Paola joined HDR UK in February 2020 as Alliance Delivery Manager to lead the day-to-day management of all activities of the Health Data Research Alliance. Her role is integral to manage and deliver the Alliance work programme and support its growth and development, working in partnership with Alliance members and stakeholders from the user community as well as regulators and funders.

Prior to joining HDR UK Paola worked at Cancer Research UK, where she oversaw the development of data sharing and open science policies for researchers. She was responsible for ensuring that research data are managed appropriately and are shared to maximise reuse. Paola holds a PhD in microbiology from Imperial College and before moving to the charity and public sector she worked in open science publishing.