Dr Ali Cook graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry in 1992, followed by completing a PhD in 1997 on ‘Blood Cell Filterability in Health and Vascular Disease’, both at the University of Wales College, Cardiff. Subsequently Ali worked as a Research Co-ordinator at Velindre NHS Trust, Cardiff for three years.
In 2001 Ali joined the NIHR Horizon Scanning Research & Intelligence Centre (HSRIC) at the Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham. Ali was Associate Director of the 35 strong team and Head of the sub-team focussed on horizon scanning for medical devices, diagnostics and procedures. During this time Ali gained extensive experience of line management and team leadership obtaining Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 2 Award in Team Leading in 2009 & Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management in 2013 and gaining her PRINCE2 qualification in 2016. Ali led on patient and public involvement & engagement programme (PPIE) for the Centre. In addition, Ali was a PhD supervisor and actively involved in teaching and personal mentoring to medical students (MBChB), organising and delivering training to national and international bodies and numerous oral conference presentations, both at national and international level.
In May 2017 Ali joined the NIHR SRMRC as Project Research Officer. This role was extended in 2018 to support the emerging Centre for Conflict Wound Research (CfCWR). Ali supports the writing of strategic bids, post-award set-up and delivery and all project management activities across both the Centres under Dr Karen Piper, the Programme Manager. In October 2019 Ali became the Deputy Programme Manager across the SRMRC and SFF-CfCWR.