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Isobel Stephen

Isobel Stephen

Executive Director - Strategy and Governance,
UKRI

Isobel Stephen, alongside her job-share colleague Emma Lindsell, leads the team that provides the strategic advice to UK Research and Innovation, the Executive Team and the Board. Their teams also provide UK Research and Innovation with high quality communication and analytical support and are responsible for secretariat support to the UKRI Board and Executive Committee. Isobel and Emma have worked together in two previous job-share partnerships. Isobel joined UKRI from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government where, as Housing Director, she had been the overall lead on housing strategy.

  • The importance of R&D for the future of the UK and the role of university and business partnerships  in creating lasting social and economic impact
  • Supporting research and innovation across the UK with new and innovative mechanisms such as the Strength in Places Fund and Strategic Priorities fund
  • Continuing to work with the research and innovation community and provide support that will continue UK’s world leading research success