Professor Russell Viner

AHRC Council member

Professor Russell Viner is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Russell was appointed as the Chief Science Advisor for the Department for Education in England in January 2023, providing independent science advice to ministers and senior civil servants in the UK government.

Russell is a clinical academic paediatrician at University College London. His research focuses on the interfaces of physical and mental health in young people and in cross-sector links between education, health and other sectors.

During the COVID-19 pandemic he was a member of the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies and the World Health Organization Technical Advisory Group on COVID-19 in Educational Settings.

Russell was elected President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health from 2018 to 2021 and is currently a Non-Executive Director at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Vice-Chair of the NHS England Transformation Board for Children and Young People.

Russell was awarded a CBE in the 2022 New Year’s Honours list for services to child and adolescent health.

Last updated: 13 December 2023

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