Oliver Francis

Head of Communications & Knowledge Exchange, MRC Epidemiology Unit & CEDAR

Email: ocf26@cam.ac.uk
Telephone: 01223 746892

For information about media enquiries, please see www.cedar.iph.cam.ac.uk/contact-us

Address: 
UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR)
MRC Epidemiology Unit
University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine
Box 285 Institute of Metabolic Science
Cambridge Biomedical Campus
Cambridge, CB2 0QQ

Qualifications
BA Human Sciences, Oxford, 1998

Background and experience
Before taking on his current role across the MRC Epidemiology Unit and CEDAR, 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.

Work at CEDAR
Oliver leads on communications and knowledge exchange across the 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 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. You can find out more about working with CEDAR here. Oliver also manages this website, so please contact him with any web queries.