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General Sir Nick Carter and Sir Patrick Vallance Join the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change


News26th February 2024

Former Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter and former Government Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance have joined the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (TBI) team of expert Strategic Counsellors.

They join former Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin in working with colleagues and teams across TBI’s portfolio of countries, advising political leaders globally on their reform programmes.

General Sir Nick Carter (GCB, CBE, DSO) has over 45 years of defence experience, culminating at the top of his profession as the Chief of the Defence Staff for the United Kingdom, where he was the principal military advisor to the Prime Minister, the National Security Council and the Secretary of State for Defence, and as Head of the UK Armed Forces.

As a Strategic Counsellor for Peace and Security, Nick brings leadership experience on matters of national and international security. He provides strategic counsel to TBI’s senior leadership and to the Institute’s global clients at a time of growing geopolitical uncertainty.

Sir Patrick Vallance (KCB, FRS, FRCP) brings significant expertise to TBI’s work on the transformative role science and technology can play for governments and societies around the world. Having previously been Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government and President, R&D at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Patrick has significant practical experience of government and cutting-edge scientific research.

In his role at the Institute, he will provide strategic advice and guidance to TBI’s global policy work, as well as practical solutions to challenges client governments face.

Tony Blair said:

“I am delighted that General Sir Nick Carter and Sir Patrick Vallance are joining the Institute as Strategic Counsellors. The depth and breadth of expertise they will bring in providing high-level strategic insight and advice within the Institute, and for the governments with which we work, will be invaluable. Our work with countries on peace and security and the opportunities provided by advances in science and technology will be enhanced enormously by their contributions.”

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