Clinical Start Up Solutions is a company specialising in Study Start Up for Clinical Trials within the UK and Ireland. We specialise in all aspects of Study Start Up Activities – including but not limited to HRA approvals and NHS contract negotiations.

Working with our stakeholders our aim is to submit and obtain all necessary approvals to enable clients to commence projects with ease and on time.

Clinical Start Up Solutions can provide your company with a full or partial start up package.


Katie Lloyd and Shona Wilson began a close working relationship establishing a Start Up Team in a large Contract Research Organisation. They developed a keen interest in the start up process within the UK.

“Our passion for improving this process, allowing studies to be up and running faster and more efficiently, led to the formation of the partnership in 2008 that is now Clinical Start Up Solutions. Our business has continued to grow on recommendations and we have developed preferred provider relationships with a number of major Pharma Companies”.

CVs available on request.

Katie Lloyd

Managing Director & Consultant


After graduating from the University of Surrey with a degree in Microbiology in 1992, Katie worked in several laboratories before going into Clinical Research at Covance as a Trials Assistant. Within a few months Katie was working as a Clinical Research Associate and continued to do so for several years, eventually working as a project Manager. In 2001 she moved to a large Contract Research Organisation as a Clinical Team Leader running several European studies and joined the newly formed Start Up Group in 2006.

Shona Wilson

Managing Director & Consultant


Shona began her career as a nurse specialising in critical care and in particular cardiology. In 1996, she moved fulltime into Clinical Research, establishing and managing the Research Unit, which resulted in a busy and successful Clinical trials unit. In 2000, she moved to a large Contract Research Organisation to begin her career as a Clinical Research Associate, moving quickly into the role of Clinical Team Lead; leading global studies. She moved into a management role in the Access to Patient Department assisting in developing a network of partner sites and the day to day running of the projects. Taking over the management of the UK Start Up group in 2006, where her experience in the UK approval process and start up procedures was invaluable.