Eliza Manningham-Buller

Eliza Manningham-Buller, Chair, Wellcome Trust

Eliza Manningham-Buller has been Chair of Wellcome since 2015, having served as a Governor since 2008. Wellcome is a global charity which exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. She leads a Board of Governors drawn from the worlds of science, business and public life.

In 2015, Eliza became the Co-President of Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs. She served on the Council of Imperial College from 2009 and was Chair of Council from 2011 to 2015.

She was appointed an independent, crossbench peer in the House of Lords in 2008, has been a member of the Privileges and Conduct Committee and the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy, and is currently a member of the Science and Technology Committee.

Previously, Eliza had a career with MI5 for more than 30 years, including a posting to the British Embassy in Washington. She served as Director General from 2002 to 2007 and before that was Deputy Director General, with responsibility for operations.

Eliza was educated at Benenden School and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She taught English for three years before joining MI5 in 1974.


SessionDate and Time
Plenary – What Covid-19 has shown about society and how funders should respondWednesday 10:00 AM