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The Newton Gateway to Mathematics is the impact initiative of the Isaac Newton Institute (INI) and reaches out to and engages with the users of maths – in industry, business, public sector and other scientific disciplines. There are  three full-time staff – a Manager, Knowledge Exchange Coordinator and an Events and Marketing Coordinator. The Manager reports to the Director of the Isaac Newton Institute. The Newton Gateway to Mathematics is an integral component of the Isaac Newton Institute and therefore support is provided by INI to enable the Gateway to continue to develop its current service to the community.The University of Cambridge contributes to the funding of the Newton Gateway to Mathematics through the Higher Education Innovation Funding scheme, which partially covers administrative costs, but not expenses for specific Gateway activities.

Responsibility for the budget and short-term and long-term financial planning is overseen by INI's Management Committee and undertaken on a day by day basis by Newton Gateway staff. The Gateway reports to the INI Director who in turn is responsible to the Management Committee.

The Newton Gateway is supported in delivering activity by an Advisory Board and the Gateway Scientific Advisory Panel, who advise on programmes and activities and help with quality assurance in aspects of delivery and operations. The key aim is to help ensure that the highest levels of delivery and operations are achieved throughout Gateway activity and its effectiveness is fully maximised.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board meets twice a year in Cambridge and members are from industry and public bodies. They advise on strategic matters, important themes and the overall development of the Newton Gateway.

The Members are:

Matt Butchers - Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

Matt leads the industrial mathematics and uncertainty quantification & management communities in Innovate UK's Knowledge Transfer Network; the UK’s organisation for bridging the gap between academia, Government and industry. The aim is to boost the UK economy by capturing the impact of innovative ideas. Matt is a experimental physicist who has worked across academia, industry and Government and is well connected across these stakeholders.

Nick Easton - BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Nick Easton is Head of Capability at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence. He acts as Engineering Authority for AI Labs, developing and maintaining the engineering framework for this group of engineers and scientists. Nick is an active Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and acts on their behalf as a Professional Registration Advisor and Assessor, in particular encouraging younger engineers to work towards chartership. He currently acts as an Industrial PhD Supervisor at Bristol University.

Peter Grindrod - University of Oxford

Peter Grindrod CBE FIMA is a Professor in the Mathematical Institute, Director of the Oxford-Emirates Data Science Lab of the University of Oxford and a Non-Executive Director of the Alan Turing Institute. He is a former member of EPSRC and BBSRC Councils, President of the IMA, and MoD SAC. His research interests include data science analytics for consumer/customer facing sectors that are digital and data rich.

Peter Landrock - Cryptomathic (Chair of the Advisory Board)

Peter Landrock is the President of Cryptomathic, which he co-founded in 1986 as a spin-off from the University of Aarhus, Denmark. Cryptomathic is one of the first companies to commercialise cryptographic algorithms, and it was Peter’s participation in an Isaac Newton Institute programme on Cryptology and Coding Theory, that inspired him to leave academia and focus on the company. All its innovation takes place in a division in the Science Park in Cambridge, and Peter has lived permanently in Cambridge since 2001.

Robert Leese - Smith Institute

Robert Leese was appointed as Chief Technical Officer of the Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics and System Engineering in May 2017 and was previously Chief Executive and a member of its Council since 1999. Prior to this, he held Research Fellowships at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and a visiting position at Brown University. Robert holds a PhD in mathematical physics from the University of Durham and has been a Fellow of St Catherine's College, Oxford, since 1993. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and a member of the Peer Review College of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. His current technical interests are in the implementation of combinatorial auctions. Robert moved from the Programmes Committee to the Advisory Board in February 2019. 

Sian Thomas ​- Department for International Trade​

Sian Thomas is the Chief Data Officer at the Department for International Trade and was previously Head of Information Management at the Food Standards Agency. She leads, amongst other things, the organisations data rights and data science functions. A big open data advocate, Sian has expertise in Government around transparency, publishing data that is useful to third parties and using data to support decision making. Sian did a PhD in biotechnology, and has held posts in Government in natural and social sciences, as well as science governance. She has represented the UK on two European Food Safety Authority Working Groups on data.

Previous Advisory Board Members were:

Dougal Goodman - The Foundation for Science & Technology

Dougal Goodman is Chief Executive of The Foundation for Science and Technology, a charity which facilitates debate between parliament, Whitehall Departments, and the business and the research communities on policy issues that have a science, engineering or medical element. He also does consulting work for the marine insurance sector and serves on a wide range of Advisory Committees including for the National Oceanography Centre and for the insurance market. He is a former Deputy Director of the British Antarctic Survey and a general manager for BP.

Graham Keniston-Cooper - Investor

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.

Natasa Milic-Frayling - University of Nottingham and Intact Digital Ltd

Natasa Milic-Frayling is a CEO and Founder of Intact Digital Ltd and a Chair in Data Science at the University of Nottingham. With 20 years of research experience in computer science and mathematics, she is now focusing on the critical issue of technology obsolescence that endangers information and knowledge derived through computation and stored in digital media. As a Professor of Data Science, Natasa is fostering cross-disciplinary projects that take multiple perspectives on computing and advocates responsible technology innovation that empowers users and respects societal values of privacy and self-determination. Natasa is serving on the advisory board for the course in Entrepreneurship at the University of Cambridge and closely collaborates with the Centre for Entrepreneurship at the Judge Business School.

Richard Pinch  - Heilbronn Institute​

Richard Pinch recently retired from GCHQ where his roles included Deputy Director of the Heilbronn Institute and Head of Profession for Mathematics. Before joining GCHQ he had held research and teaching positions at Cambridge and Glasgow, with research interests in computational number theory and combinatorics. He was Vice President of Professional Affairs and Industry at the IMA from 2014-2017.

Sir Bernard Silverman

Sir Bernard Silverman is Emeritus Professor of Statistics at the Universities of Bristol and Oxford, and from 2010 to 2017 was Chief Scientific Adviser to the Home Office. He now has a range of roles including research, charity trusteeship, consultancy, and advice to Government. A past president of the Royal Statistical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Academy of Social Sciences, his research has been both in his core interest of computational statistics (both mathematical and practical aspects) as well as in collaborative and applied work across the disciplinary spectrum. One of his current active research interests is in modern slavery and human trafficking. Sir Bernard remains a member of the INI Development Board. 

Gateway Scientific Advisory Panel

The Gateway Scientific Advisory Panel members are from academia and public bodies. They provide guidance and advice on specific scientific and research matters that occur within and outside of programme activities. The Panel operates in a virtual way via email and telephone and is responsive to ad-hoc questions and requests for guidance from the Gateway.

The Members are:

Peter Challenor - University of Exeter

Peter Challenor is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Exeter. A statistician, he has broad interests; mainly concerned with the relationship between models (both mechanistic and statistical) and the real world. These range from the methods of estimating uncertainty in complex numerical models, probabilistic numerics and spatio-temporal modelling. Current areas of application include climate and healthcare.

Alan Champneys - University of Bristol (Chair of the Scientific Advisory Panel)

Alan Champneys is Professor of Applied Non-linear Mathematics and currently Head of Department of Engineering Mathematics at the University of Bristol. Alan's research interests cover dynamical systems and interdisciplinary mathematical modelling in engineering and the life sciences. Application areas include mechanical vibrations, contact mechanics, renewable energy, fluid-structure interaction, neuroscience, pattern formation across many length scales and healthcare analytics. He obtained his DPhil from Oxford in 1991, in 2014 he gave the Alan Tayler Lecture in Industrial Mathematics and in 2016 he received an honorary degree from the Budapest University of Technology for his industrial work on valve dynamics.

Jacek Gondzio - University of Edinburgh

Jacek Gondzio is Professor of Optimisation at the School of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh. Jacek is interested in the theory and implementation of optimisation methods for linear, quadratic and nonlinear programming. His interests include the use of parallel and distributed computing for solving real-life very large optimisation problems arising in different applications.

Des Higham - University of Strathclyde

Des Higham holds the 1966 Chair of Numerical Analysis at the University of Strathclyde. He has research interests in the design and evaluation of computational methods; notably in Stochastic Computation, with applications in sociological/technological networks, future cities/digital economy and computational biology. He has experience of collaboration and knowledge exchange with non-academic partners in digital marketing, infographics and biosciences. He currently holds an EPSRC Digital Economy Established Career Fellowship in Data Analytics/Internet of Things. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Royal Society/Wolfson Research Merit Award holder and runs the Survey and Review section of SIAM Review.

Jane Hutton - University of Warwick

Professor Jane Hutton works in medical statistics, particularly survival analysis and non-random data. Jane has major collaborations in cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and her research has had impact through clinical guidelines and in legal cases. Jane has also published on ethics and philosophy of statistics. Professor Hutton is a member of the Core Methodology Panel, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Education Committee of the International Biometric Society.

Arieh Iserles - University of Cambridge

Arieh Iserles is Professor Emeritus in Numerical Analysis of Differential Equations, at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge. Arieh’s areas of interest include different aspects of the numerical solution of differential equations and other areas of interest in computational mathematics.

Nigel Smart - KU Leuven 

Nigel Smart is a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering Science at KU Leuven in Belgium. Prior to this he was a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bristol, where he set up the Cryptography and Security group. He is co-Founder of Dyadic Security, a company specialising in mitigating cryptographic risks by deploying distributed cryptographic solutions and was Vice President of the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR) from 2014-2016. After studying for his PhD and other positions in Computational Number Theory, Nigel joined HP Labs in Bristol and switched to Cryptography and then returned to academia at Bristol University. His interests are in cryptography - ranging from implementation through to provable security and the underlying mathematical primitives.

Adrian Weller - University of Cambridge

Adrian Weller is a senior researcher in the Machine Learning Group at the University of Cambridge, a faculty fellow at the Alan Turing Institute and an executive fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. He has broad interests in artificial intelligence, its commercial applications and how it may be used to benefit society. Previously, he held senior roles in finance at Goldman Sachs, Salomon Brothers and Citadel. Adrian graduated in mathematics from Trinity College, Cambridge, and earned a PhD in computer science from Columbia University.