Professor Dame Sue Hill is the Chief Scientific Officer for England and has a broad portfolio of policy responsibilities across NHS England and NHS Improvement and the wider NHS, providing professional and national programme leadership and expert clinical scientific advice across the whole health and care system.

A significant part of her role involves working across government, with the Department of Health and Social Care, with the NHS, UK Health Security Agency and Health Education England and other partners to inform policy, influence legislation, deliver strategic change and to introduce new and innovative technologies and diagnostics and interventions and new ways of working.

Sue was made a Dame Commander in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours “For services to the 100,000 Genome Project and to NHS Genomic Medicine”. In both 2020 and 2021, Professor Hill was named one of the 100 most influential people in the English NHS and health policy.

From the start of the pandemic Dame Sue has been working as CSO for England in the national COVID-19 testing programme leading a significant portfolio on testing technologies, validation and regulatory compliance and has been co- directing the SARS CoV 2 sequencing programme.

For 2021’s International Women’s Day, she praised the crucial work that women have done across the world in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“These awards recognise the significant contribution women have made across science, technology and engineering to our national efforts in the COVID-19 pandemic. We expect the awards to demonstrate the breadth and depth of the contribution that women have made which has all come together as part of a critical and ongoing national response.

I am a passionate supporter and campaigner for women working in science and technology across the United Kingdom, in whatever field or speciality. Women play an often understated yet crucial role in STEM; for example, in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, delivering our critical infrastructure and STEM education and training, and in our ability to use and analyse data to tackle the major global challenges. I am proud to celebrate all of them and their achievements.” Professor Dame Sue Hill


Professor Dame Sue Hill FMedSci FRSB FRCP (Hon) FRCPath (Hon)
Chief Scientific Officer for England
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