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Browne appointed chairman of Francis Crick Institute

A former chief executive of BP and the architect of the tuition-fee system in England is to chair the Francis Crick Institute.

John Browne, who was elevated to the peerage in 2001, will take up the role on 1 August, according to a statement published on 6 July. He is expected to head the board of trustees for the next seven years.

A businessman, Browne was elected fellow of the Royal Society in 2006. He served as president of the Royal Academy of Engineering between 2006 and 2011. He chairs the trustees of the Tate gallery in London and is also executive chairman of L1 Energy, an oil and gas investment company co-owned by the Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman. He is also chairman of the international advisory board of the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford.

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