David Lane Appointed to Government AI Council

The UK government today announced the appointment of a number of leading experts to its AI Council which is tasked with supercharging the UK's Artificial Intelligence sector.

The Council will represent the UK AI Sector on the international stage and help us put in place the right skills and practices to make the most of data-driven technologies.

Digital Secretary, Jeremy Wright

ORCA Hub Director, Prof. David Lane was among those leaders from business, academia and data privacy organisations to be appointed.

Tabitha Goldstaub - co-founder of CognitionX, an online platform which provides companies with information and access to AI experts to boost their businesses - has been appointed Council Chair. Tabitha worked closely with Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright, Business Secretary Greg Clark and the Office for AI to bring together leaders from a broad range of backgrounds and expertise to join the Council.

The line-up includes online-only retailer Ocado’s Chief Technology Officer, Paul Clarke, Dame Patricia Hodgson, Board Member of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation and The Alan Turing Institute Chief Executive, Professor Adrian Smith. Other representatives are AI for good founder Kriti Sharma, UKRI chief executive Mark Walport.

Artificial intelligence and data is one of the 4 Grand Challenges set by the Government's Industrial Strategy which will see AI used across a variety of industries and put the UK at the forefront of the AI and data revolution. The aim of the Council is to help boost the growth of AI in the UK, promote its adoption and ethical use in businesses and organisations across the country.

I’m thrilled the AI Council membership has been announced, convening a brilliant mix of experts who have agreed to offer their time, experience and insight to support the growth and responsible adoption of AI in the UK.

Tabitha Goldstaub, AI Council Chair

Background of the Hubs:

ORCA Hub was launched in October 2017 along with three other Hubs as part of the government’s £93m R&D funding on “Robotics and AI for Extreme Environments” through the Industry Strategic Challenge Fund (ISCF).