Programme Advisory Committee

The Programme Advisory Committee provides advice, support and challenge on the activities of the NQCC to the Leadership Team

Sheila Rowan

Professor Sheila Rowan is an experimental physicist who since 2009 has been Director of the Institute for Gravitational Research at the University of Glasgow in the UK. Before returning full time to a faculty position in Glasgow in 2003, she held research positions split between Glasgow and Stanford University.

Sheila received a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2008, and was awarded Fellowship of the American Physical Society in 2012. She won the Hoyle Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics in 2016 in recognition of her pioneering research on aspects of the opto-mechanical technology of gravitational-wave observatories. In 2016 Sheila was seconded (part-time) to be Chief Scientific Advisor to the Scottish Government, and she is also the UK CSA Champion for Quantum Technologies.

Sir Peter Knight

Sir Peter Knight is Emeritus Professor at Imperial College London, and is a past President of both the Institute of Physics and the Optical Society of America. Sir Peter chairs the National Quantum Technology Programme Strategy Advisory Board and the Quantum Metrology Institute at the National Physical Laboratory.

Tom Rodden

Professor Tom Rodden is Chief Scientific Advisor for the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport, and a Professor of Computing at the University of Nottingham. His research is highly interdisciplinary, bringing together different areas of expertise as computing becomes a ubiquitous feature of our world and we increasingly use personal data and AI technologies.

Roger McKinlay

Roger McKinlay is the Challenge Director–Quantum Technologies for UK Research and Innovation. He has been involved in the National Quantum Technologies Programme since 2015 was a panel member of the 2016 Quantum Technologies Blackett Review. Roger is a Chartered Engineer and a past president of the Royal Institute of Navigation.

Michael Groves

Michael Groves is Head of the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research. He has worked as a security researcher at GCHQ for more than 25 years and served as vice chair of ETSI’s quantum-safe cryptography working group from 2015 to 2019.