Meet the Team

Aoife Regan
Head of ECMC Programme Office
+44 (0) 203 469 6117
Siru Virtanen
Network Lead
+44 (0) 203 469 8766
Fiona Chennells
Operations and Delivery Lead
+44 (0) 203 469 6340
Sheona Scales
CRUK Paediatric Lead
+44 (0) 203 469 6701
Sharan Sandhu
Programme Office Manager
+44 (0) 203 469 5393
Hannah Brown
Project Manager (Workforce)
+44 (0) 203 469 5381
Caroline-May Huxley
Cancer Research UK Paediatric Manager
+44 (0) 2034698764
I support the delivery of the research strategy for children and young people
Dominique Capostagno
Research Evaluation Analyst
+44 (0) 203 469 5420
David Ayland
Intelligence and Reporting Manager
The ECMC Programme Office
The Programme Office is the team that works to support the Network and encourage growth and collaboration between the ECMC Network.  The team is based in Cancer Research UK and is supported by the National Institute for Health Research.
The Programme Office achieve this through their hard work in the following areas:


Trial Harmonisation

The Programme Office team strives to promote the ground-breaking work being carried out by the ECMC Network, such that it is recognised as being a world competitor in this field of study.

Key to this recognition is the assurance that the trials are delivered efficiently in both time and target.

In partnership with the Health Research Authority (HRA), the Programme Office has developed new assessment processes that allow for the streamlined delivery of this research across multi-site trials.

Read more about the programme here.


Training and Sharing of Expertise

The Programme Office promotes expertise through training schemes and workshop events held across the Network. 

Traineeships and short-term placements plans have been established by the ECMC Programme Office to allow staff from a range of backgrounds to promote and enhance their expertise across the Network. 

An extensive online ECMC Training Directory and national conferences are other learning resources provided that encourages the formation of new collaborations between the ECMCs.


Patient & Public Involvement

The Programme Office established an ECMC Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) group that actively encourages all ECMCs to involve patients and the public in their work as a matter of standard practice.  

It aims to raise the profile of the Network on a national level, as well as allowing centres to learn from each other.



The Programme Office aims to enhance the profile of the Network by sharing important activities and achievements through:

- this website

- newsletters

- media coverage