Science and Innovation Minister, Malcolm Wicks today announced the appointment of John Armitt as the new chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
John Armitt succeeds Dame Julia Higgins this week. The appointment is for four years. Malcolm Wicks said: 'I welcome John Armitt on board as Chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. His high level experience of business and work with government makes him well qualified to provide a strong contribution to the leadership and work of the Council.' Armitt is set to step down from his role as chief executive of Network Rail in July. 'Engineering and Physical Sciences are central to Britain's continuing success. The role of the EPSRC, in supporting research and knowledge transfer in these fields, is therefore vital and I am delighted to be joining the Council as its chair.'