New Co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology


The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, appointed Lord Browne of Madingley, FRS, FREng to the Council for Science and Technology (CST) as its new independent Co-Chair.

The CST is the government’s highest-level advisory body on science and technology, advising on issues that cut across the full range of the government’s responsibilities.

Members of the council are leading figures in the science and technology community, including representation from academia and key high-tech businesses. Presidents from the national academies and the Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) participate as ex-officio members. Lord Browne will co-chair the council alongside the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance.

The Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, said: “Lord Browne brings with him a wealth of experience which will enable the council to continue to deliver high calibre advice on science and technology issues to the government. I look forward to working with him across a range of important issues. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dame Nancy Rothwell who has provided exemplary leadership and invaluable contributions over her 10 years as independent Co-Chair of CST.”

Lord Browne said: “The importance of science and engineering to human progress has never been more apparent. I am delighted to take on the co-chairmanship of the council, and look forward to working with its distinguished members to provide independent advice to the Prime Minister for the benefit of society.”

Lord Browne was CEO of BP plc from 1995 to 2007. He is presently a Senior Adviser to General Atlantic on Climate and Net Zero, as well as Chairman of the Francis Crick Institute and Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. He sits on the boards of IHS Markit, Pattern Energy and Spark Cognition. Lord Browne is Chairman of the Courtauld Institute of Art, a former Chairman of the Tate Galleries and a past President of the Royal Academy of Engineering.