Chief Scientific Adviser, Interim Government Chief Scientific Adviser and Interim Head of Government Science and Engineering Profession

Professor Chris Whitty

Biography

Professor Chris Whitty was appointed interim Government Chief Scientific Adviser in September 2017. He was appointed Deputy Government Chief Scientific Adviser in April 2017. He has been the Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health since January 2016.

He is currently the Professor of Public and International Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a Consultant Physician in acute medicine and infectious diseases at University College London Hospitals and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases. He is also Visiting Gresham Professor of Public Health at Gresham College.

He was previously Chief Scientific Adviser and Director of Research and Evidence at the Department for International Development.

Chris is an epidemiologist and physician. Prior to joining DH he was Chair of the Department of Health National Expert Panel on New and Emerging Infections (NEPNEI) and the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP).

Chief Scientific Adviser

Responsibilities include:

  • overall responsibility for the DH research and development budget which includes the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)
  • research policy and supporting evidenced based decision making capacity in the Department.
  • member of the department’s senior leadership team and executive board

Interim Government Chief Scientific Adviser

The interim Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) is responsible for:

  • providing scientific advice to the Prime Minister and members of cabinet
  • advising the government on aspects of policy on science and technology
  • ensuring and improving the quality and use of scientific evidence and advice in government

Interim Head of Government Science and Engineering Profession

The interim Head of the Government Science and Engineering Profession is responsible for:

  • leading the science and engineering profession within the Civil Service
  • co-ordinating and encouraging the sharing of good practice
  • working with departmental Heads of Science and Engineering Profession (HoSEPs) to ensure that scientists are able to access the right professional skills and learning and development activities within their departments

Government Science & Engineering Profession

Previous roles in government

  1. Deputy Government Chief Scientific Adviser

    • 2017 to 2017
  2. DFID Chief Scientific Adviser

    • 2009 to 2015