Dave Smith appointed UK national technology adviser

Smith National Technology Adviser Image credit: DSIT

Dr Dave Smith has been recruited by the government to serve as the country’s latest National Technology Adviser.

The former Rolls-Royce technology director will take over the position from Sir Patrick Vallance, who was first appointed as a science and technology advisor to the government in 2018.

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to harness the growing potential of the British tech sector to drive growth and tackle society’s biggest challenges,” said Smith.

“Building upon the significant foundations laid by Sir Patrick Vallance, I’m eager to ensure the UK’s continued leadership and position as a global tech superpower.”

Smith has also worked for the consultancy Ricardo and PA Consulting. Before this the new National Technology Adviser was the managing director of IT services business Roke.

Sir Patrick Vallance was responsible for managing Chancellor Jeremy Hunt and Business Secretary Grant Shapps plan to make the UK the next Silicon Valley.

Secretary of State for Science Innovation and Technology Michelle Donelan said: “Dave Smith’s appointment sends a firm message: we are committed to bringing the brightest tech minds to Government, and working hand-in-glove with industry to make the most of what tech has to offer.”

Smith will work with Donelan on “integrating academic and industry expertise with government”.

Yesterday, the government’s tech department revealed Bristol as the new home of a supercomputer for AI.