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Dr Lisa Cotterill

Dr Lisa Cotterill is an Executive Director at the NIHR Coordinating Centre.

Since 2005, Lisa has led NIHR's training and career development programmes to build research capacity across health and care.

Following a substantive review in 2018, Lisa reformed training programmes as part of the NIHR Academy to attract professional groups where research capacity is low. The programmes aim to break down barriers to career progression among a broad range of professions including nurses, pharmacists and social scientists.

Lisa also leads a range of initiatives across NIHR and in collaboration with external partners to:

  • build capacity in under-represented sectors such as primary care, public health and social care
  • 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.