Research and Innovation Services


Meet our new Assistant Directors

14 June 2023

Research and Innovation Services (RIS) recently welcomed three new Assistant Directors to our teams.

Left to right: Stephanie Allison, Simon Rowson, Kristina Kertova

(Image left to right shows: Stephanie Allison, Simon Rowson, Kristina Kertova)

The appointment of our new Assistant Directors marks a key point in the establishment of our Compliance and Assurance and Planning, Insight and Improvement teams. Find out more about our new Assistant Directors below.

Stephanie Allison, Assistant Director, Research Ethics Service

Stephanie Allison joined RIS back in April following the move of the UCL Research Ethics Service from the Office of the Vice-Provost (Research, Innovation & Global Engagement (RIGE)) to our Compliance and Assurance team. 

Stephanie is responsible for leading our Research Ethics Service, which plays a key role in supporting ethical review processes at UCL and advising on the practical application of ethics to research and innovation activities. 

Prior to joining UCL to head up the Research Ethics Service, Stephanie was the Ethics Manager at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and had worked as the Research Ethics Coordinator for the Institute of Education.

Simon Rowson, Assistant Director, Data and Insight

Simon joined our Planning, Insight, and Improvement team as our Assistant Director for Data & Insights in May.

In this newly established role, Simon is responsible for leading the analysis of key institutional research performance indicators and facilitating the adoption and development of data-based insights across the university.

Prior to joining UCL Simon was the Head of Data and Insight for Barnardo’s where he led a team of nine overseeing all aspects of supporter data and insight, generating a portfolio of analytics reporting.

Kristina Kertova, Assistant Director, Compliance and Assurance

Kristina Kertova was appointed as our Assistant Director, Compliance and Assurance in March this year. 

Kristina is responsible for the leadership and management of risk and compliance associated with international research and innovation collaborations at UCL, providing strategic support to identify, mitigate and manage the risks associated with international collaboration.

Previously Kristina was our Due Diligence Delivery Manager for RIS and was also a Global Research Partnerships Officer at UCL.