Louise Knowles is Acting Deputy Director of Research Faculty, Infrastructure and Growth at the Department of Health and Social Care.
Louise is accountable for a number of areas of NIHR, including the NIHR research infrastructure which provides world-class facilities in the health and care system to undertake and support research. This encompasses NIHR Clinical Research Network, Clinical Research Facilities, Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres (co-funded with Cancer Research UK), Biomedical Research Centres, Patient Safety Translational Research Centres, Medtech and In-Vitro Diagnostics Cooperatives, and Applied Research Collaborations.
Louise leads the NIHR Faculty, which is the collective term for the people we support to lead and deliver health research, and to train as the next generation of health researchers. This is a diverse group of people – including academic researchers, operational delivery professionals and those training as future applied health researchers. She is also responsible for collaborations with industry, supporting the Government’s life sciences industrial strategy and maximising NIHR’s contribution to wider economic growth.
Louise has held a number of scientific policy and strategy roles within DHSC. She was previously a Foresight Researcher at the Government Office for Science and led a number of Research Programmes for the Food Standards Agency. She has a BSc(Hons) in Microbiology and Virology and an MSc in Public Health.