Knighthood for CCT/COT Trustee

Professor Mark Welland, the founder of the Nanoscience Centre at the University of Cambridge and a Trustee of the Cambridge Commonwealth and Cambridge Overseas Trusts, has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Sir Mark is currently on secondment to the Ministry of Defence as Chief Scientific Adviser, where he directs the science and technology programme, chairs the Investment Approvals Board that authorises all major capital procurement projects, and acts as the Principal of the 1958 Mutual Defence Agreement between the US and the UK on nuclear matters. During his secondment he remains Professor of Nanotechnology at the University.

On learning of the award he said "I feel deeply honoured. It has been a real privilege over the past 25 years to work with the exceptional students, researchers, staff and academics that make Cambridge so special. Over the past three years in Government I feel equally privileged to have worked with civilian and military colleagues to support UK Defence and Security."