STFC Executive Director
National Laboratories Science and Technologies
Neil Geddes obtained his doctorate in High Energy Particle Physics from the University of Oxford in 1986. Thereafter, he joined the Particle Physics Department at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory where he remained until 2001. During this time Neil spent periods at CERN and Stanford, working as a member of the OPAL and BaBar collaborations to pursue research into Quantum Chromo-Dynamics hadronisation models and matter-antimatter asymmetries. In April 2001 Neil joined the UK’s Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council to direct their e-science programme, including the setting up of the LHC Grid computing project. Neil was the first Chair of the worldwide LHC Computing Grid Collaboration. From 2005 to 2012 he led the e-Science Department at the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), with responsibility for data management, scientific computing and grid technology, in support of the scientific facilities operated by STFC. In 2012 Neil moved to Technology Department with wide ranging responsibilities covering engineering, micro-electronics, applied physics, nuclear physics and astronomy and in 2019 has been appointed as the National Laboratories Executive Director for Science and Technologies.
Neil is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and has over 550 refereed publications covering particle physics and computing, and is a member of a number of National and International advisory panels on science and e-infrastructure.
Last updated: 23 February 2023