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Oxford Nanopore Technologies: Duncan Tatton-Brown

Oxford Nanopore Technologies has appointed Duncan Tatton-Brown as the incoming non-executive chair. Tatton-Brown will succeed Peter Allen, who will retire from the board at the end of July 2022. Currently, Tatton-Brown is a senior advisor to Ocado Group, a UK technology company, and serves on the boards of Cazoo and Trainline. Before that, he was Ocado's CFO from 2012 to 2020. Tatton-Brown holds a master's degree in engineering from King's College, Cambridge, UK.

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