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Lloyd's Register Professor of Offshore Engineering, Newcastle University

Dr Zhiqiang Hu has been appointed Lloyd's Register Professor of Offshore Engineering at Newcastle University.

Zhiqiang received his bachelor degree (Ship Engineering), master's degree (Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineeering), and doctoral degree (Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering) at Shanghai, Jiao Tong University.  He joined Newcastle University in 2016.  Before that, he had worked in the School of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Civil Engineering in Shanghai, Jiao Tong University for fifteen years.  His teaching and research interests in naval architecture and ocean engineering relate to hydrodynamics, structural dynamics, and basin model test conducting technology.


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.