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Science and Technology Committee publish findings of UKRI Chair pre-appointment hearing

2 July 2021

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has published its Report following its pre-appointment hearing with Sir Andrew Mackenzie for the role of Chair of UK Research and Innovation.

The Committee chose to hold the hearing to assess Sir Andrew’s suitability for the appointment as Chair, including his knowledge, skills and independence of mind.

The Committee concludes that, on the basis of the discussions during the pre-appointment hearing, its consideration of his CV, and the answers he provided to the Committee’s questionnaire, Sir Andrew's career provides him with the professional competence and many of the skills required for the role of Chair of UK Research and Innovation. The Committee raises concerns that a robust process should be put in place to manage any actual or perceived future conflicts of interest between the role of Chair of UKRI and Sir Andrew’s part-time role as Chair of Shell.

Chair's comment

Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, said:

“The last 18 months have left us in no doubt on the fundamental importance of research and innovation to our everyday lives. It is an exciting and important time for research and innovation and as UKRI begins to mature as an organisation. My Committee therefore felt it was important to hold a pre-appointment hearing with the Government’s preferred candidate for Chair of UKRI. Today, we are publishing our findings following our hearing.

Should Sir Andrew be appointed, I wish him every success in the role, and the Committee look forward to working with him."

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