Director (Research, Innovation and Skills)
David Sweeney has been Director (Research, Innovation and Skills) since 2008. In this role he is responsible for developing policy on Research (including the Research Assessment Exercise and Research Excellence Framework), Business and Community, and Employer Engagement. He is also responsible for the Strategic Development Fund, and, working with Associate Director David Noyce, the London and East regional teams.
A statistician, David worked at two Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council research institutes before joining Royal Holloway, University of London where he was Vice-Principal (Communications, Enterprise and Research).