Chief Healthcare Quality & Access Officer

Dr Laura Squire OBE


Laura oversees a large portfolio that is designed to ensure the quality and access of products to the UK market - this includes scientific advice, clinical trials/clinical investigations, licensing assessment, marketing authorisations and device registrations, inspections, enforcement and standard setting through for example the British Pharmacopoeia and Target Product Profiles.

Laura started her career as a post-doctoral research assistant looking at resistance to anti-malarial drugs at the Liverpool Institute of Tropical Medicine following her PhD and BSc in Biochemistry and Physiology. She has spent most of her career as a Civil Servant. After many years in operational work Laura moved into government policy in 2014. In parallel, she went back to university, gaining an Executive Master’s degree in Public Policy from the London School of Economics. Laura has extensive experience of regulatory and organisational transformation through her wider policy and operational work in other major government departments.

She joined the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency from the Department of Health and Social Care, where she worked extensively on the COVID-19 vaccine deployment programme.

Chief Healthcare Quality & Access Officer

The Chief Healthcare Quality and Access Officer leads the work of the agency in improving the safe access to medicines, vaccines and medical devices.

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency