The Alan Turing Institute was founded in March 2015 as a Registered Charity (1162533) and Company Limited by Guarantee (09512457).

How the Institute is governed

The charitable object of the Institute is the furtherance of education for the public benefit particularly through research, knowledge exchange and public engagement in the fields of data sciences.  In 2017, as a result of a government recommendation, we added artificial intelligence to our remit.

The Institute is governed by its Board of Trustees who are also its Directors. The Board of Trustees is made up of independent members and nominated Trustees from each of our joint venture partners.

Read our annual report for the period 1 April 2017-31 March 2018:



View past The Alan Turing Institute annual reports and accounts:

Annual report 2016 - 2017

- Annual report 2015 - 2016

Founding members

The Institute’s founder partners are the Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, University College London and Warwick and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Answering a national need for investment in data science research, they formed the Institute as a joint venture in 2015, following an open competition run by the EPSRC.

Each founding university has appointed a Turing University Lead who acts as an interface between the Institute and the founder university.

Board of Trustees

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The Institute is governed by its Board of Trustees who are also its Directors. The Board of Trustees is made up of independent members and nominated Trustees from each of our joint venture partners. The Chair of the Board of Trustees is Howard Covington.

Senior leadership

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The Institute Director and Chief Executive is Professor Sir Adrian Smith. Research at the Institute is supported by a business team managed by COO Jonathan Atkins. The team includes partnerships, academic programmes and engagement, events, HR, finance, communications,  IT and research engineering, headed by directors.

Programme Committee

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The Institute's research programme is steered by the Programme Committee, working closely with the Institute Director and Chief Executive. The Programme Committee members are drawn from the Turing's founding partners.

The Chair of the Programme Committee is Jon Crowcroft, Turing Fellow and professor at the University of Cambridge.

Scientific Advisory Board

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The Institute’s research activities are underpinned by a Scientific Advisory Board, made up of international experts in data science and its applications, who meet annually to review the scientific programme.

Strategic Partners

A team of Programme Directors oversee research programmes undertaken at the Institute with our strategic partners.

Representatives from the strategic partners are regularly convened in a Strategic Partners Board. The role of this Board is to advise the Board of Trustees on the content and translation of the research generated by the Turing, and work with the Institute and across the strategic partners to identify new opportunities for collaborative research and translation opportunities.

Commercial Development Board

The Commercial Development Board provides advice to the Institute, facilitates the commercialisation of the Institute’s research and its engagement with the commercial sector.

Honorary Fellows

The Alan Turing Institute has an honorary fellowship scheme designed to recognise individuals who have substantially supported the Institute and its goals.

Anyone involved in the Turing community can nominate an Honorary Fellow. The Board of Trustees will review nominations, and expects to appoint a small number of Honorary Fellows each year.

Read our criteria for honorary fellowships and download the form to nominate an Honorary Fellow.

University Partners Board

The long-term interests of the Institute’s University Partners are represented by the University Partners Board, which advises the Institute on strategy in the context of the UK higher education landscape:

  • Jon Rowe – Birmingham
  • Nishan Canagarajah – Bristol
  • Paul Alexander – Cambridge
  • Arthur Trew – Edinburgh
  • Richard Everson – Exeter
  • Mark Birkin – Leeds
  • Chris Taylor – Manchester
  • Paul Watson – Newcastle
  • Charlotte Deane – Oxford
  • Wen Wang – Queen Mary
  • Wendy Hall – Southampton
  • Nigel Titchener-Hooker – UCL
  • Tobias Preis – Warwick