Government Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of Science and Engineering Profession

Professor Sir Mark Walport


Sir Mark Walport was appointed Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) and Head of the Government Office for Science in April 2013.

As GCSA Mark is co-chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology (CST).

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.

Government Chief Scientific Adviser

The 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

Head of Science and Engineering Profession

The Head of the Science and Engineering Profession (HoSEP) 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 HoSEPs to ensure that scientists are able to access the right professional skills and learning and development activities within their departments


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