Oversight committees

The project also has two independent oversight committees whose members are have been approved by the NIHR.

The Study Steering Committee (SSC) has 10 members and is chaired by Prof Roger Ingham from University of Southampton.

Members of the SSC include:

  • Roger Ingham, Professor of Health and Community Psychology, Director of the Centre for Sexual Health Research, University of Southampton (Chair of the SSC)
  • Dr Cath White, Clinical Director, St Marys SARC
  • Etty Martin, Sexual Health Commissioning Manager, Public Health Warwickshire
  • Prof Ravi Thiara, University of Warwick
  • Charlotte Triggs, Former Rape Prosecutor and CPS Senior Policy Advisor 
  • Fern Terris-Prestholt, Associate Professor in the Economics of HIV, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Gillian Finch, Lived Experience Group representative and Volunteer for CIS’ters charity
  • Sam Thompson, Lived Experience Group representative and ambassador of Survivors Manchester
  • Elizabeth Howath, Research Associate, Centre for Biostatistics, University of Manchester
  • Amanda Naylor, Assistant Director Impact Child Sexual Abuse, Barnardo’s

The SSC provides guidance to the co-investigators and project team and exercises oversight for the project on behalf of the funder to ensure that the range of sub-studies across the project are conducted to the rigorous standards set out in the Department of Health’s Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care and the Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice.

The Data Monitoring and Ethics Committee is chaired by Prof Anne Spencer from the University of Exeter, Dr Millie Parsons, a senior research fellow at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton provides statistics expertise.  The safety, rights and well-being of the study participants are paramount and the role of the three-member DMEC is to monitor study data and make recommendations to the SSC on whether there are any ethical or safety reasons why the studies should not continue.