Professor David Newbold appointed as STFC Executive Director for National Laboratories, Science and Technology

Experimental particle physicist Professor David Newbold has commenced work as the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Executive Director for National Laboratories, Science and Technology.

Professor Newbold is an internationally recognised physicist who has made notable contributions to his field, and has served as STFC Director of Particle Physics for the last five years.

As Executive Director for National Laboratories, Science and Technology, Professor Newbold will oversee the activities of over 1,400 engineering, scientific and research staff across STFC departments which, due to their scale and complexity, are operated as a national research resource for the UK.

His previous scientific management and leadership posts include acting as UK lead and spokesperson on the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment, at the CERN Large Hadron Collider, and chair of the European Laboratory Directors Group.

In his new role, he will drive plans to develop flagship STFC facilities and projects, at UK sites such as Boulby Underground Laboratory and internationally. Professor Newbold will also continue to champion sustainable big science, drawing on his experience shaping the strategic visions of large-scale facilities, and will provide leadership for STFC’s programmes in fundamental physics, astronomy, quantum technologies, AI, and Exascale computing.

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