Francesca Lord joined the Communications Team at HDR UK as Digital Innovation Hub Engagement & Events Manager in January 2019.

Prior to joining HDR UK, Francesca was Event & Content Manager at The Whitehall & Industry Group, a charitable membership organisation promoting shared learning between the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. During her time here, she managed relationships with member accounts including NHS Digital, Department for Education and Virgin Care. She worked closely with senior figures in both government and industry on engagement events covering areas including health, Industrial Strategy, technology and digital innovation, as well as running a regular course on the ‘Workings of Whitehall’ and managing the UK’s leading annual Diversity & Inclusion Conference.

Previously, Francesca worked in a range of roles covering research, marketing, events and public policy, including as a Conference Producer in the life sciences sector.