New non-executive board members
Diamond recently welcomed three new non-executive board members to the board of directors. The STFC-appointed directors, Dr Brian Bowsher and Professors Michael Fitzpatrick and Keith Wilson, assumed their posts in late November. Following completion of the necessary company forms, the new members attended their first Board meeting on 1st December.
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Diamond’s CEO, Professor Andrew Harrison said: “Brian, Michael and Keith bring a wealth of valuable experience to the board, and we’re delighted to have them at the helm at what is a truly exciting moment for Diamond.
“Ten years on from first becoming operational, Diamond is well recognised for its services to the science community, from the life sciences and materials, through to environmental sciences and cultural heritage. But the development of synchrotron technology proceeds at a relentless pace, and the experience and services of our new board members will be crucial in helping us to maintain our position as a world-leading centre for synchrotron science and a cornerstone of a world-class site for scientific discovery and innovation at Harwell.”
On 1st November 2016 Brian became the new Chief Executive of the Science and Technology Facilities Council, having previously chaired its Finance Committee. Brian has led a number of major science activities in both the public and private sector. Most recently, he was the Managing Director of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK’s National Measurement Institute, from 2009 to his retirement in 2015.
Before joining NPL, Brian was on the Executive Board of AWE initially as Director of Research and Applied Science and then as Director Systems Engineering. After gaining his PhD in chemistry from the University of Southampton, he started his career in nuclear technology, working with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority and AEA Technology, managing various nuclear safety research programmes including major projects in the USA and EU. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Physics and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Measurement and Control.
Professor Michael Fitzpatrick is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Executive Dean) at Coventry University, with responsibility for the portfolio of Engineering, Environment and Computing; and he also holds the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Chair of Structural Integrity and Systems Performance. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Scientist, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and a Member of the Institute of Directors.
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