How the Institute is governed

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

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.

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.

Find out more about our first year of operations in our annual report for the period 1 April 2016-31 March 2017:

The Alan Turing Institute annual report and accounts for the period 1 April 2015-31 March 2016 can be viewed here

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.

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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 University Liaison Director who acts as an interface between the Institute and the founder university.


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.

The Institute CEO is Sir Alan Wilson. The Institute COO is Jon Atkins.

The Institute’s research programme is steered by the Programme Committee, working closely with the CEO. 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.

Meet the Institute leadership.

Scientific Advisory Board

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.

Meet the Scientific Advisory Board.

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.

Meet the Commercial Development Board.

Business team

Research at the Institute is supported by a business team managed by Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Atkins. The team includes partnerships, academic programmes and engagement, events, HR, finance, communications,  IT and research engineering.

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.

Meet our Honorary Fellows.