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Rebecca Endean was appointed as the Strategy Director for UK Research and Innovation in March 2017. She works with the UK Research and Innovation’s design project to develop the plans for the strategic centre. She has a particular focus on supporting the new Board and developing key functions such as analysis and communications.
Rebecca is also building a small strategy and analytical team in the transition phase. This will work closely with the nine constituent parts of UK Research and Innovation to develop advice on how to invest the additional research and innovation funds announced in the Autumn Statement 2016.
She was previously Director of Research and Innovation Reform, Business and Science at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with overall responsibility for the Higher Education and Research Bill that created UK Research and Innovation.
She has a background in research, science and innovation. Originally trained as an economist, Rebecca has considerable expertise on a wide range of economic and social policy issues, in particular poverty, family policy, the labour market and justice. She has worked in a number of Government departments in policy and analysis roles, including as the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Ministry of Justice.