Our Team

Welcome to the CHASE clinical team

Our Management Team have extensive healthcare and clinical trial experience, spanning both Primary and Secondary care. We pride ourselves on delivering bespoke patient recruitment solutions, tailored to your exact requirements. Contact any of the Management team to discuss how we can support your needs and ensure your study delivers to time and budget! We look forward to hearing from you.


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James Sedgley, Clinical Team Director

James is our Clinical Team Director. He manages the team and site relationships to support study delivery and oversees each contract on a day-to-day basis. Prior to joining CHASE, James, worked as the Clinical Team Director at the Salford Lung Study, the world’s largest Real-World study, leading on recruitment safety compliance as well as recruitment and site data collection. He has worked in the Pharma industry for 30 years.

Julie-Anne Afrin, Finance Director

Julie-Anne is the Finance Director, with responsibility for the finance and operations departments as well as acting as the financial conduit between the company and its stakeholders. Prior to joining CHASE, Julie-Anne spent 5 years working as the Group Finance Director in a professional services company and prior to that she spent 10 years working for a CHASE competitor so knew the pharma industry and the clients it supports.

Richard Boladz, Clinical Services Project Director

Richard is our Clinical Project Director, having oversight of all clinical partnerships and for ensuring that clients are provided with any project management expertise required to support swift and timely study delivery. Prior to joining CHASE in 2013, Richard worked as a Project Director supporting the delivery of the Salford Lung studies where he played a prominent role in ensuring that both Studies recruited to time and budget.

Emma Busby, Project Director

Emma is Project Director and Board member, and is one of the longest serving members of the team having joined CHASE in 2002. She has many years’ experience working with clients of all sizes to help create and develop best practices and enhance ways of working to enable highly motivated and successful teams.

Steve Clarke, Head of Business Development

Steve joined CHASE in 2016 and is responsible for the Business Development strategy across the commercial and clinical businesses. Prior to joining CHASE Steve held senior commercial roles in a number of top tier Pharmaceutical, Business to Business and Private Healthcare Organisations.

Huw Nicholas, Recruitment Lead

Huw joined CHASE in October of 2016, initially to oversee the Executive Resourcing function. He is now responsible for the management and development of CHASE’s Healthcare and Graduate recruitment teams. Huw has been recruiting since 1989 after starting his career in field sales with Upjohn and DePuy. The majority of that time was spent at Royce, where he has been fortunate enough to manage some of the biggest recruitment campaigns in the UK Pharma industry. He also knows the clinical market well, having previously been on secondment managing the Clinical division of a major CRO.

Graham Hawthorn, Managing Director

Graham has worked in the UK Pharmaceutical and Healthcare service industry for over 25 years, delivering market leading commercial and clinical people solutions to clients of all sizes. He joined CHASE in 2012, and was appointed Managing Director in 2016.


Contact us

Call us:
Steve Clarke: +44 (0) 7791 262 626 | James Sedgley: +44 (0)7387 016165
Head office: +44 (0) 131 553 6644
Find us:
Head office: CHASE clinical, CHASE Head Office, Sugar Bond, 2 Anderson Place, Edinburgh, EH6 5NP