Chair of UKRI

Sir John Kingman

Sir John Kingman

Sir John is Chair of UKRI. He is also Chairman of Legal and General Plc.

Until July 2016, John was Second Permanent Secretary to HM Treasury. Over the course of his Treasury career John had a sustained involvement in science and innovation funding and policy; in total he worked on five Spending Reviews which prioritised science and innovation.

In 2004, John personally led the then government’s ten-year framework for science and innovation. He was also closely involved over many years in policymaking on R&D tax credits.

In addition to his HM Treasury career, John has worked in the Group Chief Executive’s office at BP, been a Lex columnist at the Financial Times and a Managing Director at Rothschild, the investment bank. He was a member of the advisory committee for Jim O’Neill’s review on antimicrobial resistance.

He is Deputy Chair of the National Gallery, a Trustee of the Royal Opera House, a World Fellow of Yale University and a member of the Trilateral Commission. He chaired the judges for the 2017 Wolfson Economics Prize, and recently undertook an independent review for the government of the Financial Reporting Council.

Last updated: 26 October 2020

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