Eleanor Wheeler

Eleanor Wheeler

Director of Oncology

‘I am motivated to make a tangible difference to patients and communities, and I’m really excited to be part of HPP’s approach of moving beyond written reports towards translation into real policy change.’


Eleanor joined The Health Policy Partnership in June 2021 and has been Director of Oncology since January 2024. She has strategic oversight of HPP’s portfolio of oncology projects.

Eleanor has wide-ranging links across, and insight into, the health-charity sector, having worked in a combination of academic research roles as well as for several non-profit organisations, all with a focus on healthcare. These experiences span mental health, multiple sclerosis and, most recently, cancer.

Before joining HPP, Eleanor spent seven years at Cancer Research UK, establishing a programme of public and patient involvement across the Research, Innovation, and Strategy directorates, and creating strategies spanning researcher engagement and political influencing. She has extensive strategy development and project management experience.

Eleanor holds a Master’s in Mental Health Service and Population Research from King’s College London, where she examined the relationship between narrative content and coherence with treatment outcomes in schizophrenia. She also has a Master’s in Social Sciences Research Methods, where she explored the effectiveness of community-based interventions for overweight and obesity, and a BSc in Social Science from Cardiff University where she focused on identifying barriers to help-seeking behaviours in anorexia.