Our Staff

Our Charity Trustees are: Dr Navtej Chahal; Mr Amarjit Dassan; Dr Ahmed Elghamaz; Mrs Ann Lewis; Dr Nigel Stephens (Chair)

Professor Roxy Senior

Director of Cardiac Research
Roxy Senior is Professor of Clinical Cardiology at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London and Consultant Cardiologist and Director of Echocardiography at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London and Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow.

He graduated and obtained Masters degree in medicine and cardiology from the University of Calcutta, India. Prof Senior migrated to the UK in 1989 when he joined Northwick Park Hospital as a research fellow. He became a Consultant Cardiologist and Director of Cardiac Research at the Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow in 1995.

Research fellow
Research fellow

Clinical Fellows


Dr Lasha Gvinianidze

Lasha joined us in August 2022 as a research fellow. Lasha is a fully trained cardiologist who wants to contribute to cardiology knowledge by carrying out his MD project. He is fully accredited in echocardiography and one of his projects is studying high frame rate ultrasound with the department od biomedical engineering at Imperial college.




Clinical Fellows


Dr Leigh-Ann Wakefield

Leigh-Ann is passionate about research and has joined our team to undertake her MD before completing her final years of Cardiology training. Leigh Ann is currently working on her protocol looking at whether adding carotid ultrasound scanning to stress echo improves the accuracy of diagnosing coronary artery disease, when compared to CT scanning. 




Emma Howard

Emma Howard

​Emma is a Senior Clinical Research Practitioner, with over 10 years’ experience working across many specialities, focussing in the last 5 years on Cardiology. Emma has a BSc in Psychology and MSc in Public Health and Health Promotion, and most enjoys working together with patients on healthy lifestyle counselling. Emma completed her application to the CRP Register in March 2021 and is keen to support other CRPs in completing their applications and developing the professional identity and recognition of the CRP profession. Emma was promoted to Business Manager of the Cardiac Research department in December 2022

Raisa, senior research nurse

Kiruba Rajan

Kiruba is a registered nurse and joined our team in July 2022. Kiruba has considerable cardiology and research experience and is leading on several of our research projects.




Reinette Hampson

Reinette Hampson

Reinette joined the department over 10 years ago and has a BSc in Clinical Physiology. She also hold a BTEC in sports and exercise technology and an MA (hons) in movement science. Reinette is a fellow of the BSE and fully accredited in echocardiography and stress echocardiography. One of her achievements is developing the physiologist led stress echo service at Northwick Park.

Ashish Patel

Ashish Patel

Ash joined the department in June 2019 as a Cardiac Sonographer. He has completed a BEng in Biomedical Engineering, followed by an MSc in Medical Ultrasound (Echocardiography) and has now completed his BSE exams. He strives to continuously carry out research, which can help people with heart diseases now and in the future.

Minoo Shah


Mrs Minoo Shah

Cardiac Research Office Manager.

Minoo is a friendly, loyal and clearly dedicated individual who has an ambition to succeed in any given environment. She has been working in the Medical Secretarial field for over 35 years and in fact 30 years in her current post.  Although she has extensive experience working in the NHS, she love to learn and is always up for a challenge, whatever the situation.  She gets on well as a team member whilst also working efficiently on her own and gives her best to her employer. Her motto is to be kind and help out as much as possible in any given situation.

photo of Amy our clinical trials assistant


Ruqayya Hadjali

Clinical Trials Assistant

Ruqayya has recently joined the department as a Clinical Trials Assistant, working alongside our team to facilitate the administration of current research. She has a first class degree in Biomedical Science and is enjoying staring her career in our department. Ruqayya describes the department as ” A friendly place to work with great team work to make a positive difference in people’s lives.”