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28 September 2017
The Chair of Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), Fiona Driscoll (pictured), has been appointed as a Non-Executive Board Member for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The 12 Non-Executive Members of the UKRI Board were announced today (28 September 2017) by Science Minister, Jo Johnson.Over the coming months the Board will work with the UKRI Chair, Chief Executive and the executive team, to ensure the successful formation and launch of UKRI, as well as the strategic direction of the organisation. This will include advising the Secretary of State on the allocation of research and innovation budgets, including the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.Science Minister, Jo Johnson, said: “UKRI has a pivotal role in our future as a knowledge economy. This is an exceptionally strong Board that will ensure the UK’s world leading research system stays at the frontier of science and innovation for decades to come.”Sir John Kingman, interim UKRI Chair said: “UKRI's Board brings together an extraordinary array of brilliant scientific and business leaders. Together with the emerging executive team led by Mark Walport, we will be superbly equipped to ensure the new organisation delivers on the great opportunities it has.”A key task for the Board will be to ensure the strengths of the Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England are preserved and built upon, and maximise the value and benefits from the government’s investment of over £6 billion per annum in research and innovation.
Appointments in full:UKRI Chair
Sir John Kingman– Chair of Legal and General Group Chairman and Former Second Permanent Secretary to the HM Treasury
List of UKRI Non-Executive Board Members:
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