Chief Scientific Advisers

Most government departments have a Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) to provide scientific advice.

Departmental CSAs work together under the leadership of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser to support each other and to resolve cross departmental problems.

They do this primarily through the CSA network.

Role

The network advise the Government Chief Scientific Adviser on all aspects of policy on science and technology. In particular, they:

  • provide advice to ministers, through the Cabinet committee system
  • discuss and facilitate implementation of policy on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
  • identify and share good practice in STEM-related areas, including the use of scientific advice in policy making
  • facilitate communication on particular high profile STEM-related issues and those posing new challenges for government

Membership

Government Chief Scientific Adviser Dr Patrick Vallance
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Professor John Loughhead CB
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Professor Tom Rodden
Department for Education Osama Rahman
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Professor Ian Boyd
Department for Exiting the European Union Chris Jones
Department for International Development Professor Charlotte Watts
Department for International Trade Dr Mike Short CBE
Department for Transport Professor Phil Blythe
Department for Work and Pensions Trevor Huddleston
Department of Health and Social Care Professor Chris Whitty
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Professor Carole Mundell
Her Majesty’s Treasury Philip Duffy
Home Office Professor John Aston
Ministry of Defence Simon Cholerton
Ministry of Defence (Nuclear) Professor Robin Grimes FRS FREng
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Currently recruiting
Ministry of Justice Lisa Barrett (interim CSA)
National Security Professor Anthony Finkelstein
Office of National Statistics Heather Savory
Food Standards Agency Professor Guy Poppy
Health and Safety Executive Professor Andrew Curran
Met Office Professor Stephen Belcher
Northern Ireland Executive Vacant
Scottish government Professor Sheila Rowan MBE
Welsh government Professor Peter Halligan

Alternative arrangements for the provision of scientific advice are in place for departments which currently have no CSA.

Guidance

Contact details

CSAnetworks@go-science.gov.uk