Nicola Blackwood

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(politician)
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Born16 October 1979
Alma materSt Anne's College (Oxford), Somerville College (Oxford), Emmanuel College (Cambridge)
PartyConservative

Employment.png Genomics England/Chair

In office
1 May 2020 - Present
Preceded byDido Harding

Employment.png Life Sciences Minister

In office
10 January 2019 - 13 February 2020

Employment.png Member of the House of Lords Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
1 February 2019 - Present

Employment.png Advisory Board,  Eagle Genomics Ltd

In office
20 November 2017 - January 2019

Nicola Claire Blackwood, Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford, (born 16 October 1979) is a British politician of the Conservative Party who was appointed Chair of Genomics England on 1 May 2020.[1]

Genomics England

On 1 May 2020, Baroness Blackwood was appointed Chair of Genomics England, succeeding Baroness Dido Harding, who had served as Interim Chair since November 2019. Baroness Blackwood said:

"I’m thrilled to accept the honour of becoming Genomics England’s Chair. This is a tremendously important time to be able to contribute to Life Sciences in this country. I truly believe that genomics will continue to transform healthcare, allowing us to build a sustainable healthcare system, delivering personalised and predictive care to everybody. I’m absolutely committed to supporting Genomics England as best I can, through the fight against COVID-19 and beyond."[2]

Political career

Nicola Blackwood was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Oxford West and Abingdon from May 2010 to May 2017 when she chaired the Science and Technology Select Committee (2015-16) and served as a junior Health Minister (2016-17). She was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Matt Hancock MP (2012-15) and Vice Chair of the Conservative Party (2010-12).[3]

Having been created a life peer, Baroness Blackwood was appointed on 10 January 2019 to replace Lord O’Shaughnessy as a junior Minister for Innovation in the Department of Health and Social Care serving in the House of Lords with the informal title of Life Sciences Minister.[4] On 13 February 2020, she resigned from her ministerial position in the House of Lords.

Music studies

Nicola Blackwood studied Music at St Anne's College, Oxford and Somerville College, Oxford, and later studied for an MPhil degree in Musicology at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.[5][6]


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