Director for INVOLVE Coordinating Centre


Zoë Gray has been the Director of INVOLVE since 2016 and is based in Southampton. INVOLVE is the lead for the advancement of patient involvement and engagement in health and care research across the NIHR and beyond, and is sought out and admired internationally for its leadership, expertise and resources.

An avid champion of public involvement, and coproduction, across research and service delivery, before joining INVOLVE, Zoë was Chief Executive of a charity which improved the health, work and wellbeing of over 5000 individuals and families per year, who were facing signficant life challenges. Prior to this, Zoë was responsible for the strategic allocation and use of multi-million programmes of European Structural Invstment Funding (ESIF) across the South East region, building on previous work securing and delivering economic regeneration programmes through local authorities and cross-sectoral (as well as transnational) partnerships. Recently, Zoë has been a Board member of a Local Economic partnership and the Chair of their ESIF Committee, reporting to the National Growth Board.