Changes to Institute leadership

The Institute announces that after successfully steering the Institute through its start-up phase, Andrew Blake will step down as Institute Director on 31 March to focus on developing data science research. Andrew will take up the post of Research Director at the Institute.

The Institute’s Chief Executive, Alan Wilson, will take on the responsibilities of the Institute.

Howard Covington, Chair of the Institute, said today:

“We are deeply grateful to Andrew for the enormous effort he has put in to start up the Institute, including designing and procuring our great space inside the British Library, establishing a unique doctoral training programme, attracting key strategic partners, hiring world class academic researchers across our portfolio of interests and establishing the Turing lecture series. The Institute has got off to a flying start and is set to become a major force in the UK’s data science landscape.”

Andrew Blake said:

“Starting up the Institute has been a great experience, and I am proud of all that we have achieved together so far. I look forward to a continuing close relationship now as I switch my attention to developing research within the Institute.”