Dr Bryony Butland

Bryony Butland joined the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to lead the Programme to develop the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Infrastructure roadmap,  working across UKRI councils and beyond with other key bodies within the UK landscape such as the National Physical Laboratory, MET Office and UK Space Agency.

Bryony started as a researcher completing her PhD in Genetics with a follow-on postdoc in a small biotech company designing high throughput genetic screening techniques with engineers and roboticists. She joined the UK civil service in 2003, undertaking a number of roles in different science related policy roles within the Strategy Unit of Department of Energy and Climate Change, and public health policy and programmes in the Department of Health. She was involved in the setting up of Innovate UK (then Technology Strategy Board in DTI); Horizon Scanning projects for the Government Office for Science’s Foresight Programme – on childhood obesity and technology horizon scanning in particular – and worked in Civil Contingencies for the Cabinet Office.

Most recently based in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), she has worked on the impact of government investment in research and innovation; acted as departmental sponsor of the UK Space Agency; led aspects of the setup of UKRI including the Higher Education and Research Bill and led the departments input on research and innovation for the two most recently spending reviews working closely with the research councils.

Last updated: 11 April 2022

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