Jessica Montgomery

Executive Director at Accelerate Programme for Scientific Discovery, University of Cambridge

Executive Director, Accelerate Programme for Scientific Discovery
Policy Fellow Alumna, Centre for Science and Policy

Jessica is currently Executive Director of the Accelerate Programme for Scientific Discovery, a new initiative developing AI tools and collaborations to tackle scientific challenges. She is also Director of the Data Trusts Initiative, a project tackling the actions needed to create trustworthy data governance frameworks.

Her interests in AI and its consequences for science and society stem from her policy career, in which she worked with parliamentarians, leading researchers and civil society organisations to bring scientific evidence to bear on major policy issues. At the Royal Society, Jessica established and led a wide-ranging programme of policy development, public dialogue and international engagement that explored the frontiers of AI technologies and their implications for society. She worked with senior researchers, policymakers, civil society and industry to identify emerging policy needs and develop policy frameworks to enable safe and rapid deployment of these technologies. In her prior role as a Senior Clerk at the House of Commons, Jessica advised MPs on parliamentary procedure and practice. While advising a number of select committees – including Transport; Business, Innovation, and Skills; Regulatory Reform; and Science and Technology – Jessica managed inquiries into a range of science and policy issues, bringing evidence into the heart of political decision-making.

  • 23 March 2021, 5pm

    David Cleevely Annual Lecture: Professor Dame Angela McLean

    The inaugural lecture of the David Cleevely Annual Lecture Series will be delivered by Professor Dame Angela McLean, Chief Scientific Adviser, Ministry of Defence.

  • 6 February 2020, 5:30pm

    2020 Christ’s College Climate Seminars

    The Centre for Science and Policy is working with Professor Charles Kennel, Director Emeritus at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, to deliver the 2020 series of climate change seminars hosted by Christ’s College.

  • In news articles

    Data governance for the 21st century: the role of data trusts

    Professor Neil Lawrence, Jessica Montgomery and Professor Sylvie Delacroix explain how data trusts can empower us to retain the rights around our data and how it is used.