17 June 2021 2pm – 3pm Webinar

On 17 June techUK’s policy, tech & Innovation team will be bringing together innovators and industry leaders from across the technology sector to explore what the tech sector believe ARIA needs to achieve ambitious, research and technology goals set by the UK Government. 

This event will focus on what the core objectives of the new CEO should be to ensure ARIA is a transformative power on the UK’s innovation landscape 

Why is this important? 

In March 2021 the Government announced the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency (ARIA). ARIA will be a new independent research body that aims to fund transformational scientific research in the UK with a focus on high-risk, high-reward projects.  

Headed by leading scientists and innovators, ARIA’s leadership will backed by an £800 million investment from the UK Government and will be given the flexibility and independence from Government to use their knowledge and expertise to identify and back ambitious, research and technology challenges. Able to partner with businesses and academia the agency could have a transformative impact on the UK’s innovation landscape.  

ARIA’s CEO will be central to the agencies initial projects and will become a major player in the UK’s discussion on technology and innovation when appointed.  

At this event techUK will discuss with our members and members of the tech and innovation community what should be in the new CEO’s in-tray, what technologies and challenges present the greatest opportunities for the UK and how do we make sure ARIA is a success.   

The discussion will include speakers from the leading technology companies as well experts from the UK’s tech and innovation community.  


You can read up on techUK’s response to AIRA here 

Please do reach out if you would like to get involved in techUK’s tech & innovation work 

Neil Ross

Neil Ross

Head of Policy, techUK

As Head of Policy Neil leads techUK's domestic policy development. He regularly engages with UK and Devolved Government Ministers, senior civil servants and Members of the UK’s Parliaments with the aim of supporting government and industry to work together to make the UK the best place to start, scale and develop technology companies.

Neil joined techUK in 2019 to lead on techUK’s engagement in the UK-EU Brexit trade deal negotiations, as well as leading on economic policy.

He has a background in the UK Parliament and in social research. Neil holds a masters degree in Comparative Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh and an undergraduate degree in International Politics from City, University of London.

[email protected]
078 4276 5470

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Laura Foster

Laura Foster

Programme Manager, Technology and Innovation, techUK

Laura is techUK’s Programme Manager for Technology and Innovation.

She supports the application and expansion of emerging technologies across business, including Geospatial Data, Quantum Computing, AR/VR/XR and Edge technologies.

Before joining techUK, Laura worked internationally in London, Singapore and across the United States as a conference researcher and producer covering enterprise adoption of emerging technologies. This included being part of the strategic team at London Tech Week.

Laura has a degree in History (BA Hons) from Durham University, focussing on regional social history. Outside of work she loves reading, travelling and supporting rugby team St. Helens, where she is from.

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