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UK-Ireland, Accelerator, Education, Innovation, 2018

Leslie Harris appointed as Managing Director of EIT Health UK-Ireland

16th July 2019

The Board of EIT Health UK-Ireland is pleased to announce the appointment of Leslie Harris as new Managing Director for the UK-Ireland Co-Location Centre, effective 30 April 2018.

Leslie joins EIT Health after four years at the Cancer Research UK (CRUK). At CRUK she was involved in a variety of roles, including leading the award-winning Citizen Science programme, which sought to accelerate cancer research by crowd-sourcing data analysis through engaging public-facing apps and games. She also was involved in managing a portfolio of central digital, technology and change projects and managing a national programme of nurse-led health promotion and community engagement activities. Prior to CRUK, she worked as Knowledge and Innovation Manager for Ingeus Deloitte, managing organisation-wide knowledge, innovation and change projects.

Leslie graduated from St. Andrews University and obtained a Master’s degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and succeeds former Managing Director Dr. Katharina Ladewig, who was appointed Managing Director EIT Health Germany earlier this year. Read the full story here.

“From the UK and Ireland perspective, we are proud of Katharina’s leadership and success, and grateful for all her efforts in building EIT Health’s momentum. We are delighted that Leslie Harris will be taking over the role and we are confident that she will uphold and continue to foster EIT Health’s success in the UK and Ireland region” says Prof Bass Hassan (Chairman of the Board of Directors, EIT Health UK-Ireland).

Leslie joins EIT Health at an exciting time: proposals for projects and activities to be implemented in 2019 were submitted a few days ago, while EIT Health 2018 projects and activities are being implemented across the region with many activities and events currently being open for registration. Leslie will guide the regional office and aid EIT Health Partners through the implementation of current innovation projects, as well as through new EIT Health Calls, events and initiatives going forward.

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