Who is Dido Harding?

BARONESS Dido Harding announced told the Lords science committee that she was "keen not to commit a date" on a new coronavirus test and trace app.

But who is she and what is her role during the pandemic? Here is everything we know…

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Who is Dido Harding?

Baroness Dido Harding is in charge of the NHS Test and Trace Service.

She is the chairwoman of the NHS improvement and was previously the chief executive of the TalkTalk Group.

During her time as chief executive, TalkTalk was hit by a hacking scandal which saw millions of customers' bank details and personal information accessed by cyber-attackers.

TalkTalk faced a record £400,000 fine from the information commissioner.

Despite the cyber attack she stayed on as chief executive until a year and a half later when she stepped down to focus on different jobs.

Before her top role with TalkTalk she worked in management for Sainsbury's and Tesco.

She is currently a non-executive director on the Court of the Bank of England and chair of the bank's remuneration committee.

When did NHS chairwoman become a baroness?

She is the daughter of Lord Harding and the granddaughter of Field Marshal John Harding, 1st Baron Harding of Petherton, who commanded the Desert Rats in World War 2.

What is her role during coronavirus pandemic?

Harding was appointed executive chairwoman of the NHS Test and Trace programme in May.

Her job has been to provide the details and direction of the scheme and overlook the creation of the Covid app.

Baroness Harding told the Lords science committee on July 6 that she was "keen not to commit to a date" on which any new technology might be up and running because such projects do not "run in a smooth way".

Who is her husband and does she have kids?

The 52-year-old is married to John Penrose, a Tory MP and former minister.

They have two children together.

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