The University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust board is responsible for the contractual compliance of the BRC. It delegates responsibility for the management and oversight of the BRC to the BRC Governance board, which in turn holds the BRC Executive Group to account for delivering the BRC’s strategy and objectives.
The governance board is chaired by the hospitals’ Chief Executive and has senior Trust and University representation, including – but not limited to – the University of Leicester Head of the College of Medicine, Health Sciences and Psychology and the Dean of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University.
The BRC Executive Group is chaired by the BRC Director, Professor Melanie Davies, who is responsible for the budget awarded by the NIHR.
The group is responsible for co-ordinating the delivery of the BRC’s planned activities and ensuring that the BRC meets its strategic and operational milestones through reports from the BRC theme groups. It sends quarterly reports to the BRC governance board.
The BRC Executive Group is made up of clinical leads and managers from each of the research themes, the hospitals’ Director of Research and Innovation, NHS and university finance leads, public and patient involvement and communications leads, and training and enterprise leads from the three partner organisations.
In addition, the group reviews reports from, and sends minutes to, the Athena Swann working committee.
Each research theme is chaired by a theme lead and meets regularly to sign off study protocols, monitor study targets, compare finance spending against the theme budget, review communications and PPI, and performance manage activities.
Research themes are accountable to the BRC Executive Group for managing their budget and project delivery.
External Scientific Advisory Group
Nationally and internationally renowned experts act as independent advisors to the BRC board and executive group. The External Scientific Advisory Group reviews the BRC strategy, and assesses new plans, ongoing and completed work, and inputs into research themes.