Research Team

Dr Neil Paul

Dr Neil Paul

GP Partner

Lead GP and Principal Investigator
Dr Paul has been a GP Partner at Sandbach GPs since August 2000. In 2009 he helped to establish Ashfields' Research Team, which now operates a hub and spoke model across 15 GP Practices. Neil enjoys photography and Sci-Fi and is planning a Landscape Photography course on Tatooine in the (very) distant future.

Dr Simon Gowda

Dr Simon Gowda

GP Partner

Sub Investigator
Dr Gowda has been with the Practice since 2009. He has been involved in clinical research since 2004 and has research experience in multiple disease areas including, Breast Cancer, Cardiovascular, Rheumatology, Respiratory, Osteoporosis.

Dr Priyan Gunawardena

Dr Priyan Gunawardena

GP Partner

Sub Investigator
Dr Gunawardena joined Sandbach GPs in 2016. He has worked with the Ashfields' Research Team since 2017 and has had experience as a Sub Investigator in a variety of research studies ranging from Phase III to Phase IV. Priyan loves skydiving, he can recite the alphabet backwards and would love to play the guitar like Jimi Hendrix!

Tracey Waller

Tracey Waller

Research Nurse
Tracey has been a Research Nurse at Ashfields since 2009. She has also been a midwife. Tracey has had experience as a Research Nurse on research projects including Phase II to Phase IV. She has been involved in research across so many different disease areas, there are too many to mention!

Janet Rhodes

Janet Rhodes

Research Nurse
Janet has worked in research for more years than she cares to admit! She has been a Research Nurse in both Primary and Secondary Care and has been involved in research projects across all phases. Janet loves Grand Prix racing and her dream is to marry Lewis Hamilton!

Emma Giller

Emma Giller

Research Administrator
Emma joined the Research Team at Ashfields in March 2019. She has worked at Sandbach GPs since 2014 in various clinical administrative roles. She is also a qualified teacher. Emma enjoys singing in the shower, she can do a headstand and would love to be able to play the piano!

Lorna

Lorna

Research Development Nurse
Lorna joined the team in August 2020. Her main focus is to develop and support research activity within our PCNs. Lorna is a trained Paediatric Nurse and Specialist Community Public Health Nurse. She enjoys travelling and her ambition is to visit Red Square in Moscow.