Professor Eccleston will take over from Professor Robert McGreevy when he retires in Autumn 2021. He is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Sheffield Hallam University having previously been Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Global Engagement, and Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Art, Computing Engineering and Sciences.
Professor Eccleston first worked at ISIS as a sandwich student in 1987, before taking on the roles of Instrument Scientist, Group Leader and Division Head between 1992 and 2004 and as Director of STFC's Technology Department between 2007 and 2009.
STFC’s Executive Director for National Laboratories: Large Scale Facilities, Dr Alan Partridge, said: “We are delighted to welcome Roger back to RAL and STFC. His background in neutron science and leadership in research, innovation and knowledge exchange make him the ideal candidate to lead ISIS into its next phase. The facility has gone from strength to strength under the leadership of Robert, positioning ISIS as a world-class scientific facility, and we look forward to building on that success under Roger’s stewardship.”
Professor Eccleston said: “It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to lead ISIS through the next phase of its development. I am looking forward to working with dedicated colleagues to ensure ISIS continues to provide world-leading facilities and produce outstanding research in partnership with the user community.”