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We come from a variety of sectors and backgrounds

We are passionate about connecting people with health research that will help to shape the diagnosis, treatments and care of the future.

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Annie Keane

Manager

I lead our work that brings people, patients and researchers together with communities, partners and artists to reach new audiences with health research.

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Bella Starling

Director

I lead the Vocal team and work strategically locally, nationally and internationally to ensure that people and patients are connected, included and involved at all levels of health research.

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Emily Howlett

Project Manager

I advise researchers and enable patients and people to take active roles in developing research related to breathing, hearing and radiotherapy.

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Hannah Turner-Uaandja

Project Manager

My work focuses on making sure that clinical trials take into account the needs of patients, and that clinical research is inclusive.

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Jahanara Miah

Project Manager

I advise researchers and enable patients and people to take active roles in developing research related to hearing.

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Katharine Cresswell

Project Manager

I specialise in working with researchers and patients in cancer, maternal and fetal health research to make sure that patients’ voices and experiences are included. I also co-ordinate Voice Up (Manchester’s Young Person’s Research Advisory Group).

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Leah Holmes

Director

I lead on Vocal’s strategy and development, supporting and delivering work that connects and people, communities, culture and research.

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Nicola Sugden

Administration and Finance Assistant

I support the team and our work by taking care of administration and finance.

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Paolo Arru

Project Manager

I run creative projects and events that connect patients, researchers and the public with health research. I work closely with researchers, patients and communities to make sure our projects are collaborative and meaningful.

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Susannah Williams

Project Manager

I advise researchers and enable patients and people to take active roles in developing research related to musculoskeletal and skin conditions.

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Suzanne Parsons

Manager

I lead our work with researchers, patients and members of the public to ensure that their experiences and views are integrated into the design and delivery of health research.

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Tracy Grey

Project Manager

I work with researchers, patients and members of the public to ensure that health inequalities are taken into account and that a diverse range of people can express their voices in health research. I co-ordinate the Black and Minority Ethnic Research Advisory Group (BRAG).

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Zahra Arain

Project Officer

I support people to have their say in a wide range of health research and promote opportunities to diverse audiences.I work across a wide range of research topics.