The Institute of Cancer Research has appointed GlaxoSmithKline's Dr Adrian Cottrell as chief information officer to lead its information and communication technologies.

Dr Adrian will take up the post  in September after nearly 30 years at GSK, with the task of leading delivery of infrastructure and services to meet the challenges and opportunities of cancer research.

He will lead an ambitious programme of information and communication technologies to support the full spectrum of the ICR’s research and work closely with the ICR’s Head of Data Science, Professor Bissan Al-Lazikani, to enhance the exploitation of digital technologies in the detection, treatment and prevention of cancer.

Dr Charmaine Griffiths, chief operating officer of The Institute of Cancer Research, London, said: “We are delighted to have Dr Cottrell join us as chief information officer and know he will lead the team to meet the changing and complex needs of our researcher community. His expertise and outstanding track record mean he will be a great addition to the team.”