A Professor of Microbiology and has had a career as a research scientist at Exeter University for 20 years, prior to moving into senior University leadership roles.
Appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor for research and innovation at Bangor University before moving to Swansea University in 2010.
Hilary’s roles at Swansea included being the Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor and leading the strategic development, research and innovation, performance management (including league table performance), student recruitment and equality, diversity and inclusion agendas.
Prof Lappin-Scott was appointed to the working group of Lord Stern’s review of REF, to Research England’s Interdisciplinary Advisory Panel to advise UKRI and REF, was a panel member for REF2014 and is a panel chair for REF2021, led the Universities Wales research and engagement group and a member of HEFCW ‘s Research Wales Committee.
Hilary is the elected President of the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) having previously been the President of both the Microbiological Society and the International Society for Microbial Ecology.
She left Swansea University in September 2019 and is now CEO of Lappin-Scott Consulting Limited.