About Us

Our team focuses on accelerating patient recruitment so you can focus on research

Innovative Trials specialises in delivering effective global patient recruitment strategies for your clinical trials by adopting a patient and site-centric approach.

We work with some of the biggest global pharmaceutical companies, clinical research organisations (CROs) and biotech companies to deliver effective patient recruitment and retention strategies for clinical trials.

We pride ourselves on forging close, collaborative and long-lasting relationships with our clients. Together, we become one team to ensure patient recruitment and retention success for your studies.
Innovative Trials was founded in 2010 by Kate Shaw and Dave Watkins after identifying a growing need for clinical trial patient recruitment support.

Headquartered in the UK, Kate and Dave have grown Innovative Trials into a leading global expert in patient recruitment and retention with clinical trial recruitment specialists living and working in more than 70 countries.

Prior to setting up Innovative Trials, Kate worked for a number of large global pharma companies resulting in her being the only Patient Recruitment Specialist for a Top 10 Pharma company. Kate is passionate about clinical research and strives to ensure that patients are fully educated and supported before participating in clinical trials.

Kate Shaw


Dave is the co-founder and back bone of Innovative Trials. Not only does he implement all the technical solutions, but he also carries out all the financial management. Prior to this he spent 18 years working in IT for a Business Services Company, Private Banking and as a technical consultant at a Major US Solutions Provider.

David Watkins

Chief Operating Officer

Claire works at Innovative Trials as our Financial Controller. As a Chartered Accountant, Claire brings her knowledge and expertise of finance to the company. Claire has many years experience in a number of finance roles, including 13 years with the Football Association and Wembley Stadium.

Claire Charalambos

Financial Controller

Laura is highly skilled in Coaching and Employee Relations, and has worked with strategy development across all areas of clinical and non-clinical operations. She is experienced in managing change across trading and clinical areas, including implementation of reward packages, as well as policy review, development and implementation.

Laura Burt

Head of HR

Our Mission

“To enable all patients to have faster access to life-improving treatments by accelerating clinical development and engaging with communities.”

Equality and Diversity Commitment

Innovative Trials is committed to ensuring we eliminate discrimination from all of our processes and culture. Our Equality and Diversity Committee is here to support the company in creating an organisation where the working environment is accessible, responsive and appropriate to people where all employees can fully contribute, develop and flourish at work, irrespective of their personal characteristics.

Take an overview of equality, diversity and human rights issue to support the company’s strategic agenda in this area.

Work within Equality and Human Rights Commission guidelines and codes of practice.

To oversee the design, implementation and periodic review of IT’s equality objectives.

To oversee the implementation, completion, monitoring, audit and evaluation of the Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) process for policy and procedures.

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Our Partnerships


Road to Equality is a taskforce created by Innovative Trials, COUCH Health, and Egality to improve diversity in UK health research and clinical trials.

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Alzheimers Research UK

Every year, Innovative Trials supports a different charity partner. This year we have agreed to support Alzheimer’s Research UK through a series of fundraising events.

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Our Awards

2021 Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Awards Winners Logo

Best Global Patient Recruitment Company 2021

Global Health & Pharma Awards

International Trade 2020-2025

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

Business Woman of the Year – Finalist 2019

National Business Women’s Awards

Business of the Year 2019

Inspire Hertfordshire Awards

High Growth Business of the Year 2019

SME Heartfordshire Business Awards

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We have extensive experience of study phases I to IV, adults and paediatrics and both acute and chronic conditions.

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