Chief Executive, UKRI

Professor Sir Mark Walport


Sir Mark Walport is the Chief Executive of the newly formed UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which is responsible for the public funding of research and innovation.

He was Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) and Head of the Government Office for Science from April 2013 to September 2017.

His previous career highlights include:

  • Director of the Wellcome Trust
  • Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Medicine at Imperial College London
  • member of the India-UK CEO Forum and UK-India Round Table
  • member of the advisory board of Infrastructure UK
  • non-executive member of the Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research

Mark received a knighthood in the 2009 New Year Honours List for services to medical research and was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society in 2011.

Chief Executive, UKRI

Previous roles in government

  1. Head of Government Science and Engineering Profession

    • 2013 to 2017
  2. Government Chief Scientific Adviser

    • 2013 to 2017


  1. Animal research: then and now
  2. Welcome to 'Newgatesland'
  3. Gene 'edits' and other words that don't help
  4. All the talents: policy needs social science and humanities’ input
  5. Medicine, science and values - with hindsight and foresight
  6. Bridging the gap between scientific and value judgements
  7. Crop protection: managing risk, not avoiding it
  8. Launch of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser's annual report 2014
  9. Managing risk, not avoiding it
  10. Ambassadors for evidence