The Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) has promoted Shirley Hannan in recognition of her dedication to research and innovation within the North.
Shirley, who previously held the position of Research Coordinator and Funding Development Manager, is an expert in research coordination having worked within the field for more than 20 years.
Before joining the NHSA in November 2016, Shirley worked for world-class research-intensive institutions including the University of Manchester where she spent 11 years supporting the management of research in the former Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences.
As the NHSA’s Head of Research Partnerships, Shirley will lead the Alliance’s partnership activities, offering a wide-range of research expertise to members, including collaboration and consortium support, scoping of research funding streams and research proposal support.
Shirley, who is based in Manchester, said: “I’m thrilled to take on the role of Head of Research Partnerships. I’m looking forward to building on the already strong relationships the NHSA has within the North’s health research community.
“The North of England is home to first-class research facilities and pioneering clinicians, researchers and academics, and collaboration is vital as we work towards building a strong Northern health economy. My focus in my new role will be to continuing working closely with our members to bring together researchers, clinicians and industry to stimulate research within our region.”
Nicola Wilson, Interim Chief Executive Officer of the NHSA, said: “I am delighted that Shirley has now taken on the role of Head of Research Partnerships for the NHSA. It is thoroughly deserved promotion following two years of exceptional work with the NHSA.
“Shirley’s skills set, knowledge and expertise include creating and co-ordinating multi-partner, cross-sectorial consortia, coordinating bid development and the range of funding instruments available to fund life science projects.
“Over the last two years, Shirley has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Alliance members to maintain the profile of the North’s assets in research and innovation and is highly valued and regarded by her peers. It is my pleasure to recognise her contribution in this way.”