Article 27.04.2021

New Chief Scientific Adviser and NIHR lead announced

Professor Lucy Chappell FMedSci has been appointed as the next Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), following a competitive recruitment process chaired by the Civil Service Commissioner.

As Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Chappell will lead the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), working in partnership with the Director of DHSC’s Science Research and Evidence directorate. She will have responsibility for research policy, research management and delivery of the £1.3bn research budget.

Professor Chappell is Professor of Obstetrics at King’s College London, Honorary Consultant Obstetrician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and an NIHR Senior Investigator. She will undertake the CSA role on secondment into government, while continuing some of her clinical and academic work. Professor Chappell will take up the post in August 2021.

For more information please visit the NIHR website.