Jordan Giddings

Jordan Giddings

UKCRIC Director, Operations and Stakeholder Relations (UCL)

Jordan graduated as a physicist from Balliol College, Oxford in 1988. In 1992 he was awarded a PhD from Imperial College in High Energy Nuclear Physics working at CERN in Geneva and DESY in Hamburg before joining University College London as a Research Fellow working on the development of the CERN particle detectors. He moved to the Defence Research Agency in 1994 and worked for a number of years leading a team modelling the vulnerability of UK Armoured Vehicles to a variety of kinetic threats. After a short spell in Industry at VEGA Group he re-joined what was by now the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency building a large cross cutting logistics analysis capability for the then Centre for Defence Analysis and making significant contributions to the formation of the Defence Logistics Organisation following the Strategic Defence Review in 1998.

Jordan’s first role in central Government was implementing and delivering the Foresight Defence, Aerospace and Systems Futures Panel in DTI (now BEIS) and as Defence, Security and Intelligence advisor to the then Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Lord Robert May. Jordan returned to MOD in 2001 to head up the Smart Acquisition Management team before returning to the newly formed QinetiQ, one week before the events of September 11th.

In QinetiQ Jordan led on the formation of the company’s Defence and Security Technology Strategy and the launch of Defence Technology Centres in the lead up to the QinetiQ flotation. Jordan delivered a range of consultancy projects for organisations including NATO and the European Defence Agency, and was Chair of the Intellect (now Tech UK) Defence Research and Technology Council.

In 2007 Jordan joined the Department for Transport as Deputy Chief Scientific Advisor where he delivered a significant and cross cutting Research and Development investment, and as a board member for ERTICO, delivered and implemented a cross EU member state strategy for Intelligent Transport Systems.

In 2012 Jordan was appointed as the UK Government’s Deputy Chief Scientific Advisor for National Security where he led a broad range of innovation programmes and international collaboration activities. In 2015 he led a UK Government analytical team with a staff of several hundred scientists, engineers and analysts leading the development of an evidenced base and collaborative approach to understanding the full range of risks to UK interests at home and abroad.

In 2019 Jordan left government to deliver a portfolio of projects including Director of Operations and Stakeholder Engagement as a Professorial Research Fellow to the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC), as an advisor to an investment fund accelerating innovative and dual use technology out of academia, as an advisor to a Princeton based AI spinout (Massive Dynamics) and as Director of Melioro Group Limited, an academic consultancy.

Jordan is a visiting Professor at the University of Hertfordshire, visiting Fellow at the Imperial College Institute for Security Science and Technology and an Advisory Board member of ERNCIP, the European Research Network for Critical Infrastructure Protection. He is a chartered physicist, chartered scientist, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

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