Brian Collins

Brian Collins

UKCRIC Ambassador at Large (UCL)

Brian Collins is Emeritus Professor of Engineering Policy at UCL. He led the creation of UKCRIC and cofounded a new Department at UCL, Science, Technology and Engineering and Public Policy between 2011 and 2020. He served as specialist adviser to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry into scientific infrastructure in 2013 and 2014. Before joining UCL, he served as Chief Scientific Advisor (CSA) to two Government departments DfT and BIS with responsibility for overseeing science, engineering, and technological policy and evidence activities,  He was Professor of Information systems at Cranfield University, Global CIO at the law firm Clifford Chance, and IT Director at the Wellcome Trust. He held the position of Chief Scientist and Director of Technology at GCHQ between 1987 and 1991 and Deputy Director of the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment (now part of DSTL) in 1986.