Chief Executive

Dr Jenny Harries OBE


Dr Jenny Harries has previously served on the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and brings a wealth of public health knowledge and expertise gained from working in the NHS and local government at local, regional and national levels. She played central roles in the UK’s response to COVID, Ebola, Zika, monkeypox, MERS and the Novichok attacks.

Career highlights:

  • Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England
  • Regional Director for the South of England at Public Health England (PHE) and PHE’s Deputy Medical Director
  • Joint Director of Public Health, for Norfolk County Council and NHS Norfolk and Waveney
  • Joint Director of Public Health, NHS Swindon and Swindon Borough Council
  • Local Director of Public Health, Monmouthshire Local Health Board and Public Health Consultant Lead for the South East Wales Regional Commissioning Unit
  • member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation since 2007
  • member of the Expert Advisory Group on the NHS Constitution
  • worked in policy, evaluation and clinical roles in Pakistan, Albania, India and New Zealand

Chief Executive

UK Health Security Agency is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care. The Chief Executive leads the agency and is accountable for its strategy and operations, and the effective and efficient use of public funds.

UK Health Security Agency

Previous roles in government

  • Deputy Chief Medical Officer
  • Regional Director, South of England