Visiting Professor at University College London and Chairman of the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) in Singapore, roles he combines in a portfolio with a number of other part-time non-executive, advisory and pro-bono positions. Sir John O’Reilly served as Director General of Knowledge and Innovation for UK government (2013-2015). He was Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University (2006-2013), Chief Executive of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (2001-2006) and previously held various academic (Essex, Bangor and UCL) and industrial (Ultra Electronics, BT, IDB Ltd, CAST Ltd.) appointments
Active in the profession (RAEng, IET, IEEE etc.) he is a Trustee of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Director of ERA Foundation Ltd., a Commissioner for the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 and has for some years chaired NICC, the pan-industry and government body responsible for ensuring telecommunication network and service interoperability in the UK.
Author of some 400 research papers in ICT his contributions have been recognised by the award of the J J Thompson Medal (IEE 2004) and a Knighthood (2007).