The government has appointed Dr Dave Smith as its national technology adviser following the departure of Sir Patrick Vallance from the role.

Sir Patrick left the position – which he described as “both challenging and immensely rewarding” – following a fixed five-year term.

Appointed by the Prime Minister after a rigorous process, the government says Smith’s extensive expertise and leadership in the tech sector ideally places him to guide the nation’s tech aspirations.

Most recently leading Rolls-Royce’s approach to innovation as technology director, his decades-long career has otherwise seen him sit as the managing director of a British tech firm working across cybersecurity, networking and more, before taking up key leadership roles in renowned public sector and technology consultancies.

“I am deeply honoured to serve as the UK’s national technology adviser. Throughout my career, I’ve consistently advocated for the transformative power of technology and innovation to redefine societies,” said Smith.

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to harness the growing potential of the British tech sector to drive growth and tackle society’s biggest challenges. Building upon the significant foundations laid by Sir Patrick Vallance, I’m eager to ensure the UK’s continued leadership and position as a global tech superpower.”

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He will advise the Technology Secretary on the best approach to building and enhancing the UK’s technology strengths, working across government to champion the science and tech industries, and build networks across industry and academia to draw the best minds into policymaking.

“Innovation in technology is one of the most important ways we can transform people’s lives, which is why I am delighted to appoint Dave Smith as the UK’s national technology adviser – who brings expertise and vision to this vital role,” said PM Rishi Sunak.

“We share the ambition of forging a better Britain and growing the economy through technology – and with Dave at the helm, we will champion the dynamism of the tech sector so that it can continue to thrive, attracting top talent, boosting innovation and cementing our place as a global science and technology superpower by 2030.”

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