Baroness Blackwood appointed Chair of Genomics England
Baroness Nicola Blackwood has been appointed Chair of Genomics England, succeeding Baroness Dido Harding, who has served as Interim Chair since November 2019.
Genomics England was established in 2013 to deliver the 100,000 Genomes Project in partnership with the NHS and helped to cement the UK’s world-leading position in genomic science. Following the successful sequencing of 100,000 whole genomes in December 2018, Baroness Blackwood will support Genomics England through its next phase of development, which will see it move from a project-based organisation to a sustainable government-owned company, with a mission to facilitate and expediate genomic research, and accelerate the transition to genomic healthcare.
Baroness Blackwood was a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care from January 2019 to February 2020 and previously served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health from July 2016 until June 2017. She was elected as the Conservative MP for Oxford West and Abingdon in May 2010.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:
Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford, Chair of Genomics England,said:
Chris Wigley, Chief Executive Officer of Genomics England,said: