Executive Director Dr Chris Tyler is set to leave CSaP at the end of May to become Head of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) - which provides scientific and technological analysis and guidance to both UK Houses of Parliament - in succession to Professor David Cope. Chris previously worked at Westminster as the science adviser to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee from 2007 to 2010.
Chris said: "I'm leaving with combination of pride, sadness and gratitude. I am proud of the way the Centre has developed, particularly the evolution and impact of the Policy Fellowships and Professional Development programmes. I am sad to be leaving just as the research programme is getting off the ground. And I am grateful to have worked with David Cleevely and the rest of the CSaP team, our Executive Committee, Associate Fellows and the network as a whole; it has been a privilege to have worked with so many erudite and inspiring people. Needless to say, the connections between research and public policy will remain at the forefront of my mind, and I look forward to working with CSaP in my new position and wish the team and my successor every success for the future."
Dr David Cleevely, Founding Director, commented: "In his two years as Executive Director of CSaP, Chris has kept up an extraordinary pace of growth and development, and his legacy will be a robust organisation with an established position in the world of science and policy. Chris has made his mark on all aspects of the Centre, not only our knowledge exchange and relationship-building between researchers and policy makers, but also our professional development programme and (most recently) our initial steps towards research into the relationship between science and policy. We all look forward to working closely with Chris in his new role, and to building further links between parliament and our network of researchers and policy professionals."
David added: "The search starts here for Chris’s successor, who will have to share Chris’s deep understanding of the nature and importance of networking, his demonstrated record and recognised profile in both the science and policy worlds, and his ability to 'speak both languages'."