The Alan Turing Institute has awarded Turing Honorary Fellowships to former Chair of the Board, Howard Covington, and former Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Christine Foster, in recognition of their services to the national institute for data science and AI.

Honorary Fellows are people who have contributed significantly to the promotion and goals of the Institute.

Christine joined the Turing in 2017 as Director of Innovation, before becoming CCO. She was part of a significant period of growth at the Turing, leading the expansion of the Research Engineering Group (REG) and the development of a Delivery Partner Network.

Christine also oversaw identification and acquisition of new partners, and the expansion of the Programme Management team to support and improve our research programmes. She also provided support to the Turing’s first spin-out Quaisr (focused on digital twin technology), and now holds a senior role at the data analytics and brand consulting company Kantar Public.

Christine said: “It is lovely to have this recognition of my connection with the Turing. I am still working within the UK’s data science ecosystem, and it gives me a lot of comfort to know that the Turing is here. I will continue to cheer your successes, impact and influence.”

Howard was Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2015 to 2022. He helped shape the Turing from its early inception to its formal launch in 2016, through the expansion of the university partner network in 2018 to today, where the Institute is developing its vision for its next phase and working with EPSRC to secure our role in UKRI’s national AI programme.

Howard helped build relationships with businesses and facilitated the development and ongoing management of a number of key strategic partnerships, before handing over the Chair of the Board of Trustees role to Dr Douglas Gurr in July.

Howard said: “I am delighted and privileged to receive this fellowship. The Turing has established itself as a major force in AI in this country, and has a reputation that precedes it around the world.”

Sir Adrian Smith, Institute Director and Chief Executive at the Turing, said: “The Turing Honorary Fellowship is the highest honour that the Institute can confer on an individual. It is my great pleasure to congratulate Christine and Howard on all that they achieved during their time here.”