Chris Pook

Deputy Director, Science Systems and Capability at Government Office for Science (GO-Science)


Government Policy Director, Nuclear AMRC

Continuing Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Chris joined the Government Office for Science in September 2019, developing science systems and capability across the UK government - making the best use of science to support government objectives.

From April to August 2019, Chris was a Deputy Director in BEIS, leading work to help government and business prepare for economic shocks and opportunities.

From 2015 to 2019, Chris was the Regional Director for the Department for International Trade and the FCO Prosperity Network in South-East Asia based at the British High Commission, Singapore.

Chris has worked for the UK government since 1993, holding a variety of posts, often with a strong technology and innovation element. He worked for successive trade, energy and employment Ministers for two years before going to BG plc on secondment for two years to support international business development. Chris was posted to the British Embassies in Washington and Tokyo where he worked as Science Counsellor. Chris had experience leading the Green Economy team in the Department of Business, working closely with energy intensive industries, nuclear and offshore wind sectors; before moving to the Digital Economy Unit where he was briefly responsible for infrastructure and telecommunications policy.

To read about Chris' experience as a Policy Fellow in Cambridge see here.

  • 6 June 2023, 10am

    CSaP Annual Conference 2023

    CSaP's 2023 Annual Conference will cover topics such as economic growth and productivity; innovation and societal challenges; lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic; public health; climate & resilience; and decarbonisation and energy transition.

  • 29 June 2017

    2017 CSaP Annual Conference: How does academia contribute to the work of government?

    Our 2017 annual conference will bring together members of our extensive network to discuss some of the opportunities for policy makers at both local and national levels to draw on academic expertise in support of more effective policy making.