Meet the Study Team

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is at the forefront of clinical research into skin disorders. We are committed to improving health outcomes for people with severe eczema.


Professor Catherine SmithProgramme Lead

Catherine is Consultant Dermatologist and Professor of Dermatology and Therapeutics at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas’. She is lead clinician in national specialised services for adults with severe psoriasis and eczema. Her clinical and research interests focus on inflammatory skin disease and translational medicine, extending from biomarker discovery through to interventional studies (phase II-IV), and involve major national and international collaboration.

Dr Andrew PinkChief Investigator

Andrew Pink is a consultant dermatologist and director of the adult clinical trials unit at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s and St Thomas’. He is an honorary clinical lecturer at King’s College London, ex-honorary secretary of the St John’s Dermatological Society, a member of the International Psoriasis Council, co-chair of the Annual UK Dermatology Course for Consultants and regularly acts as a NICE clinical expert. His key clinical and academic interests are eczema and psoriasis. Andrew has helped to develop a national multi-disciplinary eczema service at St. John’s. He was previously awarded an MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship to undertake and complete a PhD in the field of medical dermatology (molecular genetics of hidradenitis suppurativa), during which he received an MRC Centenary Award. He has acted as CI on multiple trials examining novel therapies emerging in psoriasis and eczema.

Richard EmsleyLead methodologist

Richard is an NIHR research professor and Professor of Medical Statistics and Trials Methodology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London. Previously he held a personal chair at the University of Manchester and was Deputy Director of the Manchester Clinical Trials Unit. Richard’s research interests are in clinical trials methodology and developing statistical methods for the analysis of trials using causal inference approaches. He is an investigator on the MRC-NIHR Trials Methodology Research Partnership, co-lead of its Statistical Analysis Working Group and is the founder of the UK (now European) Causal Inference Meeting. He is the trial statistician on a portfolio of studies including in mental health and dermatology, and an investigator on the MRC Psoriasis Stratification to Optimise Relevant Therapy programme


Caroline MurphyKing’s College London

Caroline Murphy, KCTU Operations Director, is an experienced nurse and triallist leading the King's Clinical Trials Unit with Professor Peter Sasieni. She will be responsible for the management of staff employed on the Beacon Trial within KCTU.

Joanna KellyKing’s College London

Joanna Kelly, Head of Operations, is an experienced triallist within the UKCRC accredited King's Clinical Trials Unit (KCTU). She advises on all aspects of study conduct, supporting studies in the delivery of methodologically robust studies.