Nicola Blackwood

Chair of Genomics England

About Nicola

Nicola is an established leader in health innovation policy and strategy. She is Chair of Genomics England, a Member of the House of Lords Science & Technology Select Committee and Hon. Professor of Science and Public Policy at UCL. Nicola served as Minister for Innovation in the Department for Health and Social Care (UK) under two Prime Ministers where she led on Lifesciences, NHS Data and Digital Transformation and Global Health Security. She was the first female MP for Oxford and she was elected by MPs of all parties to Chair the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee. Nicola remains the youngest ever select committee chair in British history and the only woman to have held in that position. Nicola’s career reflects an abiding belief that science, innovation and access are mission critical to solving our greatest global challenges.