Professor Sharon Peacock joined Public Health England (PHE) in April 2019 as National Infection Service Interim Director.
Sharon is also Professor of Public Health and Microbiology at the University of Cambridge, and honorary consultant microbiologist at the Cambridge clinical and public health laboratory based at Addenbrookes Hospital. Having worked as an academic in microbiology in the United Kingdom and South East Asia for the last 25 years, she has trained 22 Ph.D. students and published more than 400 scientific articles and book chapters.
Her appointment as the NIS Director marks a welcome return to PHE having started clinical microbiology training with the Public Health Laboratory Service in 1992 (at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford). Following completion of training in clinical microbiology and virology, she became an honorary consultant in the Oxford laboratory between 1998 and 2009, encompassing the transition to the Health Protection Agency.
In this post, Sharon will focus on 3 areas. The first is centered around the workforce, ensuring that NIS is a great place to work. The second is the completion and dissemination of the infectious diseases strategy, an emblem of what PHE stands for and what we will deliver over the next 5 years. Lastly, Sharon would like to maintain our strong focus on research and development of the highest quality to underpin public health delivery with the best evidence.
Director, National Infection Service
The Director of the National Infection Service for PHE is responsible for leading on the development of the PHE infections strategy; directing PHE’s response to infectious disease outbreaks, and ensuring a strong focus on the use of sequencing in diagnosing and managing infectious disease.