David Sweeney is Executive Chair of Research England, one of nine research councils that form UK Research and Innovation, the biggest research funder in the UK with responsibility for university block-grant funding for research and knowledge exchange. After studying Statistics at the University of Aberdeen, David worked at BBSRC as a consultant statistician. He was a Director at Royal Holloway, University of London, before becoming Vice-Principal. As Director of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, he led the development and implementation of the Research Excellence Framework. He was responsible for research policy and funding, knowledge exchange and university/business relations.