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Simon Denegri: Piloting patient involvement

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 10 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:j5782
Duncan Smith


Simon Denegri, 50, is national director for patients and the public in research at the National Institute for Health Research. He has also chaired an advisory group, INVOLVE, which aims to promote and support patients’ involvement in research. A graduate in politics and legislative studies from Hull University, Denegri has worked in the charitable, medical, and private sectors, including senior jobs at the Association of Medical Research Charities, the Royal College of Physicians, the Alzheimer’s Society, and Procter & Gamble. He tweets, blogs, writes poetry, and supports Crystal Palace FC, though not all at the same time.

What was your earliest ambition?

To be a pilot. I love flying.

What was your best career move?

More than one: joining the Alzheimer’s Disease Society in 1992, when it was at its pioneering best under Harry Cayton; becoming chief executive at the Association of Medical Research Charities in 2006; and being appointed chair of INVOLVE and national director (for patients and the public in research) in 2012.

What was the worst mistake in your career?

At …

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