BEIS Chief Scientific Adviser

Professor John Loughhead CB OBE


Professor Loughhead CB OBE FREng FTSE FIMechE FIET is Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Prior to this he was Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Before joining DECC, John was Executive Director at the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC). Prior to that, he was Corporate Vice-President of Technology and Intellectual Property at Alstom’s head office in Paris.

John’s professional career has been predominantly in industrial research and development for the electronics and electrical power industries, including advanced, high power industrial gas turbines, new energy conversion systems, spacecraft thermal management, electrical and materials development for electricity generation and transmission equipment, and electronic control systems. He has extensive international experience in both industry and academia.

John is a Chartered Engineer, graduating in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London, where he also spent 5 years in computational fluid dynamics research. He is Past-President of the UK’s Institution of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of both the UK and Australian national Academies of Engineering, Professor of Engineering at Cardiff University and Fellow of Queen Mary University of London.

BEIS Chief Scientific Adviser

The BEIS Chief Scientific Adviser is responsible for:

  • ensuring that the department’s policies are supported by the best science and engineering advice available
  • advising ministers and senior officials on science and engineering matters
  • acting as head of the science and engineering profession within BEIS
  • working with the wider community of Chief Scientific Advisers to share good practice and resolve cross departmental problems

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Previous roles in government

  1. DECC Chief Scientific Advisor


  1. UK Statement to the 61st General Conference of the IAEA