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UKRI appoints Director of External Relations, Communications and Public Engagement

UKRI appoints Director of External Relations, Communications and Public Engagement

Katrina Nevin-RidleyUK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has appointed Katrina Nevin-Ridley as its Director of External Relations, Communications and Public Engagement.

Ms Nevin-Ridley brings a wealth of communications experience from across the research and innovation sector to lead UKRI’s extensive communications and public engagement programmes. She joins UKRI from Genomics England, where she has led the complex strategic engagement needed to deliver the groundbreaking 100,000 Genomes Project.

UKRI Chief Executive, Professor Sir Mark Walport, said: “I am delighted with Katrina’s appointment.  She will be a vital member of the UKRI leadership team.  

“It has never been more important to communicate and engage with the public on every aspect of research and innovation. Her expertise will be invaluable in helping to ensure that UKRI communicates to the highest standards.”

Ms Nevin-Ridley said:  “I am delighted to be joining UKRI. My goal is to create the right partnerships, connections and conversations – across government, academia, industry and the public − to share and promote the UK’s powerful research and innovation story. UKRI is an incredible opportunity to harness Communications, External Affairs and Public Engagement to push academic frontiers, realise economic potential and positively influence UK culture and society for years to come.”

Ms Nevin-Ridley will take up her new role in October.

Prior to her position at Genomics England, Ms Nevin-Ridley was Head of External Affairs at the Student Loans Company, where she delivered a successful programme of communications, including leading engagement on a £100 million transformation programme. 

Before this, she worked at the Wellcome Trust as Head of Media, where she strengthened the Trust’s reputation as the authoritative voice of research, innovation and public engagement – both in the UK and internationally.