Professor David Vaughan is the director of science with responsibility for the strategic development and excellence in scientific output of the Science teams employed by the British Antarctic Survey. He chairs the BAS Science Strategy Team and is a member of NERC Science Board. In 2017 he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to science.

Vaughan is a lead principal investigator for the Science Coordination Office of the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (SCO project). He and his team will integrate ITGC efforts for efficiency and effectiveness, foster wider scientific collaboration, and deliver crucial science outcomes to key stakeholders.