James Hetherington has been appointed as UK Resarch and Innovation's (UKRI) new Director of e-Infrastructure, to commence at the start of the new year. This is a new executive role, and will see James Hetherington work alongside Mark Thomson, Executive Chair Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), developing and delivering the e-Infrastructure sector of the UKRI Infrastructure Roadmap, leading on strategy for the software, skills, Clouds, data services and supercomputers that underpin computational science and digital scholarship.
James Hetherington has a PhD in computational particle physics from Cambridge, and has extensive computational research experience in fields across the research councils, including computational physiology, environmental impact modelling, and digital humanities.
His previous roles have included Head of Research Software Engineering at University College London (UCL) and Director of Research Engineering at the Alan Turing Institute. He was founding chair of the UK Association of Research Software Engineers, is a Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute, and has advised the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), STFC, JISC, and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) on research software issues.
Mark Thomson, Executive Chair of the Science and Technology Facilities Council, stated: "James comes to UKRI with a wealth of experience and a strong history of working across research council boundaries. We are delighted that he has decided to join us at this exciting time; his experience and deep knowledge will help us drive UKRI's e-Infrastructure roadmap forward."