Management Team

VALIDATE Management Team

VALIDATE's Management Team oversee the direction, delivery and day-to-day running of the Network, liaising closely with the Network Management Board, the Scientific Advisory Board, and our funder the Medical Research Council.


Helen McShane

Prof Helen McShane - VALIDATE Director

Helen is a Professor of Vaccinology at Oxford University, where she has led the Jenner Institute’s TB team since 2002. She has conducted clinical trials of candidate TB vaccines, developed both at Oxford and by industry collaborators, in the UK, South Africa, Uganda, Senegal and The Gambia, including the first modern efficacy trial of a candidate TB vaccine (MVA85A). As VALIDATE Director she leads the strategic and scientific direction of the Network, chairing the Network Management Board. You can read more about Helen's research interests here.



Helen Fletcher

Prof Helen Fletcher - VALIDATE Co-Director

Helen is a Professor of Immunology and Director of the LSHTM TB Centre. Her research group focuses on immune correlates and the host response to TB vaccination. As VALIDATE Co-Director she leads the strategic and scientific direction of the Network with Helen McShane. You can read more about Helen's research interests here.





Samantha Vermaak

Samantha Vermaak - VALIDATE Network Manager

Sam is the VALIDATE Network Manager, based at University of Oxford. Previously the Jenner Institute’s TB Vaccine Programme Manager, she has extensive experience in project management, managing clinical trials in the UK and overseas, research grant financial management, working with industry partners, and managing Consortiums. Sam, with the team, manages the communications, events, and the day-to-day running of the Network, so do get in contact with any queries about VALIDATE. Find out more about Sam here. +44 (0)1865 611428  LinkedIn


Blakeley Nixon

Blakeley Nixon - VALIDATE Communications and Events Coordinator

Blakeley is the VALIDATE Communications and Events Coordinator, based at University of Oxford. He has previously worked in a number of roles in the education and charity sector including as a community coordinator at Humanists UK and managing commemorative events with the Royal British Legion. Blakeley will be working with Sam and Stuart on VALIDATE’s communications and its events programme. If you have any questions relating to Events or Communications, do get in touch with Blakeley.   +44 (0)1865 611378    LinkedIn