Dr Robert Sullivan

Dr Robert Sullivan provides oversight of Safety, Environmental Protection and the Net Zero Climate Change Action Plan, supporting the Permanent Secretary and the Chiefs of Staff to improve pan-Defence safety performance and culture. He was Head Science and Technology Strategy at the Ministry of Defence from 2015 - 2018. In this role he was responsible for developing the Chief Scientific Adviser’s £650 million Science and Technology Strategy – including capability planning, futures and the Modernising Defence ‘Technology Spearheads’ initiative. Previously he was Chief Executive of Broadband Delivery UK, responsible for the Government’s £2bn National Broadband Programme. Over the last decade he has worked across Whitehall, including as Director of the Office for Life Sciences in the Department for Business, and as Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser in the Department for Transport. Robert was Director Public Sector at QinetiQ PLC leading on information assurance and security solutions.

Robert started his career in 1992 as a research scientist at the MOD Royal Signal and Radar Establishment (RSRE).