Director, Ada Lovelace Institute

3 September 2018

Rare opportunity to establish an ambitious new Institute working with an unparalleled range of partners.

The Ada Lovelace Institute is a new research and deliberative body with a mission to ensure that data and artificial intelligence (AI) work for people and society. With £5 million secured for its first five years (up to 2023), the Institute is already taking a lead on the interaction between data, ethics, and AI in the UK, and building relationships internationally.

The Institute, based in central London, has been established by the Nuffield Foundation in partnership with The Alan Turing Institute, the Royal Society, the British Academy, the Royal Statistical Society, the Wellcome Trust, the Omidyar Network’s Governance and Citizen Engagement Initiative, techUK and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

The Nuffield Foundation is now looking to appoint the Institute’s inaugural Director, responsible for the establishment and development of the Institute and the appointment of the executive team. Working closely with the Executive Chair Sir Alan Wilson and the soon to be appointed board, the Director will shape an organisational strategy, work plans and research projects while integrating new funding and activities into the work of the Institute.

We are looking for someone who has experience of working at a strategic level, who will establish and support the leadership and the next steps of the Ada Lovelace Institute. You will have the desire to achieve highly strategic developments of data, AI or technology for social good, and to work collaboratively on effective approaches to this with executive staff, board and partners.

Leadership of the Institute’s research and development programmes and an ability to quickly grasp complex subjects will be essential to connect cutting edge communities in academia, industry, the public sector and civil society. You will shape organisational strategy, and will integrate new funding and activities in to the work of the Institute. You will also be able to communicate finely balanced judgements and recommendations in the public domain.

This important and influential new role will provide you with a tremendous opportunity to establish an ambitious new Institute working with an unparalleled range of partners, and to secure its financial sustainability. The Institute’s development will in turn contribute to the delivery of the Nuffield Foundation’s ambitious strategic agenda for the next four years.

Recruitment for this post is being managed by independent recruiters Saxton Bampfylde. For more information and details of how to apply, download the appointment brief. The deadline for applications is Monday 1 October 2018.

For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference BAAUE.  Alternatively email or telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours).