Sallie is an internationally recognised scholar in ageing, disability and rehabilitation. She is also an experienced methodologist in the area of clinical trials and high quality evaluation of health care practice.

She was previously the Director of the Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit and Centre for Rehabilitation Research at the University of Oxford. In 2020 Sallie will serve as a panel member and inter-disciplinary expert for the Higher Education Funding Council of England Research Excellence Framework assessment phase. She has served as a Chair of the Health Technology Assessment Board and other senior roles in National Institute of Health Research and is a Trustee of the Versus Arthritis charity.

Sallie has a strong commitment to improving the lives of older people through excellent research that answers difficult questions and can inform policy making and commissioning. She works to ensure research is translated into practice and to drive up the quality of methods and reporting used in medical research. Sallie has mentored and supervised many early career scientists, and is a strong advocate for team working and gender equality in the work place.