Jim Smith to resume his role as Wellcome's Director of Science in May 2020

Jim Smith, who has been leading Wellcome's Science Review since January 2019, is returning to his role as Director of Science as the review is almost complete.

Jim Smith, Wellcome's Director of Science

Credit: Wellcome

Jim Smith is a globally recognised developmental biologist who joined Wellcome in 2016.

As Director of Science, Jim will continue to lead the Science Review team to complete our science strategy and will also work with other Executive Leadership Team members to review Wellcome's wider strategy.

Mike Turner, who has been interim Director of Science while Jim led the Science Review, is staying on at Wellcome until the end of the year to oversee several major existing programmes of scientific support. 

Jeremy Farrar, Wellcome's Director, said: "I thank Mike for leading the Science team superbly during Jim’s secondment. I’m grateful to Jim and the Science Review team for the careful analysis they have undertaken of the science Wellcome supports and for identifying opportunities we might wish to take in the future. Their work has created a strong foundation for Wellcome's new strategy."