Dr Lesley Thompson has been appointed as Elsevier’s Director of Academic and Government Strategic Alliances, UK, with effect from 01 November 2015.
Currently Dr Thompson is Programme Director at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) where she is responsible for managing the overall EPSRC portfolio, commissioning around £800 million per year for research and postgraduate training in engineering and the physical sciences and managingEPSRC’s relationships with the research base.
Dr Thompson became a Director in December 2006. Prior to this she has had a number of roles in EPSRC since joining the Research Councils in 1989.
Dr Thompson will take up her new role at Elsevier per 01 November 2015, with a transitional arrangement that will enable her to continue to work with EPSRC and the research community until the completion of the UK Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review at the end of November.
Dr Nick Fowler, Managing Director of Elsevier’s Research Management group comments:
We are delighted to have someone of Lesley’s experience and stature joining the Elsevier team. She has an excellent reputation among senior leaders of research in the UK so will play a leading role to advance Elsevier’s initiatives to help universities, funding bodies and governments achieve their strategic objectives.
Professor Philip Nelson, EPSRC CEO comments:
Lesley has served EPSRCmagnificently over the years and we are delighted that she will continue to do so during the coming few months. The position at Elsevier offers her a great opportunity and we wish her well in this next phase of her already distinguished career.
Commenting on her appointment, Dr Thompson said:
This is an exciting opportunity that opens up new challenges for me whilst drawing on the knowledge and experience and relationships I have gained during my time at EPSRC. I am looking forward to taking up this new role with Elsevier and making a positive difference.