The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) has appointed 7 non-executive members to its Start-Up Board, established to advise the government on how to support the private startup space.
Members of the new DSIT startup board include astronaut Tim Peake CMG and Phoenix Court co-founder Saul Klein.
Klein said: “I am looking forward to supporting the Department in providing the best conditions for science and technology innovations to realise their full potential and to help address some of our greatest challenges across sustainable energy, healthcare and inequality.”
Further members include:
- Shonnel Malani, Advent International managing partner and Cobham and Ultra Electronics chair of the board.
- Ron Dennis CBE, founding shareholder and former chairman and CEO of McLaren Technology Group.
- Baroness Alison Wolf CBE, King’s College London professor, cross-bench House of Lords peer and previously the government’s expert advisor on skills.
- Melissa Di Donato, ex-CEO of SUSE Software Solutions, iNED at JPMorgan Chase and Porsche AG supervisory board member.
- Professor Jason Chin FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge natural sciences fellow and head of the Centre for Chemical and Synthetic Biology.
Its board, led by Malani, will also feature the government’s chief scientific advisor Professor Dame Angela McLean DBE FRS and a yet-to-be-hired national technology advisor.
The DSIT startup board members will advise the department on a temporary basis for 9 months until a more fixed board is put in place.
Science and Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan said: “This is a group of genuine pioneers and leaders, who will guide this Department with a level of knowledge and expertise the rest of the world will follow.”
Earlier this month, the government tech department unveiled its ambitions to provide full 5G standalone coverage to all populated areas by 2030.
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