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Development Board

The Development Board assists the Director in raising funds to support the Institute's research activities and in engaging with firms, foundations and individuals who are interested in cutting-edge mathematical sciences research. Its members are leading mathematical scientists and business people with a deep and abiding interest in the aims of the Institute.

The current members of the Development Board are:

Mr Graham Keniston-Cooper, Chair

Graham Keniston-Cooper

Graham Keniston-Cooper is a private investor and a non-executive director of a number of companies. He has had a long and distinguished career in private equity, including significant investment, CEO and board experience including General Partner at Cinven, CEO of Lazard Private Equity Partners and Head of Morgan Stanley Private Equity in Europe. Prior to his career in private equity Graham worked as head of business development at Kingfisher and senior consultant at The Boston Consulting Group.

Professor Peter Goddard CBE FRS

Peter Goddard

Peter Goddard is Professor in the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Before this he served as Director at the Institute for Advanced Study, Master of St. John's College and Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, UK, where he played a leading role in establishing the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences and the University of Cambridge Centre for Mathematical Sciences.

Professor I. David Abrahams

John Toland

David Abrahams is the Director of the Isaac Newton Institute and NM Rothschild & Sons Professor of Mathematical Sciences. He is an applied mathematician with broad interests ranging across theoretical and more applied areas of the field. David previously held the Beyer Chair of Applied Mathematics at the University of Manchester and has served on over thirty national and international working parties, panels and committees over the last decade.  In particular, he was President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Application in 2008-9 and Chair of EPSRC’s Mathematical Sciences Strategic Advisory Team (2014-15). In 2017 he was awarded the David Crighton Medal by the Councils of the IMA and the LMS "for his outstanding service to both mathematics and the mathematical community".

Dr Christie Marr

Dr Christie Marr

Christie Marr has been Deputy Director of the Isaac Newton Institute since 2012. She studied Mathematics at New College, Oxford as an undergraduate and, following a PGCE at King’s College, London and 5 years teaching secondary school mathematics in London, returned to Oxford to study for an MSc and then DPhil in Theoretical Computer Science. Following post-doctoral positions in Oxford and Warwick, she founded and ran the University of St Andrews’ Mathematics Support Centre and the Scottish Mathematics and Statistics Support Network. In 2010 Christie was awarded the Sigma Prize for her “outstanding contribution to mathematics support”. Her research has been funded by EPSRC, DERA, QinetiQ and the US National Security Agency.

Professor Bernard Silverman FRS

Bernard Silverman

Bernard Silverman is a Home Office Chief Scientific Adviser and provides independent scientific advice to the Home Secretary and other Home Office ministers and policy officials on the whole range of topics relevant to Home Office business. He has held senior academic posts at Bath, Bristol and Oxford, and has spent a substantial amount of time as a visitor at Stanford and various other universities in the USA and worldwide.

Dr Ewan Kirk

Bernard Silverman

Ewan Kirk is Chief Investment Officer at Cantab, a company which he co-founded in 2006 and through which he oversees a multi-billion-valued portfolio of several funds. Based upon a philosophy of marrying scientific foundations with robust risk-management systems, his daily focus at Cantab ranges from research and development  to management of the firm’s quantitative team. Prior to this he ran the 120-strong Goldman Sachs Strategies Group in Europe, where he was responsible for all of the group’s quantitative technology. He holds a PhD in Mathematics (General Relativity) from the University of Southampton, a Certificate in Advanced Study in Applied Mathematics from the University of Cambridge and has achieved a First Class degree in Natural Philosophy and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow. Based in Cambridge he is an active philanthropist and a long-term supporter of the Institute and Mathematics in the city, demonstrated in part by a 2016 donation of £5,000,000 to found the Cantab Capital Institute for the Mathematics of Information. Together with his wife Dr Patricia Turner, numerous donations have been made to INI over the past decade, most recently via a 2019 gift of £250,000 to make possible the establishment of the Kirk Distinguished Visiting Fellowship. This initiative has been designed to support underrepresented groups within mathematics, with the recipients in its inaugural year all being women scientists of the highest calibre.

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