Boyd said he has helped to develop a "increasing appreciation of the embeddedness and the importance of science in Defra".
The department's top scientist, who will advise on fire safety post-Grenfell, must have an engineering background, government CSA Patrick Vallance said.
Chief exec of UK Statistics Authority will retire from role in June 2019
Alan Singleton and Simon Bruno were fatally shot while undertaking a routine inspection on 22 November 1993
Government urged to boost life chances for youngsters battling adversity and save money at the same time
Role of government’s central digital team is evolving but central oversight is still required on policies such as IT disaggregation, minister tells PublicTechnology
The government said it would "think creatively about current and future challenges relating to cyber skills" in response to a joint select committee report.
Department is looking for a range of external suppliers to support work on its Technology Platforms for Tomorrow rollout
Treasury guidance encourages departments to offer “unreasonable certainty in timelines, costs and benefits”, IfG report finds
National Cyber Security Centre annual report reveals it has dealt with 1,100 cyber attacks in its first two years
Department call matched by new NHS Digital framework on data and technology standards
The science chief will advise on areas such as artificial intelligence, cyber security, space technology and chemical, biological and missile defence