Director of Human Resources

Vanessa Birchall-Scott


Vanessa joined the MHRA as Director of Human Resources in January 2015.

Immediately prior to her appointment she was the Strategic Head of Human Resources for Virgin Care; a private provider of NHS community services across England. Vanessa joined Virgin Care three years previously, following several years in Human Resources Director roles in a variety of NHS organisations and a career in Human Resources within the NHS which spans a total of over 20 years. Her Director portfolios included a range of other corporate responsibilities, such as communications, health & safety and business planning.

Vanessa is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and has a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management.

Director of Human Resources

Our HR division works with MHRA managers and staff to provide professional and efficient HR services including continuous learning and development. This is achieved by:

  • ensuring that all MHRA staff are provided with an HR policy framework that is clear, up to date and accessible
  • providing accurate, consistent advice and support on HR policies and procedures within reasonable time
  • enabling effective leadership and improving the overall performance of the organisation
  • developing people to be committed and skilled to achieve the agency’s objectives and enjoy shared success

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