Executive Leadership Team

The Executive Leadership Team (ELT) is responsible for setting and influencing Genomics England’s strategic direction (with the Board); defining, delivering and evaluating Genomics England’s activities: providing leadership, both inside the organisation and externally as ambassadors and thought leaders.


Our Executive Chair Sir John Chisholm began his career in the automobile industry after graduating from Cambridge. He is a past president of the IET and holds a number of honorary Doctorates and Fellowships, including the Royal Academy of Engineering. He was knighted in 1999.

Sir John founded CAP Scientific Ltd, which grew rapidly to become a core part of the CAP Group plc and subsequently the Sema Group plc of which he was UK Managing Director. He became Chair of the Medical Research Council in 2006 and in 2009 he also took the Chair of Nesta.

Read more about Sir John Chisholm


In 2013 Mark Caulfield was appointed Chief Scientist for Genomics England, charged with delivery of the 100,000 Genomes Project on whole genome sequencing in rare disease, cancer and infection. The Chief Scientist’s team lead on all scientific activities for Genomics England.

Mark engages with NHS scientific teams and the general public to promote, explains and enthuses about the 100,000 Genomes Project, and oversees the Clinical Interpretation Partnership and Access Review Committee. He is also responsible as Head of Profession (Science and Clinical) for helping us attract and retain the best scientific and clinical talent to the Project and ensuring our clinician community can develop professionally and appropriately within the Project.

Our Ethics team is also part of the Chief Scientist’s team, supporting Genomics England in its ethical governance of the Project, working in line with participants’ consent, the Project’s aims and advising on compliance with relevant medical, academic and data legislation, regulation including Research Ethics Committee (REC) approval, professional guidance and good ethical practice. This includes seeking input from patient groups and Project participants. The Ethics team leads on ethical policy issues, and provides the secretariat for the Ethics Advisory Committee and its standing subgroups on Equalities, Consent and Legacy (the future of mainstreamed NHS genomics beyond the Project).

Read more about Professor Mark Caulfield


As COO and CFO at Genomics England, Graham is responsible for ensuring that the organisation’s overall operational efforts are delivering to our objectives and to stakeholder requirements, and for facilitating the development and evaluation of the corporate strategy and business plan.

Graham’s career spans over 25 years with management, commercial and leadership experience at senior levels in blue chip multinational companies with a turnover of up to $33bn.

Previous roles have included Finance Director, Vice President, Non-Executive Director and Chartered Accountant and prior to joining Genomics England, he was Global Head of Commercial Finance at AstraZeneca.


Peter Counter is Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Project Director at Genomics England.  As CIO he is responsible for the organisation’s IT and data technical architecture and for ensuring our technology staff can develop professionally and appropriately.

As Project Director, Peter manages the three projects that deliver our services: the Participants Project, which manages the collection of information about participants and their DNA samples; Bioinformatics, which processes the genomes and clinical data; and the Research Environment, which enables researchers to work on our data.

Prior to this, he was Chief Technology Officer at NHS Digital (formerly HSCIC), and has held positions at AstraZeneca and IBM.


As Chief Commercial Officer and lead member of the Business and Investment Committee, Joanne is responsible for Genomics England’s industry engagement strategy; developing, managing and accelerating relationships with commercial organisations to create opportunities for collaboration both nationally and globally.

This includes creating a portfolio of external investments and strategic alliances that advance technology and product strategies, and helping to meet research, development and commercialisation goals.

The Commercial Team is responsible for the administration of revenue and expenses to generate a financial return, working closely with all Genomics England teams and projects to identify and develop business opportunities.


Nick is an experienced and award winning commercial and procurement lawyer particularly in the health, transport and education sectors.

He is responsible for all legal activity within Genomics England including ensuring that the organisation complies with the law (Data Protection, Freedom of Information, Human Tissues Act) and the Company’s Articles and policies.

He is also responsible for signing off all procurement and contracting work.

Prior to his role at Genomics England, Nick was a partner in three Top 100 law firms: Pinsent Masons, DLA Piper and Bircham Dyson Bell.


Mark is seconded from the UK Department of Health and helps to co-ordinate the various partnerships within the 100,000 Genomes Project. This includes the GeCIP domains, the MRC-funded work in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, and links with other international partners.

He oversees the running of key Boards and committees, including the GeCIP Board, Steering Group and the Access Review Committee.

He also supports wider strategic links with UK Department of Health and other Government organisations.


Professor Sue Hill OBE PhD DSc CBiol FSB Hon FRCP Hon FRCPath is the Chief Scientific Officer for England and the head of profession for the 50,000 healthcare science workforce in the NHS and associated bodies – embracing more than 50 separate scientific specialisms. She is a respiratory scientist by background with an international academic and clinical research reputation.

Professor Hill has a broad portfolio of policy responsibilities across NHS England and the wider NHS and provides professional leadership and expert clinical advice across the whole health and care system. In particular, Sue is the Senior Responsible Officer for Genomics in NHS England has established NHS Genomic Medicine Centres and is now leading the NHS England Personalised Medicine strategy.

A significant part of her role involves working across government, with the Department of Health, with the NHS, Public Health and Health Education England and other external stakeholders to inform policy, influence legislation, deliver strategic change and to introduce new and innovative ways of working.


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