"It’s truly exciting to be part of the challenge to ultimately find interventions that will help diagnose, treat and ultimately prevent dementia." Martin Carmack
UK DRI Director of Finance & Research Services
Roles & Responsibilities
- Develop a broad-based UK DRI finance management structure that provides the appropriate reporting, stewardship and oversight of funds.
- Act in a business partner capacity to advise Director, COO, PIs and central team colleagues on financial issues.
- Contribute imagination and high-level problem solving skills and experience aimed at improving the productivity of the UK DRI
- Contribute directly to decisions on how to deploy research support across many years of future UK DRI programmes.
After obtaining a first class degree from Cardiff, Martin joined the Marks & Spencer graduate training scheme where he spent six years managing stores finances and then financial services from its Head Office. Following an internal restructure he joined Medical Research Council (MRC) in 2014, qualifying as a Chartered Management Accountant, and going on to manage the financial, HR and contractual affairs of its London, African and Oxfordshire research units. Martin was responsible for the transfer of several MRC units to the university sector and worked on a number of projects setting up new research institutes including the UK DRI.
He joined the UK DRI in January 2019 and works closely with the UK DRI Centres, central team, Trustees and Founding Funders in managing the financial affairs of the institute. There are two broad components to Martin's position. The first is an outward looking role, as a member of the UK DRI executive team, working with and providing assurance to external stakeholders most notably the UK DRI Ltd Board of Trustees and the institute’s founding funders: the Medical Research Council, Alzheimer’s Research UK and the Alzheimer’s Society. The second has an internal focus providing financial advice and stewardship of the funds supporting the seven research centres and the headquarters team. This involves working with directors, centre managers, university administrators, investigators across all six locations, collaborators and others.
Martin is a long-suffering supporter of Tottenham Hotspur and in his spare time enjoys gardening, bird watching and long distance running.