Chairman, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

Previously, he was Chairman and Chief Executive of Oxford Instruments plc, senior independent non-executive director of GKN plc, a non-executive director of W.S. Atkins plc, Deputy Chief Executive of VG Instruments Ltd., Honorary Treasurer and Vice President of the Royal Society, Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Master of St. Catherine’s College Oxford, Chairman of Trustees of the Science Museum, Chairman of the Engineering & Technology Board, Chairman of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council and a Trustee of Marie Curie Cancer Care. He has advised Government on issues of science & education, including the ‘Williams Review’ of primary mathematics in 2008 and in 2010 was a member of an international review of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the UN Secretary General.

He was knighted in 1998 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Academy of Engineering.