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Government appoints new Chief Scientific Advisor

Professor Brian Collins has been appointed Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department for Business. He took up his appointment on 12 May, and already acts as scientific advisor to the Department for Transport.

Collins will give scientific advice to the Secretary of State, Ministers and the Management Board, ensuring the use of sound scientific, engineering and technological evidence across the department. He will also act as Head of Profession for the department's scientists, engineers and technologists.

He is Professor of Information Systems at the Defence College of Management and Technology (DCMT), Cranfield University, and an Open Scholar of St Peters College, Oxford. He holds a physics degree and a D.Phil in Laboratory Astrophysics from the same university.

Permanent Secretary, Sir Brian Bender, said: "I am very pleased to welcome Professor Brian Collins to the Department. He brings an excellent academic record and extensive experience advising government and other agencies. He joins the Department for Business at an exciting time, as it continues to work for business success in an increasingly competitive world."

Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor John Beddington, said: "This is an excellent appointment. Brian's skills and experience will allow the Department for Business to ensure its use of science is of the highest quality. I am particularly excited by the opportunity Brian will have to integrate science advice on energy and transport issues, to help mitigate climate change and improve competitiveness."

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