Charles Lister is an experienced policy official and trainer in policy development, UK & European legislation, and the management of public consultation and dialogue.
Charles gained his first experience of working with Ministers as a member of the Bill Team for the 1986 Social Security Act. Subsequent policy roles included working on politically sensitive issues such as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy and HIV/AIDS health promotion.
From 1998-2003 he was Head of Blood Policy at the Department of Health. Between 2003 and 2009, Charles was Head of Policy at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), where, amongst other things, he led public consultations on new scientific developments and engaged as a stakeholder with negotiations on a new EU Directive and in influencing Parliament and the Department of Health on the drafting of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008. His final role was as Head of NHS Leadership, ensuring Ministerial support for a new NHS Leadership Academy.
He is currently Deputy Chair of the Caxton Foundation, a charity set up by the government to provide financial support to people infected with hepatitis C by the NHS.