| Baroness Blackwood |
|Born||16 October 1979|
|Alma mater||St Anne's College (Oxford), Somerville College (Oxford), Emmanuel College (Cambridge)|
"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."
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).
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. On 13 February 2020, she resigned from her ministerial position in the House of Lords.