William Lord

Strategy Lead at UKRI

Strategy Lead: Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (UK Research & Innovation)
Junior Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy
William Lord is the lead on long-term strategy for the £2.6bn Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. He is responsible for the development of UKRI’s vision and strategy for “challenge-led” research and innovation. He acts as the corporate lead for ISCF in UKRI: briefing the CEO and senior leadership on the fund and leading on the relationship with BEIS and other government departments.

Previously, William Lord worked as a Senior Policy Advisor for Business, Ideas and Place (Cities and Local Growth Unit, MHCLG/BEIS) where he led on the co-creation of the “Ideas” (research and innovation) chapters of the West Midlands and Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategies.Additionally, he developed a new approach to place-based research and innovation within the Unit: establishing firm links between Local Industrial Strategies and the government’s strategy for achieving the 2.4% R&D target.

William Lord has a MA in World History from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Thouron Scholar and a MA in Modern History & International Relations from the University of St Andrews.