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Stephen Hennigan

Office for Artificial Intelligence
Department for Culture, Media and Sport/ Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Confirmed)

Stephen Hennigan set up and is now the Deputy Head of the Government's Office for Artificial Intelligence, a joint Unit between DCMS and BEIS which aims to make the UK the best place to start and grow an AI Business. The Office co-ordinates government work on AI including to promote AI skills, the sharing of data to support AI development, supporting sectors to boost productivity by using AI, and leading the world in safe and ethical use of AI and data. The Office looks across all sectors of the economy and internationally to promote the use of AI, looking to bring together the UK's strengths in Digital, Data, regulation and ethics to create AI that works for everyone in society. For all of this work, the Office works closely with the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. Stephen has been a Civil Servant for 10 years with previous experience in Transport and Energy policy as well as Parliamentary legislation, and before that in Consultancy. He has a Masters degree in Physics from Oxford University.

  • Building on the government’s reputation as an international hub for AI innovation
  • Providing £20 million of funding to help the UK’s service industries, including law and insurance, with new pilot projects to identify how AI can transform and enhance their operations
  • Boosting AI skills and data driven technologies to continue to build a Britain that is shaping the future
  • Establishing a new £9m centre for data ethics and innovation to examine the possible structural changes to jobs, data privacy and safety that could result from the new technology
  • Allocating £300 million of government funding for AI research to make the UK a global leader in this technology