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Dr Lisa Cotterill has been CEO of the NIHR Academy (formerly the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre) since 2005.
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.