New Chief Executive for the Institute of Physics

23 May 2012

The Institute of Physics (IOP) has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive. Professor Paul Hardaker will take up his new post as Chief Executive of IOP on 3 September 2012.

Paul Hardaker

Professor Hardaker has been Chief Executive of the Royal Meteorological Society since October 2006. Prior to this, he worked at the Met Office for 14 years as both Programme Director for the Met Office’s Development Programmes, and as the Met Office’s Chief Advisor to Government.

Alongside these posts, Professor Hardaker has been a member of the Physics Advisor Panel at the University of Wales and founding editor of the international journal Atmospheric Science Letters.

Paul currently holds a visiting Professorship in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Reading, he is a Trustee on the Board of Science Council and Chairman of Sense About Science, as well as a regular contributor to TV, radio and his own blog.

Outside of his work in meteorology, Paul has held a number of non-executive positions including a Non-Executive Directorship of a City company working in risk management and in the NHS as Deputy Chair of the Board of NHS Berkshire West, where he was actively involved with local and regional healthcare initiatives.

Paul is excited to be taking forward IOP’s mission – to promote physics for the benefit of all. On his appointment to the new post, he said, “I am delighted to be joining the Institute of Physics. I feel very privileged to be working for an organisation that is so highly regarded and respected for its leadership not just in physics but also more widely in the UK and international science community.”

Professor Sir Peter Knight, President of IOP, welcomed the appointment of Professor Hardaker as the next Chief Executive of IOP from a very strong field of candidates. He said, “Paul brings a wealth of experience in learned societies and a background in the physical sciences which will really benefit IOP.”

Professor Hardaker will take over as CEO of IOP from Dr Robert Kirby-Harris, who retires on 12 June.

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