People Professor Sir John Beddington CMG FRS
Senior Adviser, Oxford Martin School
Professor of Natural Resources Management
Professor Sir John Beddington is the Senior Strategy Adviser at the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Natural Resource Management at Oxford University. He also acts as a Non-Executive Director of the Met Office, a Trustee of the Natural History Museum and President of the Zoological Society of London, amongst other activities. After an academic career in the field of Applied Population Biology, John was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001, appointed CMG in 2004, was awarded a Knighthood in 2010 and in June 2014 received The Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese Government.
He was from 2008 until 2013 the UK Government Chief Scientific Advisor (GCSA) reporting directly to the Prime Minister. As GCSA, he led on providing scientific advice to Government during the 2009 swine flu outbreak, the 2010 volcanic ash incident and the emergency at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2011. As GCSA, he was also responsible for increasing the scientific capacity across Whitehall by encouraging all major departments of state to recruit a Chief Scientific Adviser. He also directed the Foresight team which had the responsibility to look forward and assess implications for major challenges in the future.