Senior UKRI figures recognised in New Year Honours

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Two UKRI board members and a former Innovate UK leader have been recognised for their services to research and innovation in the New Year Honours 2022.

UKRI board member Professor Anthony Finkelstein CBE has received a Knighthood for his public services.

Fellow board member Dr John Fingleton has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to the economy and to innovation.

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In addition to his role as a UKRI board member, Professor Finkelstein is the President of City, University of London and a Member of Academia Europaea, a Fellow of City & Guilds of London Institute and a Distinguished Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI).

Innovate UK council member Dr John Fingleton

Dr Fingleton also serves as the Senior Independent Member on the Council of Innovate UK and a Trustee of the Centre for Economic Policy Research and is the Founder and CEO of Fingleton, which helps business leaders navigate strategic regulatory issues.

Services to innovation

Dr Ian CampbellFormer Interim Executive Chair of Innovate UK, Dr Ian Campbell has been appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to innovation.

Dr Campbell was appointed Interim Executive Chair of Innovate UK in May 2018, having joined as Director for Health and Life Sciences in 2016. He joined LifeArc as Chief Business Officer in 2020.

UKRI Chief Executive Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser said:

After another year in which research and innovation have been so central, it is great to see the many researchers and innovators included on the New Year’s Honours list. Huge thanks and congratulations to them all.

I am delighted that two recently appointed UKRI Board members are among them: Professor Sir Anthony Finkelstein and Dr John Fingleton.

Their honours are richly deserved and I am grateful to have their experience and insight to strengthen UKRI and the UK’s research and innovation system.

Many congratulations also to Dr Ian Campbell for his thoroughly deserved recognition.

He has made outstanding contributions to the research and innovation system through his leadership as interim Executive Chair of Innovate UK, including in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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