Professor Miles Elsden completed a PhD in applied mathematics before working in academia, industry and government. He has worked in multiple government departments advising on a wide range of issues across science and technology. His last role in government was as Chief Scientist at the Department for Transport where he worked on issues ranging from air quality to electric and autonomous cars. He left the Civil Service in 2015 to work for a US spin-out company in Artificial Intelligence and set up his own consultancy firm. He joined the University of York in 2021 as Director of the Institute for Safe Autonomy.