Vivienne Parry

British writer and broadcaster

Vivienne Parry, OBE, is a British writer, broadcaster, and facilitator. A scientist by training, she is currently best known for her many programmes for BBC Radio 4 but also has a part-time role as Head of Engagement for the groundbreaking “100,000 Genomes Project”, which will involve 25,000 cancer patients.


She began her career as National Organiser for the mother and baby charity Birthright, and during this time she worked closely with the charity’s patron, Diana, Princess of Wales. She joined BBC TV in 1994, presenting the iconic BBC TV popular science show Tomorrow’s World. She continues to make many films and programmes including one on the history of cancer. She has presented many science-based programmes for BBC Radio 4 including Inside the Ethics Committee and eight series of Am I Normal? Vivienne has been a newspaper columnist for the UK newspapers The Times and The Guardian, and for a while she was the “agony aunt” of Good Housekeeping magazine.


Vivienne is known as a campaigner, and she has a particular interest in cancer, setting up first the Prostate Cancer Charter for Action and then Cancer52, the campaigning collaborative for rarer cancers. Vivienne is a sought-after facilitator for major events including the G8 Dementia Summit. She has recently stepped down from positions as Vice Chairman of the Council of the University of College London and as a member of Council of the Medical Research Council