Dr Patrick Vallance FRS FMedSci FRCP is Government Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Government Science and Engineering (GSE) profession.
Patrick was President, R&D at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) from 2012. Prior to this, he was Senior Vice President, Medicines Discovery and Development. He joined the company in May 2006 as Head of Drug Discovery. He is a member of the GSK Board and the Corporate Executive Team. Prior to joining GSK, he was a clinical academic, Professor of Medicine and led the Division of Medicine at UCL.
He has over 20 years’ experience of basic and clinical research, and was a consultant physician in the NHS. His research spanned from work on medicinal chemistry and structural biology, through to cellular work, studies in humans and use of large electronic health record data bases.
He was elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1999 and to the Royal Society in 2017. He was on the Board of the UK Office for Strategic Co-ordination of Health Research (OSCHR) from 2009 to 2016. He is an Honorary Fellow at both UCL and Imperial College London, a non-executive director and board member for UK Biobank, a non-executive board member for Genome Research Limited and a member of the Dementia Discovery Fund, which is managed by SV Life Sciences.
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 Government Science and Engineering Profession
The 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