Meet the IMPACT team

Rebecca Bishop
Team Leader

Becky worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on commercial and academic trials for 5 years. She moved to the CRCTU at the University of Birmingham in 2011 to work on haematology clinical trials. Becky feels the greatest success is when a trial changes practice and has real impact on patients’ lives. She is passionate about accelerating trials to help as many patients as possible.

Sarah Johnson
Senior Trial Coordinator
Rebecca Collings
Senior Trial Coordinator

Rebecca has worked in research roles at Aston University, MAC Clinical Research, the University of Maryland and John Hopkins University. She started working on IMPACT in April 2020. Rebecca finds the direct correlation between the work the team puts in and the effect it has on Haematology research and patient treatment options especially fulfilling. She enjoys challenging the status quo and bringing high quality trials to NHS patients faster.

Ellie Williams
Trial Coordinator

Ellie previously worked as a Trial Administrator in the IMPACT team and moved to her current role in February 2020. She finds it especially fulfilling to see NHS patients recruited to IMPACT clinical trials and feels the network is important in order to accelerate better treatment options. Ellie also finds it rewarding to contribute to scientific research such as in the field of GvHD.

Lucy Thomas
Trial Administrator

Lucy gained a BSc in Biochemistry and an MSc in Genomic Medicine, then began working on a neonatal unit at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, where she helped to develop parent education programme. Within this role she supported research into parent education and attitudes around breastfeeding. Lucy enjoys contributing towards research which has the potential to bring great benefits to patients.

Gabrielle Smith
Trial Coordinator

Andrea Hodgkinson
Senior Trial Coordinator

Andrea gained a PhD in the genetics of Type I diabetes from the University of Plymouth and then established her own laboratory research team in the University of Plymouth Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. She moved to IMPACT in 2017 and finds the most fulfilling part of her role guiding a trial to conclusion, providing results that can change the future of treatment for patients. Andrea’s role provides the structure necessary to deliver transplant trials and she feels IMPACT is like a family working together to achieve the same goal.

Jacqueline Taylor
Data Manager
Sumayyah Ul-Rahman
Trial Coordinator

Stephanie Lane
Trial Administrator

Sarah Pickrell
Research Nurse

Sarah found her passion for working in Haematology whilst training as an Adult Nurse in 2016. She has worked in Haematology for two years and as an IMPACT Research Nurse for one year at King’s College Hospital in London. Sarah loves building a rapport with her patients and finds great satisfaction in improving patients’ lives by investigating new treatments through IMPACT trials.

Sally Springett
Research Nurse

Sally worked on the Clinical Haematology Ward at Churchill Hospital in Oxford for 6 years, gaining experience in bone marrow transplantation and general haematology. She later moved to haematology clinical trials and started her role with IMPACT in 2021. Sally is very excited to be a part of the IMPACT team and the expanding portfolio of clinical trials in bone marrow transplantation, an area which has been neglected in the past. She hopes this will lead to great advances in the future.

Deimante Drasutyte
Senior Research Nurse

Deimante has worked in research since 2018 and is currently the IMPACT-funded Team Lead for Bone Marrow Transplant Trials at UCLH. Deimante joined IMPACT in 2020 and is pivotal to the setup of trials at site, screening and recruiting patients as well as conducting protocol related assessments. She enjoys educating others about clinical trials and helping dispel common myths. Patient safety is at the heart of everything Deimante does and she works closely with a multidisciplinary team to ensure patients receive holistic care beyond the requirements of IMPACT trials.

Sarah Wright
Research Nurse

Sarah qualified in 2013 and has worked in haematology for 6 years. She joined IMPACT in 2018, working on IMPACT trials at Newcastle Freeman Hospital.