Chief Scientific Advisor Transition Lead

Professor Isabel Oliver


Isabel Oliver took up the post of Director National Infection Service in April 2020 having held other roles previously in PHE. Isabel is also co-director of the National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit on behavioural Science and Evaluation at the University of Bristol and Senior Medical Advisor to the COVID-19 NHS Test and Trace Programme.

After a few years of working in acute hospital medicine, Isabel developed and interest in public health and epidemiology. Isabel completed the public health specialist training in the South West in 2004 and after 4 years working as a regional epidemiologist she took up the post of Regional Director of the Health Protection Agency in the South West. In 2013 she moved to Public Health England (PHE). Isabel led the Field Service of PHE with teams across England responsible for the surveillance, investigation and control of infectious diseases and the health effects from exposure to environmental hazards. Between 2019 and 2020 Isabel was Director of Research, Translation and Innovation in PHE.

Chief Scientific Advisor Transition Lead

UK Health Security Agency

Previous roles in government

  • Director, National Infection Service