Bernie Hannigan is Director of Research, Translation and Innovation in Public Health England and previously (2008 – 2014) was Director of R&D and Chief Scientific Adviser for Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland, preceded by academia / academic leadership with the University of Ulster. She was appointed as Chairperson of the Board by the Minister for Health on 26 April, 2021.
Bernie’s previous non-executive roles were Board membership of Invest Northern Ireland and of the Marine Institute. Currently she is a panel member for the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF, 2021).
A native of Dublin, Bernie graduated from Trinity College Dublin - BA(Mod) Natural Sciences - and PhD (Immunology) from the National University of Ireland for research at the RCSI. She led or participated in research teams that attracted significant external funding, authored over 100 papers and 2 textbooks, and supervised 20 successful PhD students.