30th November 2015 - Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson today announced the reappointment of Professor John Womersley, as Chief Executive of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).
Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson said:
"I am very pleased to be able to reappoint John Womersley to a second term as Chief Executive of STFC. His extensive knowledge and experience as well as his excellent standing in international science are a great asset for the Council.”
Sir Michael Sterling, Chair of the STFC said:
“Under John’s leadership over the past four years the STFC has developed into a globally recognised and highly efficient research organisation. STFC’s scientific facilities are world leading and its extensive research programme delivers significant benefits to the UK, including hundreds of skilled post-graduates, enhanced productivity for dozens of companies, and Nobel Prize-winning science. I am delighted John will continue to act as steward of this key part of our national science capability for another term.”
Professor Womersley said:
“I am truly honoured to be re-appointed as CEO of the Science and Technology Facilities Council. Leading this organisation is an opportunity to help advance the frontiers of discovery science – from understanding the origin of the universe to the smallest constituents of the atom. It involves some of the world’s fastest computers, the world’s largest telescope, the biggest microscope, and the brightest x–ray source; and the work we do is truly important, with huge impacts on society and the economy. Most importantly it means working with truly outstanding, committed and enthusiastic people at all levels within STFC. I firmly believe our best is yet to come.”
The appointment is from 1 November 2015 until 31 October 2019.
Professor John Womersley was first appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) for four years from 1 November 2011. A graduate of Cambridge and Oxford (D. Phil. Experimental Particle Physics), he has played a leading role in particle physics both in Europe and the United States. John worked at the Florida State University and Fermilab before becoming a scientific advisor to the Department of Energy in the US. He returned to the UK in 2005 to become Director of the Particle Physics Department at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory at a time when it was building and delivering vital components to CERN's Large Hadron Collider. In 2007, John took on a broader role in STFC, managing the Science Programmes Office which oversees the STFC's science and technology strategy, science operations and planning, including the STFC's processes for peer review and research grants, as well as STFC's programmes in education, training and public outreach.