Understanding Patient Data Lead, Wellcome Trust

Dr Natalie Banner leads Understanding Patient Data (UPD), an initiative hosted at Wellcome in the UK to ensure uses of patient data for care and research are more visible, understandable and trustworthy. UPD creates accessible information resources about data use, commissions public attitudes and engagement research, and channels these insights into policy and practice so that diverse public views and values are embedded into decisions about data.

Natalie’s work includes exploring how to create trustworthy governance for developing new data-driven technologies in healthcare and research, focused on bringing benefits back to patients and the health system. She formerly managed Wellcome’s Parliamentary advocacy on GDPR and data protection, leading the research sector response to enable a supportive environment for research using patient and health-related data.

Prior to joining Wellcome, Natalie was a postdoctoral research fellow in philosophy at King’s College London. Natalie was named in Intelligent Health AI’s Top 50 AI Innovators in 2020.