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New MRC Deputy Chief Executive announced

16 Dec 2016

Professor David Lomas has been appointed as the MRC’s new Deputy Chief Executive.  He will take up a fixed term position on 1 January 2017 which will run to 31 March 2018. 

Professor Lomas will sit on the MRC’s management board and his role will focus primarily on supporting John Savill, CEO of the Medical Research Council, in driving forward the MRC Delivery Plan and ensuring that the organisation remains a world leader in medical science in preparation for the creation of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Professor Lomas joins us from University College London where he is the Vice-Provost Health, responsible for overseeing the largest group of medical researchers in the UK.

Sir John Savill, Chief Executive of the MRC, said: “I am delighted that David Lomas is returning to MRC as Deputy CEO.  He is an exceptional clinician scientist and leader, currently overseeing the largest concentration of biomedical scientists in the UK in his role at UCL, which will continue.  He will make an important contribution towards guiding MRC into the successful partnership we anticipate within UKRI”.

Commenting on his new appointment, Professor Lomas said: “I am delighted to be appointed to this role at the MRC. This is an exciting time for the organisation as we work towards creating UKRI and deal with the challenges raised by Brexit.”

Professor Lomas, as the Vice-Provost Health at UCL, serves as Academic Director for UCL Partners Academic Health Science Centre, facilitating and guiding the development of its six academic medical centres. In this role, he promotes close partnership working across UCL Partners to ensure that research expertise and outputs are combined across the whole translational pathway for the overall benefits of patients and the population. Professor Lomas is also responsible for facilitating health initiatives across UCL and building on key relationships with NHS partners, local universities and NHS England. He helped shape UCL’s participation in the establishment of the Francis Crick Institute and serves on the Board of Directors.

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