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Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director, Health Data Research UK

Health Data Research UK has appointed Caroline Cake as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director following a search that attracted significant interest from an international field of candidates.

Caroline joins Health Data Research UK on 8 October 2018 to direct and lead the strategic implementation and operational delivery of the Institute’s priorities.  She will co-ordinate effective collaborations between the government, the NHS, academia and industries across the UK and be at the forefront of establishing HDR UK as a world-class institute that harnesses revolutionary technology and data science to transform lives of patients and populations.

Caroline joins Health Data Research UK from 2020 Delivery, a leading public service management consultancy. In her role there as Director, Caroline has advised health organisations, universities and central government departments on strategy, transformation, capability building, and delivery planning. Prior to joining 2020 Delivery, Caroline worked at McKinsey & Company and at ICI as an Engineer.

With more than 20 years of experience working in commercial organisations Caroline has obtained a unique and deep understanding of important trends of research, innovation, commercialisation and transformational change as applied to health policy and clinical practice, both in the UK and internationally.

Professor Andrew Morris, Director of HDR UK, said: 

“I am delighted that we have attracted a candidate with such strength in executive leadership, technology innovation and implementation, and strategic business management.  Caroline is committed to translating her unique set of knowledge and skills to her leadership position in Health Data Research UK and I look forward to welcoming Caroline to the team in October.”


Professor of Operations Management, University of Liverpool

Professor Tolga Bektas has been appointed Professor of Operations Management at the University of Liverpool Management School (ULMS).

Tolga received a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University in 2005 and subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at CIRRELT at the University of Montreal in Quebec. Prior to joining ULMS, he was Professor of Logistics Management and Head of Department of Decision Analytics & Risk at the Southampton Business School, where he worked for 11 years. His research interests are in the application of mathematical modelling and optimisation techniques to problems arising in freight transportation and distribution planning, and in supply chain networks, with a particular focus on improving the environmental performance of such systems. He has been investigator in a number of externally funded projects on railway timetable optimisation, maintenance planning in sea vessels and last-mile distribution in cities.


Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Bristol

The University of Bristol has appointed a new Dean of the Faculty of Science.

Professor Jens Marklof, currently Head of the University’s School of Mathematics, will step up to the new role on August 1.

Specialising in mathematical physics, Professor Marklof’s main research interests include dynamical systems theory, quantum chaos, and equidistribution problems in number theory.

After his undergraduate degree from Hamburg and PhD from Ulm, Germany, he held postdoctoral positions at Hewlett-Packard, the Isaac Newton Institute at the University of Cambridge, the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques and LPTMS Orsay.

He moved to Bristol permanently in 1999.

Professor Marklof delivered a plenary address at the International Congress of Mathematical Physics in Prague 2009, and was an invited section speaker at the International Congress of Mathematics 2014 in Seoul.

Major awards include an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship, the LMS Whitehead Prize, a Leverhulme Prize and an ERC Advanced Grant. In 2015 Marklof was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of sciences.

Professor Marklof said: “Bristol's Faculty of Science is home to an exceptional number of world-leading research centres, and one of the top destinations for students from the UK and across the globe.

“It's a real privilege to be part of such a successful team. I am looking forward to working with our students and staff to create an exciting, supportive environment for learning and discovery.”

Professor Tim Gallagher, outgoing Dean of Science, said: “I am very excited about Jens’ appointment. He will bring integrity, talent and experience into the role.”

Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol, added: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Jens Marklof FRS as our new Dean of Science and look forward to working closely with him over the years ahead.”