Tuesday 26 July 2016

The Directors and Executive Management Team of the INFANT Centre are delighted to announce that Christian Stafford and Josephine Studham will join the INFANT Centre in two new roles: as Head of Business Development and Head of Operations, respectively. Christian and Jo’s addition to the team is an exciting time of growth for INFANT. Prof Louise Kenny noted, “both Christian and Jo bring a wealth of experience and knowledge. Their work will expand the horizons of our centre and enable INFANT to have greater reach and impact”.

Pictured: Christian Stafford and Jo Studham

As Head of Business Development, Christian will lead and oversee the Centre commercial strategy. He will particularly focus on the development, growth and maintenance of partnerships with industry and the commercialisation of INFANT innovations to the market. He has more than 15 years’ experience in strategic and operational innovation management, research commercialisation, IP management, business development and industrial-academic research collaboration in food and life sciences in UK and Ireland. As Head of Business Development at INFANT, Christian will drive the overall commercial strategy and help promote and develop the role of Infant in delivering societal and economic impact. Christian added that he is “delighted to join INFANT and support the Centre mission of developing and delivering innovations addressing significant unmet need in maternal and infant health. The work of INFANT, the Directors and the all the team is exciting, inspirational and has significant potential to make a profound impact. I very much look forward to helping the Centre on this journey.”

Christian’s staff profile

Jo Studham will take up the role of Head of Operations from September 2016. Jo has worked in clinical research for over 25 years. She joins us from her role as Clinical Research Facility Manager at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. As Head of Operations, she will take responsibility for the day-to-day activities of the Centre and helping to develop the centre’s operational plan. She will have oversight of all project management roles, monitoring and reporting, and will contribute to the future strategic development of the Centre. Jo stated that “In this role, I look forward to supporting the operational delivery of INFANT Centre strategy, whilst increasing the profile of INFANT both nationally and internationally. I was attracted to Infant’s mission because I strongly believe that improving health outcomes for both mothers and babies has a synergistic effect on health outcomes for all. I am really looking forward to working with and becoming a part of the INFANT Centre team.”

Jo’s staff profile


Prof Geraldine Boylan added that “both Christian and Jo possess the skills needed to effectively and efficiently deliver on the significant potential of INFANT. Their work will greatly help to ensure our work benefits women and children worldwide”. We all look forward to working with both Christian and Jo in these new roles, and warmly welcome them to the team.