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EPSRC appoints ex Labour minister Ara Darzi to council

The surgeon and Labour peer Ara Darzi is among two appointments made to the governing body of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Darzi was appointed a junior health minister in 2007 in Gordon Brown’s government in a wave of ministerial appointments based on people’s work background and expertise. Darzi quit the role in 2009 to devote more time to clinical work and academic research, according to media reports at the time. Darzi is now a surgeon at the Royal Marsden Hospital and director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London.

Conservative peer Pauline Neville-Jones, Number 10’s special representative to UK business on cybersecurity, has also been appointed to the EPSRC council. She was formerly a Home Office minister with the security and counterterrorism brief. Her background includes time at the Foreign Office, the investment bank NatWest Markets and as a chairwoman of defence company QinetiQ.

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