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Charles Malyon is a Clinical Trial Manager in Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences. Charles describes his career to date, what a typical week looks like and also offers advice to anyone interested in working in trial management.

Number of years in clinical trial management?


How did you get here?

I trained as a Meteorologist before deciding to have a career change and specialise in project management. I became a Project Coordinator in a Research Tissue Bank at the University, and eventually moved into the position of a Clinical Trial Manager.

What are you working on at present?

I currently work on a national breast cancer trial called EndoNET and have oversight of several related sub-studies within the clinical trials unit.

What do you do in a typical day/week?

No two days are the same in this job as there is such a range of activities in clinical trials! Usually I work on project tasks, documents, meetings, events.

What education/qualifications do you have?

I hold a degree in Geography from the University of Exeter and a post-graduate degree in Applied Meteorology from the University of Reading. I don’t think you need these qualifications, just an interest in clinical research and some relevant experience.

What skills or attributes are most valuable in your role?

People and organisation skills are most valuable – and you need lots of energy in your role!

What advice would you give to someone who wants to work in trial management?

There is something for everyone in trial management, whether that’s event management, project management or administration. If you have an interest in improving patient care and may wish to consider trial management, get involved!

Why should someone come and work in Oxford?

Oxford is a fantastic place to live and work – it has such an international community in a great setting. The University of Oxford is the perfect employer and the Surgical Intervention Trials Unit (NDS SITU) has a thriving team of people who make it a real pleasure to work here.