ION-DRI Programme


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The IoN-DRI programme is sponsored by Professor Alan Thompson, Dean of the UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences, and organised into different workstreams, each of which is sponsored by senior leads from across UCL.

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Leadership Team

The leadership team have overall oversight of the programme, with responsibility for ensuring successful programme delivery.

Organisations in the building – leads

The new facility at Grays Inn Road will be home to three bodies: the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, the UK Dementia Research Institute and the UCLH National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Programme team

The programme team are responsible for ensuring that oversight is provided through reporting, governance meetings, budget tracking, issue and risk management and key review points to ensure the programme can successfully move to its next stage of delivery.

Construction team

The construction team oversee the delivery of the new state-of-the-art building on Grays Inn Road and the renovations of IoN’s laboratories and office space within Queen Square House.

  • Kevin Argent (k.argent@ucl.ac.uk), Director of Estates Development
  • Martin Treacy (m.treacy@ucl.ac.uk), UCL Estates Lead
  • ISG, Main Build Contractor
  • Hawkins Brown, Architect
  • Arcadis, Project Managers

Transformation team

The transformation is led through the Transformation Group, which is chaired by Professor Mike Hanna and which oversees the delivery of the transformation. The delivery team is led by David Howard, Programme Manager.

Operational leads


  • Adrian Punaks (a.punaks@ucl.ac.uk), Executive Director of Development, UCL Office of the Vice Provost Advancement

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    How are decisions made?

    Ultimate accountability for and financial control of the IoN-DRI programme sits with the UCL Council.

    The IoN-DRI Executive Group has been established to govern and oversee delivery of the programme. This Executive Group is chaired by the Vice Provost (Health) and membership includes senior academic representation, as well as senior management for Operations, Finance and Estates.

    Reporting into the Executive Group is the IoN-DRI Steering Group, which oversees and shapes the direction of the programme.

    The Infrastructure Programme Board is the leadership forum for the delivery of the construction elements of the programme.

    The Strategic Users Group includes representation across IoN, UK DRI and NHNN to determine key elements of the building and the way it will operate.

    A number of additional strategy groups provide senior academic/organisational leadership over different elements of the programme.

    A number of workstreams ensure that delivery is coordinated among all of those delivering in line with leadership requirements from the strategy groups.