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The Alan Turing Institute Appoints new Chief Operating Officer

The Alan Turing Institute has appointed its new Chief Operating Officer, Jonathan Atkins.

Institute Director Professor Andrew Blake FREng FRS said:

“I am absolutely delighted to have Jon join the Alan Turing Institute as Chief Operating Officer. It is a fascinating challenge getting the Institute up and running so rapidly, and we are very fortunate to have Jon play a leading role in this, with his track record of agility in bringing new organisations into full operation.” 

Jon AJon has over 25 years of experience gained in roles within technology across a number of industry sectors in startups, not for profit and large corporate organisations.  Jon is a Chartered Accountant and comes to the Alan Turing Institute from Lab49, a software consultancy and design company with offices in London, New York, Sydney and Dublin where he led the global finance, operations, facilities and IT teams.

Prior to joining Lab49, Jon worked for a number of years with the GSMA (a global mobile technology company with its headquarters in London and Atlanta) where he was Group Finance Director, CFO of its US based commercial businesses and Treasurer of its public US registered charitable foundation. During that time he led the growth of the business helping it to expand to over 800 staff with presence in over 25 countries including China, India, Brazil, Argentina and Dubai. He also helped deliver the success of what is now the world’s largest and most influential mobile event, GSMA Mobile World Congress, which is held annually in Barcelona and attracts close to 100,000 professional attendees.

Jon built and led an international finance team that was based in UK, US & China and along with taking ownership of the core financial performance of the group he was also responsible for international tax planning and compliance, risk management, treasury management and procurement and led a number of cross functional business improvement programmes including business systems implementations (Salesforce, HR and core finance tools), new office acquisitions (lease negotiations, fits outs and moves) and the replacement of a legacy 20,000 user client facing extranet portal. He helped secure donor funding into the GSMA Foundation from a number of partners including Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The MasterCard Foundation and Omidyar Network bringing together mobile operators, the wider mobile industry and the development community to drive commercial mobile services for underserved people in emerging markets.

Before joining GSMA, Jon worked in Financial Services as the Finance Director for a major broking division of Aon UK where he delivered a number of major outsourcing deals, business growth and restructure strategies and M&A projects.

Jon’s first role in commerce was as a divisional finance manager for a major defense electronics company where he worked to create an Anglo-Italian joint venture (Alenia Marconi Systems) as well as leading on a number of system improvement projects across the GEC Group.

Jon qualified as a chartered accountant in practice in Essex where he gained broad exposure to small and medium sized organisations including a number of startups across a wide array of industry sectors.