Meet our Advisory Council

Sir John Gieve, Nesta chair

Sir John Gieve is an independent director of VocaLink, the UK provider of payment systems, and of CLS, the forex settlement company. He is also Deputy Chair of Homerton NHS Trust, and a regular commentator on economic policy. He was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England from 2006 to 2009. From 2001 to 2005, he was Permanent Secretary of the Home Office.

Sarah Hunter, Director of Global Public Policy at X, the Moonshot Factory, part of Alphabet.

Sarah joined X in 2013 and lived in California for five years, running a team that translates between the engineers and scientists at X, and the policy makers and regulators in Government. Prior, Sarah ran the UK Public Policy team for Google, leading the company’s work around internet policy issues.

Jimmy Wales, Founder of the online non-profit encyclopaedia Wikipedia and co-founder of the privately owned Wikia, Inc.

Jimmy serves on the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation. In 2019, Jimmy launched WT Social – a news-focused social network. In 2006 Jimmy was named in Time magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’ for his role in creating Wikipedia.

Cecilia Mundaca Shah, Global Health Specialist

Ceci is a public health program specialist trained as a physician in Peru. She is recognized for designing and leading projects to address complex science and health policy issues, particularly in global health security and pandemic preparedness and response. In her current role, she directs the team at the US National Academy of Medicine that supports the work of the G20 High-Level Panel.

Judy Gibbons, Chairman of Which? Ltd. and Beyond. Non-executive director for Capri Holdings.

Judy’s previous board roles include the Guardian Media Group and O2. Her executive career spans a variety of senior leadership positions in digital technology companies including as venture partner at Accel Partners, the Silicon Valley founded venture capital firm.