Non-Executive Chair

Non-Executive Chair
 Sir John Kingman

Sir John Kingman

Sir John Kingman

Sir John was appointed as Chair of UK Research and Innovation on an interim basis in May 2016, to set up the new organisation in shadow form.

Until July 2016, Sir John was Second Permanent Secretary to the HM Treasury. Over the course of his HM Treasury career Sir John has had a sustained involvement in science and innovation funding and policy; in total he has worked on five Spending Reviews which prioritised science and innovation. In 2004, John personally led the then government’s ten year framework for science and innovation. He has also been closely involved over many years in policymaking on R&D tax credits.

In addition to his HM Treasury career, John has worked in the Group Chief Executive’s office at BP, been a Lex columnist at the Financial Times and a Managing Director at Rothschild, the investment bank. He is a World Fellow of Yale University and was a member of the advisory committee for Jim O’Neill’s review on antimicrobial resistance. He is also Group Chairman of Legal & General Plc and a Trustee of both The National Gallery and The Royal Opera House. More recently he chaired the judges for the 2017 Wolfson Economics Prize.