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Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser to join UKRI as new Chief Executive

Business Secretary Alok Sharma has announced that Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser DBE FRS will join UK Research and Innovation as its new Chief Executive. She will succeed Sir Mark Walport who announced in September last year that he would retire in 2020. Professor Leyser will start her new role on Monday June 29.

Ottoline Leyser is Professor of Plant Development and Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge (please see below for full biography). She is currently a council member for the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

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