Chief Scientific Advisers

Every government department has a chief scientific adviser (CSA).

Departmental CSAs work together under the leadership of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser to support each other and to address and advise on cross-cutting issues. They do this primarily through the Chief Scientific Advisers Committee (CSAC).


CSAC advise the Government Chief Scientific Adviser on all aspects of policy on science and technology. In particular, the committee:

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


Government Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Sir Mark Walport
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Professor John Perkins CBE
Department for Communities and Local Government Stephen Aldridge (Interim)
Department for Education Vacant
Department of Energy and Climate Change Professor David Mackay
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Professor Ian Boyd
Department of Health Professor Dame Sally Davies
Department for International Development Professor Christopher Whitty
Department for Transport Professor Rod Smith
Department for Work and Pensions Dr Bill Gunnyeon
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Professor Robin Grimes
Her Majesty’s Treasury Dr James Richardson
Home Office Professor Bernard Silverman
Ministry of Defence Professor Vernon Gibson
Ministry of Justice Rebecca Endean
National Security Professor Nick Jennings
Food Standards Agency Vacant
Forestry Commission Professor Peter Freer-Smith
Health and Safety Executive Dave Bench
Met Office Professor Dame Julia Slingo
Scottish Government Professor Muffy Calder
Welsh Government Professor Julie Williams
Northern Ireland Professor Bennadette Hannigan (Interim)


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