Howard Covington

Chair at The Alan Turing Institute

Chair, Alan Turing Institute
Chair of the Board of Trustees & Development Board Chair, ClientEarth
Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy

Howard studied Natural Sciences and then Part III Maths at St John’s College, Cambridge, graduating in 1974. He has had a career in investment banking and asset management and has been chief executive of two City firms.

He was a Trustee of the Science Museum and is the first non-academic chair of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences at Cambridge. He has written op-ed pieces on climate change for the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times.

In June 2015 Howard was appointed Chair of the newly created Alan Turing Institute. Announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in December 2014, the Alan Turing Institute is a joint-venture between 5 UK Universities (Cambridge, Oxford, Edinburgh, UCL, and Warwick), funded by the EPSRC, as the UK's national institute for data science. The Institute will promote the development and use of advanced mathematics, computer science, algorithms and big data for human benefit. It will conduct first class research and development in an environment that brings together theory and practical application.

  • 15 June 2017, 4pm

    Innovative climate risk assessment

    The purpose of this workshop is to explore the potential for longer term research initiatives at Cambridge to develop data science methods for more useful climate risk assessments.

  • In news articles

    Life in the Anthropocene

    CSaP’s Horn Fellows hosted an evening event for academics and policy makers, in conjunction with Cambridge Zero. Howard Covington, Chair of the Alan Turing Institute, discussed the history of the Anthropocene, an unofficial term for the geological period we are currently living in, and his projections for the future.