VALIDATE's Management Team oversee the direction, delivery and day-to-day running of the Network, liaising closely with the Network Management Board, the Scientific Advisory Board, and our funders.
Prof Helen McShane - VALIDATE Director
Helen is a Professor of Vaccinology at Oxford University, where she has led the Jenner Institute’s TB team since 2002. She has conducted clinical trials of candidate TB vaccines, developed both at Oxford and by industry collaborators, in the UK, South Africa, Uganda, Senegal and The Gambia, including the first modern efficacy trial of a candidate TB vaccine (MVA85A). As VALIDATE Director she leads the strategic and scientific direction of the Network, chairing the Network Management Board. You can read more about Helen's research interests here.
Prof Samantha Sampson - VALIDATE Co-Director
Sam is Principal Investigator in Mycobacteriology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Her group has an interest in host-pathogen interactions, and aims to gain a better understanding of how the pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis interacts with its host to cause disease, using molecular mycobacteriology and in vivo and in vitro infection models together with data-rich methodologies. As VALIDATE Co-Director she leads the strategic and scientific direction of the Network with Helen and Helen. You can read more about Sam's research interests here.
Samantha Vermaak - VALIDATE Network Manager
Sam is the VALIDATE Network Manager, based at University of Oxford. Previously the Jenner Institute’s TB Vaccine Programme Manager, she has extensive experience in project management, managing clinical trials in the UK and overseas, research grant financial management, working with industry partners, and managing Consortiums. Sam, with the team, manages the communications, events, and the day-to-day running of the Network, so do get in contact with any queries about VALIDATE. Find out more about Sam here.
Samantha.Vermaak@ndm.ox.ac.uk +44 (0)1865 611428 LinkedIn
Blakeley Nixon - VALIDATE Communications and Events Coordinator
Blakeley is the VALIDATE Communications and Events Coordinator, based at University of Oxford. He has previously worked in a number of roles in the education and charity sector including as a community coordinator at Humanists UK and managing commemorative events with the Royal British Legion. Blakeley works with Sam Vermaak on VALIDATE’s communications and its events programme. If you have any questions relating to Events or Communications, do get in touch with Blakeley.
Blakeley.Nixon@ndm.ox.ac.uk +44 (0)1865 611378 LinkedIn