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.

Gabriel Bioh

Clinical Fellows


Dr Gabriel Bioh

Gabriel joined us in October 2018 to work towards his MD. His project looking at how Covid-19 affects the heart is currently under way in the department.




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.

Raisa, senior research nurse

Raisa Kavalakkat

Raisa is a qualified nurse who has worked with us since 2013. Raisa was the lead co-ordinator for the Ischemia Trial, as well as many others.




Ann Banfield

Ann Banfield

Ann started work in the department in 1996 as a research nurse. Over the years her role has evolved, and she now is the business manager of the department. She also is the secretary of the Northwick Park Cardiac Research Charity. Ann has maintained her nursing registration and completed her BSc (clinical research) in 2013. Although frequently  surrounded with an ocean of paperwork, her focus is about the patients, who give up their time voluntarily to take part in Research.


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


Amy Bagshaw

Clinical Trials Assistant

Amy has recently joined the department as a Clinical Trials Assistant, working alongside our team to facilitate the administration of current research. She has a BSc in Pharmacology and an MSc in Psychological Sciences, keen to pursue a patient-focused career in clinical studies.