Professor Lucy Chappell

MRC Council member

Professor Lucy Chappell FMedSci is a member of the Medical Research Council (MRC) Council.

Professor Chappell is the Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health and Social Care.

Professor Chappell has overall responsibility for the department’s research and development. This includes the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), the government’s major funder of clinical, public health, social care and translational research.

Reporting to the Chief Medical Officer, the Chief Scientific Adviser provides science advice and analysis to ministers across the range of health topics and is involved in cross-government science policy.

Professor Chappell is:

  • Professor of Obstetrics at King’s College London
  • Honorary Consultant Obstetrician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • an NIHR senior investigator

She will undertake the Chief Scientific Adviser role on secondment into government, while continuing some of her clinical and academic work.

Last updated: 1 September 2023

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