Birmingham hub team

The Director of the Birmingham Hub of the RDS WM is Dr Jonathan Mathers and the Hub Administrator is Karen Biddle.

Dr Jonathan Mathers

Jonathan is a Senior Lecturer in Qualitative and Mixed Methods Applied Health Research. He has broad based expertise in the application of qualitative and mixed methods research approaches in a range of applied health and policy contexts, and has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles. 
He is currently the qualitative research lead for several UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded clinical trials and trial feasibility studies.  This research includes qualitative work with patients, parents of paediatric patients and a range of clinical staff involved in the delivery of clinical care and related trials.

Jonathan has published in a number of policy-related areas including research focusing on the expansion of undergraduate medical education, widening access to medicine policy, the impact of and public involvement in regeneration policy, and healthcare professionals’ reactions to health policy interventions.

The Birmingham Advisory Team

Experienced researchers act as advisers in the Birmingham Hub. They are able to discuss your enquiry and provide initial advice to support your research proposal.


Dr Lazaros Andronis Applied economic evaluations
Ms Sue Bayliss Information specialist
Prof Melanie Calvert Patient reported outcomes and Director of Centre for Patient Reported Outcomes Research (CPROR)
Mrs Joanne Clarke Effects of school environment and ethos on children’s health and lifestyle choices
Prof Jon Deeks Biostatistics, evidence synthesis and test evaluation and Deputy Director of Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU)
Dr Ilias Goranitis Economic evaluations in obstetrics and gynaecology, cancer, drug misuse and mental health
Ms Natalie Ives Phase 3 randomised trials, systematic reviews and meta-analysis in Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU)
Dr Louise Jackson Economic evaluations in the areas of sexual health and women's reproductive health
Dr Hugh McLeod Health economics, policy analysis
Mr Lee Middleton Design and analysis of trials in Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU)
Dr David Moore Systematic reviewing
Prof Tracy Roberts Model based economic evaluations
Dr Alice Sitch Statistical analysis and design
Prof Neil Thomas Cardiometabolic disease epidemiology, prevention and control
Dr Grace Turner Epidemiology, primary care research, The Health Improvement Network (THIN) database studies
Dr Christina Yap Bayesian designs and analysis in clinical trial and joint modelling of quality of life and survival in in Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit (CRCTU)
Dr Rishiraj Caleyachetty Epidemiologist, Chronic Disease and Women and Childrens Health
Dr Christel McMullan Qualitative research fellow
Mr Raymond Oppong Quality of life research and economic analysis alongside multinational, cluster and factorial trials
Dr Sarah Bowden Cancer clinical trials research in Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit (CRCTU)
Mr James Martin Research focus on the design and analysis of stepped wedge cluster randomised trials.