Mr Oliver Francis

Head of Communications & Knowledge Exchange at MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge

Head of Communications & Knowledge Exchange, MRC Epidemiology Unit & Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR)

Oliver leads on communications and knowledge exchange for MRC Epidemiology Unit & CEDAR. He is responsible for traditional and social media outputs, and works to promote knowledge exchange between researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and other groups. The goal is that the groups’ evidence and methods can be used to develop, improve and evaluate policy and practice, and continue to be guided by the population needs of public health, wellbeing and sustainability.

Before taking on his current role, Oliver was Knowledge Broker for CEDAR, leading on communications and work with policy and practice. Prior to joining CEDAR, Oliver was Head of Internal and Corporate Communications at Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust. In his time there he worked across a number of communications disciplines: press and PR, stakeholder relations, internal communications, web and social media. He was also a member of the Trust’s service improvement team, safety awareness action group, and was involved in policy and governance development. In 2007-8 he was seconded to the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

Previously, Oliver worked as a researcher for television documentaries and in feature film development, and continues to work as a freelance writer.