We are delighted to announce the Neelam Patel has been re-appointed as a Non-Executive Director at the Health Research Authority.
Neelam joined the HRA as a Non-Executive Director in April 2021 for a three year term.
Her re-appointment was confirmed today by Will Quince MP, Minister of State for Health and Secondary Care, with her second term running from 1 April 2024 to 31 March 2027.
Neelam brings a wealth of experience to the HRA, having served as Chief Executive of MedCity, a health and life sciences cluster organisation for London and the south east of England, tasked with driving economic growth in the sector to place the UK at the centre of research and innovation globally.
Before joining MedCity, Neelam worked for several years in the bio pharma industry and also at the National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR).
Neelam Patel, Non-Executive Director
‘I’m delighted to extend my time with the Health Research Authority. This is a really exciting time to be working in research. The recent recommendations from the Lord O'Shaughnessy review have given us a clear direction to push forward, make changes and play our part to ensure the UK is an attractive place to do research.
‘I have really enjoyed working alongside the amazing volunteers in our Research Ethics Committees and Confidentiality Advisory Group – the work they do is phenomenal and makes a real difference.
‘Over the next three years I’m looking forward to being involved in the work to help accelerate research in the UK. This is a key focus in the HRA’s strategy and I want to use my experience of working in the pharmaceutical industry to help streamline processes and make it easy to do research people can trust.
‘I also want to make sure that research being carried out in the UK involves a more diverse range of participants. By involving people from all backgrounds we can ensure more effective results and I’ll proudly be championing this as part of my role for the next three years.’
Matt Westmore, Chief Executive
‘Working with and learning from Neelam over the past few years has been immensely rewarding for me personally, and for the HRA as an organisation. As a Non-Executive Director, Neelam skilfully balances holding us to account, with providing fresh insights from her extensive experience in the life sciences sector.
'I am delighted that our Minister has appointed Neelam for a second term, and I am excited that Neelam will continue to play a key role for the HRA delivering our strategy of making it easy to do research that people can trust.’
You can view the formal confirmation of Neelam's re-appointment on the Department of Health and Social Care website.