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Marie is our regional genomic lead nurse who joined the NEY GMSA in 2022 and was established in the North West GMSA in 2021. Starting her nursing career in 1988, she has a proven track record of delivering new programmes and bespoke health and care projects locally, regionally, and nationally.

In Marie’s early career, she specialised in heart and lung disease critical care, leading to opportunities for roles in regional Transplant Coordination, establishing a regional Lung Transplantation service and positions in lung cancer. Relocating in 2002 to the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital Dublin, Ireland, as the Advanced Nurse Practitioner helping establish the Irish National Lung Transplant Programme. The 2004 completion of the new build National Heart and Lung Transplant Unit culminated in the first-ever lung transplant on the island of Ireland in May 2005.

A secondment followed to the Mater & Children’s Hospital Development as Assistant Director of Nursing Nurse Planning Officer. Responsible for the Decanting and Enabling Programme and leading the Aspergillus Protection Programme of Works required pre-demolition before the new hospital’s development was constructed.

Relocating to Manchester in 2008, Marie helped establish the National Aspergillus Centre (NAC), shaping the NAC nursing services and coordinating an extensive Translational Research Portfolio parallel to clinical service delivery. Commissioned by the CGD Society charity, from 2008 to 2013, Marie founded a nurse-led National Adult Chronic Granulomatous Disorder (CGD) Service in collaboration with Great Ormond Street Hospital Paediatric nurse-led CGD service.

Championing the inclusion of patient voices through Patient Public Engagement and Participation (PPIE) continues to be a passion. Completing an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice in 2002, Marie continues to incorporate the four pillars of advanced clinical practice: clinical practice; research and innovation; workforce education; and leadership and management. Currently undertaking a genomic medicine focussed postgraduate certificate.

Marie is passionate about empowering nurses to embed genomics into their everyday practice to improve patient and family outcomes. Working closely with national health and care providers, policymakers, professionals, and patient groups promoting the integration of genomics into clinical practice, Marie realises that genomics is integral to benefitting all patient groups she has cared for throughout her career.

Recognising the positive impacts of the genomic revolution motivates Marie to engage and encourage her fellow nurses on their genomics journey of discovery, helping to transform their patient pathways.