Research + Experience

Bec Hanley and Derek Stewart

Training for patient and public involvement in research


Bec Hanley: 0796 708 6078
Derek Stewart: 07590 983876

About Us

Bec Hanley

Bec is co-director of a company called TwoCan Associates, which specialises in promoting and supporting user and carer involvement in health care and health research. Almost all of TwoCan’s work is undertaken in partnership with service users and carers.

Bec Hanley has spent the past twenty years working to promote the involvement of people who use services in health care and health research in the UK. She was the director of the INVOLVE Coordinating Centre for five years She has worked with a range of national charities, including Diabetes UK, Macmillan Cancer Support and Breast Cancer Care; with the NHS at a local, regional and national level; and with research organisations both in this country and in Australia.

Bec has a particular interest in clinical trials, and works as an adviser to the Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Unit on patient and public involvement. She has undertaken and published research on patient involvement in trials. Read more about our clients.

Derek Stewart


Born in Scotland, Derek Stewart was treated successfully for cancer of the larynx in 1995. A former teacher working with challenging pupils, Derek became involved in numerous aspects of patient involvement at a local, network and national levels. A blog of his views can be found at Making a Difference.

As former Chair of the National Cancer Research Institute Consumer Liaison Group, Derek assisted with the increase in patient participation in the establishment and work of the National Cancer Research Institute. Derek is a Trustee for onCore UK, the national cancer tissue resource, Chair of the Confederation of Cancer Biobanks and a member of the Cancer Reform Strategy Advisory Board.

From 2001 until 2006 Derek was Chair of Gedling Primary Care Trust in Nottinghamshire. In 2005 he took up the role as Chair of Nottingham City Crime and Drugs Partnership.

Derek still works as a freelance consultant with his own company providing training on patient and public involvement across charity and public sector. This contribution to health services in particular cancer led to being awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2006. Derek is Associate Director for patient and public involvement for the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Networks Coordinating Centre and is Chair of the Throat Cancer Foundation. Read about what people say about us.