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Lesley joined the University of Edinburgh in November 2018 from the University of Stirling where she was a Research Fellow/Trial Manager with the Institute for Social Marketing, Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport.

With a background in mathematics and statistics, Lesley has worked in both NHS and University settings. She has more than 20 years practical experience in the design, management and delivery of health services research involving a range of complex interventions for a number of patient groups. This has included development of grant applications and study protocols, obtaining REC and R&D approvals, conducting systematic reviews and qualitative research, day-to-day running of trials, data analysis and writing. Lesley has particular expertise in clinical trial management and has a MSc in Clinical Trials from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Since 2011 Lesley's work has focused on taking forward a portfolio of projects relating to smoking cessation, most notably the Cessation in Pregnancy Incentives Trials (CPIT). Lesley managed CPIT II, the world's largest trial of financial incentives for smoking cessation in pregnancy from 2011-2014. Currently she is managing CPIT III, a multi-centre randomised controlled trial involving three of the four UK nations.  

Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, LSHTM

Award Date: 5 Mar 2018

Bachelor of Science, Glasgow Caledonian University

Award Date: 1 Apr 1991


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