Sarah Cumbers

Evidence and Insight Director, Lloyds Register Foundation
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Sarah Cumbers is the Evidence and Insight Director at Lloyds Register Foundation. Sarah will join our ‘Engineering the built environment’ panel at the ODI Summit 2019

Sarah Cumbers is the Evidence and Insight Director at Lloyds Register Foundation. Sarah will join our ‘Engineering the built environment’ panel at the ODI Summit 2019

Following a degree in Biochemistry and PhD in immunology Sarah briefly worked in medical writing and the health voluntary sector before joining NICE, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (now Health and Care Excellence) in 2003. Initially Sarah supported the development of technology appraisals, NICE recommendations on the use of new and existing medicines and treatments.

When NICE’s remit expanded in 2005 to encompass public health, she took up a new role managing Information Services across the expanding Institute, leading a team searching for literature to answer questions that underpin the development of guidance.

In April 2013 NICE’s remit changed again, adding a social care guidelines programme to NICE’s portfolio. Initially NICE used different methods and processes for developing guidelines across clinical, public health and social care topics. Establishing a new change programme, Sarah led work to align these approaches, and to shape a major digital transformation programme covering internal operations and the transformation of NICE’s publications to support flexible presentation, reuse and updating. Sarah built a new data and analytics function at NICE as part of the transformation, establishing a team to consider the place of broader sources of data in NICE’s work and support bespoke analysis to reduce uncertainty in decision making.

Sarah joined Lloyd’s Register Foundation in autumn 2019 as the founding Director of a new Evidence and Insight Centre. The Centre will use data to identify and communicate global safety priorities, and identify effective interventions and research to improve safety outcomes. One of Sarah’s roles at the Foundation will be to encourage sharing and use of data to support better safety outcomes.