory service and the development of policies and publications.

 

Dr Mohi Ahmed, Research Integrity Manager

Dr Mohi Ahmed trained as a Neuroscientist with a PhD in Developmental Genetics. He has more than 10 years’ experience as an academic researcher both in the UK and USA. He has specific interests in chromatin dysfunction during development and epigenetic mechanisms underlying hearing loss and dementia.

Mohi’s role as a Research Integrity Manager at UKRIO is to uphold the ethos of the charity and delivering high quality support to the public, researchers and organisations.

Mohi seeks to provide support to the research community to improve and promote a healthy research culture that creates positive environments for conducting research with a high level of integrity.