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UKRI chief executive to be appointed by next government

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Choice of leaders delayed until after election, potentially coming under Labour, as selection panel revealed

The appointment of a new UK Research and Innovation chief executive will be delayed until after the general election, the government has confirmed, as members of the selection panel are revealed.

UKRI’s current chief executive, Ottoline Leyser, is stepping down at the end of her five-year term in June 2025. The appointment process for her successor was launched in February, leading some to speculate that the Conservative government wanted to choose the next leader of UKRI while it still had the power to do so.

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