Professor Julia Brown, Deputy Dean at the Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Leeds, has been designated as a Non-Executive Director at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT).

With an illustrious background in clinical research, which includes her role as Director of the Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research, Prof. Brown will apply her expertise as a member of our Board to bolster the Trust’s vision for 2026 and beyond. One of the Trust’s objectives is to establish itself as a centre of excellence for research and to deliver world-class outcomes in specialist services, offering cutting-edge innovation in diagnosis, treatment, and care. Given her extensive experience, knowledge, and skills, Prof. Brown’s contribution will be particularly noteworthy in aiding the Trust’s continued progress in all areas related to research and innovation.

In 2007, Prof. Brown founded the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Registered Clinical Trials Units Network. Over the past 16 years, she has overseen this nationwide network comprising 53 academic clinical trials units, fostering collaborative efforts to position the UK as a global leader in clinical research.

Throughout her highly successful career, Prof. Brown has conceived and supervised the implementation of multicentre national and international clinical trials spanning a variety of disease areas, assessing a wide array of interventions. Her published research has subsequently influenced treatment guidelines both nationally and internationally.

Prof. Brown’s primary research interests lie in the design and analysis of complex trials, as well as the development and analysis of patient-reported outcomes in clinical trials. Prior to joining the University of Leeds, Prof. Brown spent several years in the NHS and industry. She holds the position of Emeritus National Institute for Health and Care Research Senior Investigator.

Dame Linda Pollard DBE DL Hon LLD, Chair of LTHT, remarked, “We are thrilled to welcome Prof. Brown to the Trust as a Non-Executive Director. We believe that every patient should have the opportunity to participate in, and benefit from, research. With her extensive experience and expertise, coupled with the dedication that I know she has for achieving excellence, Prof. Brown will play a crucial role in empowering our teams to ensure that research has a tangible and meaningful impact for both patients and staff.”

Prof. Brown stated, “I am honoured to commence my tenure as Non-Executive Director at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. I aim to strengthen the strategically important partnership between the University of Leeds and LTHT and to further elevate the prominence and value of a research-informed health service.”

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