BIS appoints new Chief Scientific Advisor

Posted on 26 May 2015 by Jonny Williamson

Professor Timothy Richard Dafforn has been appointed BIS’s Chief Scientific Adviser, succeeding Professor John Perkins CBE.

Due to take up the post on June 1, Professor Dafforn is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence for Synthetic Biology at BIS.

According to BIS, the Professor brings extensive valuable experience to his new role, not least through his work as the Director of Knowledge Transfer, Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

Professor Dafforn will ensure that the Department’s policies and operations, and its contribution to wider government issues are informed by fit-for-purpose science, technology and engineering advice.

BIS Permanent Secretary Martin Donnelly commented: “Professor Dafforn’s appointment as Chief Scientific Advisor brings a depth of knowledge and experience formed in both academia and as the BIS Entrepreneur in Residence.

“I would also like to thank Professor Perkins for all of his work over the past three years – in particular his highly successful Review of Engineering Skills.”

Government Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Mark Walport added: “I am pleased to welcome Professor Dafforn to the cross-government network of Chief Scientific Advisers.

“I look forward to working with him to ensure that the UK continues to lead the way in the use of science and engineering evidence by Government.”