Sir Mark Walport has been appointed the new Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation. Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society commented:
“Sir Mark Walport’s appointment as CEO of UK Research and Innovation is excellent news. Mark’s broad experience leading the Wellcome Trust and as Chief Scientific Advisor to the Government will serve him well as UKRI establishes itself as a strong and unified voice for science that can help tackle the considerable challenges that lie ahead, both national and global. Mark should also be well placed to address the concerns of the science community about ensuring that establishing UKRI causes minimal disruption to an already highly efficient research ecosystem and protects the autonomy of the individual Research Councils."