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Christine Foster joins Alan Turing Institute as managing director for innovation

The Alan Turing Institute has appointed Christine Foster, a former adviser to Virgin Media, as managing director for innovation.

Foster, who helped Virgin implement machine learning models, has been tasked with establishing real-world applications for the AI and data science institute’s research.

“My plan is to really figure out what businesses are needing and why they are coming to the Turing already,” she told NS Tech. “I’m also getting to know our researchers and their areas of interest.”

Foster added that there was major potential for AI and data science to improve the UK economy: “We can play really at the heart of it all, pulling all of the players together.”

Foster previously worked for a fintech startup, American Express and EMI Music in New York, and holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Last month, the government announced that the Turing would take on a new role as the national research centre for AI.

“We are delighted that the Government has today announced its commitment to enabling AI Fellows to join the Turing,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

“The government announcement also enacts the recommendation in Professor Dame Wendy Hall and Jérôme Pesenti’s report that the Turing becomes the national research centre for artificial intelligence, adding to the data science mission we were created with.”