Ethics and GCP Forum

The ICR Ethics & GCP forum is the ICR's flagship event attracting a combined audience of over 500 delegates. The secret of its success is the dedication of the Team that plan the content of each forum. The Forum is held twice a year, once in Spring and the second in Autumn. This major Clinical Research Forum is one that should not be missed with regular speakers from The HRA, NIHR, and the MHRA . All the speakers give their time for free .


Tribute to Nicky Dodsworth

The ICR is deeply saddened by the loss of committed member and Honorary Fellow Nicky Dodsworth.


Nicky became a member of the ICR in 1996. She has been an active member supporting various events and initiatives over the years. Approximately 15 years ago she joined the steering committee of the GCP Forum and has been Co-Chair of the Forum for the past 8 years.  During this time the forum has grown from approximately 50 attendees – to being one of our largest events of the year with up to 300 delegates in attendance and a real highlight in the Clinical Research Calendar. The amount of time and effort involved in arranging the GCP Forum meetings should not be underestimated; this was all done in her spare time, as Nicky was also VP for Global Quality at Premier Research.   

Nicky had a real passion for compliance and was effortlessly knowledgeable.  Her experience included more than 30 years in clinical research focusing on quality and training with experience across most geographical locations.  With her unfailingly positive attitude Nicky could always be relied on to propose a pragmatic solution firmly aligned with the guidelines. Nicky was one of our most active members and was very generous with both her time and wisdom.  Her ‘can do’ attitude was evident in everything that she did.  She had great people skills and enabled productive group discussions, drawing out contributions from everyone.  She was always happy to share her experience, and many people from across the industry have benefited from her mentorship. 

It wasn’t only the ICR that benefited from her time and experience; Nicky had been a member of the Research Quality Association since the mid-1980s and was also actively involved with the European Forum for Good Clinical Practice [EFGCP].  There is no doubt that Nicky made a significant contribution to both the ICR and the wider Clinical Research Community.

Beyond work, friends and family were clearly important to her – and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.  Quick to smile, Nicky was one of life’s more vibrant characters.  She will be sadly missed.

If anyone would like to share any words in tribute to Nicky please email the ICR. We will upload any contributions here onto the Ethics & GCP page.


Nicky and I met through the ICR GCP Forum initially as members and both joined the steering committee about 15 years ago.  We hit it off from the start and soon became good friends, with very similar opinions and interpretations on clinical research and GCP.  In 2010 Dave Talbot retired as GCP Forum Chair and we volunteered to co-chair the forum, which in those days had about 50 attendees. Nicky contributed tremendously, proposing upcoming topics and identifying speakers through her broad network. She had very strong presentation skills, although she was never quite confident of that herself, and presented with an easy manner. Whenever we were both at conferences we’d meet up with others for a drink and meal in the evening which Nicky always ensured was bright and lively.  Nicky had a way of putting everyone at ease with her bubbling personality and good sense of humour. She was extremely proud of her family and full of tales of scrapes and achievements by “her boys”. Her commitment to clinical research compliance, and contribution to various committees will be sadly missed, along with her bright smile and can-do attitude. Nicky was a lovely, lovely lady and her passing is a great loss to the GCP Forum, to clinical research and to me, personally, as a friend.

- Janice Hedgecock


Nicky had a vivacious personality and was one of the few who could make GCP both enlightening and entertaining. I enjoyed a close relationship with Nicky and cherished our friendship. She will be sorely missed and was an inspiration to many of us. The world is a sadder place today, but we will continue in her legacy with memories of greatest fondness.

- Angus E Donald


Nicky and I worked together in ICR’s GCP Steering Committee for many years, including throughout my time as Chairman of that Committee from 2004 to 2010. I very much appreciated Nicky’s happy disposition and positive ‘can do’ attitude, even when faced with new challenges taking her out of her comfort zone.  Her busy day job gave her valuable global experience in the QA arena, which she was able to draw upon to propose practical solutions to achieve compliance in our highly regulated world. I was very please to pass on the co-chairmanship of ICR’s GCP Forum to Nicky Dodsworth and Janice Hedgecock eight years ago, as I knew the future of the GCP Forum would be in safe hands. Thank you for all your help and support, Nicky; you will be missed by many in the QA world of ICR, EFGCP and Premier Research, as well as your friends and family

- Dave Talbot


I am deeply shocked and saddened at the loss of Nicky. She was my very first boss in Clinical Research, always bubbly. We have remained friends over the years, I always look forward to seeing her at the ICR events. Much love to her family, especially the twins.

- Karen Roy


Terribly saddened to hear of Nicky’s passing.  Nicky was fantastic at getting everyone involved in group discussions and was more than generous with sharing her vast experience.  She always made time to answer questions, giving her opinion and opening up for others’ views.  My condolences to her family.

 - Pearl Boakye


I have known Nicky since the mid- 1990s.  We only communicated at various meetings and advisory emails but I was always glad to see and hear from her.  As you well described, "a vibrant presence".  I will certainly miss her.  She certainly made a difference with her life."

- Mary O'Flaherty


Although we worked together briefly on CRfocus in the mid-2000s, my main memory of Nicky was through her involvement in the GCP & Ethics Forum, where she was a strong contributor and a driving force for at least 15 years. She was effortlessly knowledgeable, with a keen eye for the grey areas where guidelines didn’t quite fit with the day-to-day realities of conducting clinical trials. She had an unfailingly positive attitude, proposing pragmatic solutions that were firmly aligned with the spirit of the guidelines. But, most importantly, although she was often presenting or chairing the meeting, Nicky was always one of the members – always generous with her time and wisdom. As a great contributor to ICR and to the clinical research profession, and as a lovely person, Nicky will be sorely missed.

- Andrew Smith


I have known Nicky for many years, and worked with her at events organised by the EFGCP, RQA and ICR.  Nicky had a strong ethical position on GCP, and she was well able to put her message across in conferences and workshops.  She was always willing to help others to overcome the hurdles of clinical research. But that was just the work side of this very special woman.  She radiated a wonderful sense of humour and optimism, which made her great company. Her energy and dynamism make it all the harder to accept that she has been taken from us.

- Paul Strickland 









Presentations from the Ethics & GCP Forum held on 16th April 2018 at The Cruciform Building


HRA Health Research Authority Update - Janet Messer

MHRA Update - Dr. Kirsty Wydenbach

MHRA GCP Inspections Shifting Focus & Current Trends - Mandeep Rai

GDPR General Data Protection Regulation - Dr. Rachel Smith

GCP Updates - Janice Hedgecock & Stuart Harris 



Each Ethics & GCP Forum closes with an up to the minute summary of the changes that have or will be taking place  prepared and presented by the Team. A light buffet lunch is available to delegates

Over the years the Forum has covered such topics as Trial Master Files , Putting Humans at the centre of compliance and quality, Clinical Trial Controversies , Changes in R&D Approval, , Ethical issues on determining the true consequences of research and seeking fair consent , The New costing template for NHS research  

The Ethics & GCP Forum continues to strive to deliver up to date information on what is happening.

  • Keep up to date with current ethical and clinical research issues
  • Learn about new industry and regulatory initiatives
  • Hear key industry figures speak about their specialist fields
  • Network with fellow clinical research professionals.