As Programme Director for National Core Study Data and Connectivity, Lara’s role is to ensure the successful development and delivery of the Data and Connectivity work programme, by working closely with study leads at HDR UK and ONS, co-ordinating study activities and managing progress across a complex programme of activities delivered in partnership with key national organisations. The NCS Data and Connectivity programme aims to address the current fragmentation of the UK data infrastructure by working in partnership with stakeholders from across the four nations to organise medical, biological and social science data on an unprecedented scale and complexity.

Lara joined HDR UK from NIHR Applied Research Collaboration West, where she was responsible for efficient overall management of the ARC programme, working with a diverse group of regional and national stakeholders.  Previously, she has held various senior programme and trial management roles across the NIHR clinical research infrastructure, and before this held roles in laboratory science  (microbiology) and management.