Dr Lisa Cotterill Director for NIHR Academy
Lisa is the Chief Executive Officer of the NIHR Academy and previously the Director of the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre since 2005. The NIHR Academy designs, develops and delivers NIHR’s Training Programmes, career pathways and capacity development initiatives supporting over 4,000 award holders each year. Under Lisa’s direction the NIHR Training Programmes have been been reformed to attract professional groups where research capacity is low, including nurses, pharmacists and social scientists, breaking down barriers to career progression, especially for women. Lisa also leads a range of initiatives to build capacity in under-represented sectors such as primary care, public health and social care, and to upskill the research workforce in disciplines such as bioinformatics and data science.
Lisa’s previous experience includes research management for the Medical Research Council maintaining their portfolio for health services and public health research. Prior to that she trained as a research fellow with a focus on immunotherapy.