Sir John Taylor is an honorary fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and was a visiting professor at Oxford University from 2004-2009. He is a computer scientist and business leader whose pioneering research has helped to guide UK strategy in computational technologies. His early work was on multiprocessor computer architectures, computer security and secure data networks. A Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, John was awarded an OBE for services to the computing industry and in 2004 received a knighthood for services to scientific research.
Sir John completed a five year term as Director General of Research Councils, responsible for the UK Science Budget and the seven Research Councils funding research across the whole spectrum of science and technology in the UK science and engineering base.
He was formerly Director of Hewlett Packard Laboratories Bristol, where he developed major programs of research in areas including internet security, wireless communications, telecommunications, personal digital imaging, software engineering and mathematics.
He was chairman of Roke Manor Research Ltd from 2004-2010, and in May 2009 became Chairman of the Web Science Trust. He was a non-executive Director on the main board of Rolls Royce from 2004-2007 and a member of the Council of the Royal Academy of Engineering from 2004-2007. Sir John was Web Science Trust Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2009 – 2014.