Rosie Wakeham has been appointed HDR UK’s new Head of Training, a role in which she will play a key part in developing its role in providing training and learning opportunities to nurture the skills of new and existing health data scientists.

As the national institute for health data science HDR UK wants to ensure that talented people from every background and all four home nations can thrive in this rapidly-advancing field.

Rosie graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in biological sciences in 2013 before going on to work for a wildlife and conservation charity, doing a stint in PR, then spending three years with the Royal Society of Biology.

While at the RSB she helped shape the society’s professional development offering by organising its suite of online and in-person training courses and leading other initiatives for example its work around apprenticeships, very much laying the foundations for her position at HDR UK.

This included engaging with master’s and doctoral students and early career scientists like those HDR UK works with through its MSc and PhD programmes, as well as its workshops, online HDR UK Futures platform, apprenticeships, internships and other initiatives.

Rosie Wakeham, HDR UK Head of Training:

“I’m fascinated by the idea of using health-related data to answer some of the big questions facing healthcare in this country. It’s a very exciting area to be working in. I’m very much looking forward to making use of my expertise in training and professional development in such a burgeoning field.”

Sarah Cadman, HDR UK Programme Director for Talent and Training:

“Rosie brings a wealth of experience to HDR UK after working on training and learning programmes with scientists all across the country in her previous role at the RSB. Nurturing existing talent and training new health data scientists is fundamental to our mission and Rosie has the skills and experience to help us in achieving our goals.”