Recently named one of the top ten most powerful women in the UK, Professor Dame Sally Davies is the Chief Medical Officer for England, guiding the Government on all medical issues, particularly Public Health.
As a researcher, Dame Sally focused on sickle cell disease, before becoming involved in research and development in the NHS. As Director-General she established the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) with a budget of £1 billion. She is now responsible for Research and Development within the Department of Health.
Sally has been awarded a DBE (Dame Commander of the British Empire) for services to medicine and is an Emeritus Professor at Imperial College London.
Dame Sally also represents the UK on medical matters on a global platform as member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Advisory Committee on Health Research; the International Advisory Committee for A*STAR, Singapore; and the Caribbean Health Research Council; and giving advice on research strategy and evaluation.