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2017 Speakers & Chairs

The NHS R&D Forum are pleased to announce that the following speakers will be presenting sessions at the 2017 Annual NHS R&D Forum Conference in Manchester on the 15th & 16th May 2017.

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Bill Davidson

Job Title: Joint Head of Policy
Organisation: Health Research Authority


Bill Davidson is responsible for developing policies that better protect and promote participants’ and the public interest in health and social care research. Bringing together Government and partners, Bill is currently working on the UK’s preparation for new regulation of medicines, medical devices and data protection, as well as leading new statutory guidance on research ethics and on principles of good practice in the management and conduct of research.


Bill was previously a director of UK Biobank Ltd and deputy director at the Department of Health, where he led system reforms to make research faster and easier, establishing the Health Research Authority and strengthening National Institute for Health Research standards and support. Before that, he held posts in the National Research Ethics Service, the Central Office for Research Ethics Committees and NHS R&D.

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