Former UKRI leaders recognised in New Year Honours

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Two former UKRI leaders have been recognised for their services to research and innovation in the 2024 New Year Honours.

Professor John Iredale, former Interim Executive Chair of the Medical Research Council (MRC), has received a knighthood for services to medical research.

In addition, Alexandra Vincent, former Chief Operating Officer of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to research funding.

Services to medical research

Professor John Iredale

Professor John Iredale

Professor Iredale took up the role of Interim Executive Chair of MRC in January 2022, joining on secondment from the University of Bristol where he is Pro-Vice Chancellor for Health.

He was previously the Director of the MRC Centre for Inflammation Research and the Regius Chair of Medical Science in Edinburgh, and served on MRC’s council since 2016.

Professor Iredale was Interim Executive Chair for MRC until October 2023, when he was succeeded by Professor Patrick Chinnery as Executive Chair.

Services to research funding

Alexandra Vincent

Alexandra Vincent

Alexandra Vincent served as Chief Operating Officer for AHRC and UKRI International for four years until September 2022, after a number of roles within the research councils.

She is now Divisional Registrar and Chief Operating Officer of the Humanities Division at the University of Oxford.

Tremendous value of research and innovation

UKRI Chief Executive Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser said:

It is good to see the tremendous value of research and innovation recognised in the New Year Honours list, and I would like to send my warmest congratulations to all those recognised.

I am delighted to see the awards to Professor John Iredale and Alexandra Vincent.

Professor Iredale’s experience, knowledge and wisdom were powerful assets throughout his service as MRC Interim Executive Chair, and I am immensely grateful to him for his leadership.

Alexandra Vincent made invaluable contributions in a number of roles at UKRI, most recently as Chief Operating Officer for AHRC and UKRI International, and I am deeply grateful to her for the service she provided to UKRI and the research and innovation community.

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