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Dr Claire Craig CBE IPR Advisory Board member

Dr Claire Craig CBE is The Provost of The Queen's College at the University of Oxford.


Dr Claire Craig CBE is the Provost of The Queen’s College, Oxford, and is also a member of the Government’s first AI Council.

During her career she has worked extensively on strategy and science in decision-making, including periods at McKinsey & Co and the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, working in the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Defence. She was previously the Director of the UK Government Office for Science.

Most recently, she has been the Chief Science Policy Officer at the Royal Society. During her time there, the Society ran significant policy and public programmes on Machine Learning, the governance and ethics of the uses of data, and the implications of AI for the future of work.

She was awarded a CBE for her part in developing the UK government’s science-based strategic futures programme, Foresight, which provided evidence and insights to decision-makers in areas such as flood risk in 2080 and the future of computer-based trading in financial markets.

She has held Board-level roles at a range of research and teaching institutions, including the Council of King’s College London, where she helped establish King’s Maths School, a university-sponsored Free School for talented young mathematicians.

She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge and her first book How does government listen to scientists? was published by Palgrave in August 2018.