Chris Herbert is Director of Operations for Research and Innovation at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, one of the largest healthcare providers in the UK. In this role, Chris is responsible for the strategic development and management of the Trust’s Research and Innovation function which at any one time is supporting >900 live clinical research projects as well as a growing portfolio of “innovation” projects and strategic initiatives which include the collaborative development of medical devices, diagnostics and digital/AI tools. Reflecting the diversity of his role, he is a member of the management teams for the Northern Alliance Advanced Therapies Treatment Centre (NA-ATTC) which is supporting the clinical use of Advanced Therapies in the NHS and Northern Pathology Imaging Co-operative (NPIC) for the use of AI tools in digital pathology, both of which he helped to create.
Chris is passionate about bringing improvements to patient care through collaborative research and innovation and his career includes roles in technology transfer, medical device consultancy and business development, including a period of time working at the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult. Prior to his move to more commercial and management roles, Chris’s research career focused on the use of viral vectors as cancer therapeutics. In his ‘spare’ time, Chris is an active musician and family man.