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Chief Operating Officer

Mike Blackburn

Mike Blackburn

Mike is UKRI’s first Chief Operating Officer (COO), developing UKRI’s operations in accordance with strategy and corporate plans agreed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the UKRI Executive Committee and board.

The COO Group consists of Operations, DDaT, Estates and a number of programmes to modernise systems and funding processes. Mike is a member of UKRI’s Executive Committee and will be working closely with Council Chief Operating Officers.

Mike has a wealth of experience in financial, programme and commercial management in the public and private sectors. He has previously served on an interim basis as Chief Finance Officer for UKRI and Chief Financial Officer for the Student Loans Company. He has also previously held senior positions within the former Department of Climate Change and Energy and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Last updated: 26 October 2020

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