The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Research and Innovation

Meet the Team

The Research Academy is run via the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT).

Meet The Research Academy Team 

Mr. Karl Ward, Lead Nurse Research and Innovation (Education), PG Dip, PG Cert (Clin Ed), BSc (Hons), RN.

Karl is the operational and strategic lead for the LTHT Research academy. He is a qualified nurse with over 22 years’ experience, 13 of which have been in the field of Clinical Research Nursing. He has successfully led and developed clinical research delivery teams in Hepatology, Neurology, Chronic Pain and Musculoskeletal Medicine. More recently he has been a Senior Nurse trust wide in Research and Innovation before focussing primarily on clinical research education. He is an expert Research Ethics Committee Member for the Health Research Authority and sits on the Royal College of Nursing’s Clinical Research Nursing Sub-committee of the Research Society. He is also a qualified coach and mentor who supports staff across the trust to become more involved with clinical research. Furthermore, he has recently been seconded Part Time to the national NIHR Co-ordinating Centre to support a new academic programme for clinicians being developed in collaboration between the NIHR and the Association of Royal Medical Colleges.


Tracey Moment, Clinical Educator (Research), MSc Psych, Certificate in Teaching, LLB (Hons), RN.

Tracey is a clinical educator for LTHT Research Academy. She is a qualified nurse with experience of various roles most latterly in Immunology and Covid - 19 Clinical Research Nursing. Prior to returning to the NHS Tracey spent a successful 13 years working for a Clinical Research Organisation in Regional Leadership and Management and National Training roles. Her training experience encompasses conference and classroom training, employee development, coaching and mentoring amongst others.


Kinga Dwornik, Clinical Administrator and Data Officer, BA(Hons), ITQ, 4 National Certificates of Education (Poland)

Kinga is an administrative support and data officer for LTHT Research Academy. She started as a Clinical Trials Administrative support and throughout her 6 years’ of experience working in Clinical Research, Kinga developed an extensive skill set that helps to fulfil daily tasks in a most efficient way. With her positive and receptive attitude, Kinga is a significant part of the Research Academy team. Her attention to details, strong organisational and creative sills contribute to the team’s success on a daily basis