Paul Woobey is the Director of ICT and leads the IT facility, which provides high-performance IT infrastructure (HPC) and Enterprise computing to support the large-scale science performed at the Sanger Institute.

Our HPC (supercomputing) environment is recognised as World Class and we aim to provide First Class Production Platforms and Services for the institute. However, we do recognise that the next 5 years will bring a number of challenges for IT at the Sanger Institute. Catering for the increasing scale of science that is possible through decreasing costs and higher throughput from sequencing – which is predicted to double our data and computational requirements in the next five years. Our data centre is 90% full, so we need be prepared to open the 4th quadrant (3 are used currently) early in the next Quinqenium to cope with growth. Spin-out organisations and Bio-incubator organisations – with our ambition to offer our IT expertise and experience to these organisations under the banner of “Science as a Service”. Collaboration with our peers around the world amidst changing regulatory and validation requirements.

Prior to joining the Sanger Institute, I held a number of senior positions in IT. I was CIO and Head of Methodology at the Office for National Statistics (ONS). At Pfizer, I was the CIO for Europe, Middle East, and Africa. I was the Vice President for Global Infrastructure at GE and before that Amersham International. Earlier, I worked in high energy particle physics research at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and in reactor physics for the Atomic Energy Authority. I graduated in atomic physics and mathematics.