9 October 2013 | The Royal Institution, London, UK
About the speaker
David Willetts has been the Member of Parliament for Havant since 1992. He has worked at HM Treasury, the Number 10 Policy Unit, and served as Paymaster General in the last Conservative Government.
He has also previously served as the Shadow Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities & Skills, Shadow Secretary of State for Work & Pensions and for Trade & Industry.
He is a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation, a member of the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, a member of the Global Ageing Commission and a Visiting Professor at the Cass Business School.
In May 2010, David was appointed Minister for Universities and Science and in June 2010 became a Privy Councillor. Responsibilities include:
- Higher education (including the Higher Education Funding Council for England and Student Loans Company)
- Science and research (including research councils)
- Life sciences
- Technology and the arts - National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA)
- UK Space Agency
David is married to Sarah Butterfield. She is an artist and has exhibited in London and New York. They have two children: Imogen and Matthew.
David and Sarah are keen walkers on the South Downs and swimmers. David has swum for charity against an Olympic hopeful and raised £1,500 for charity cycling in the Paris to Hayling ride.