Tony McEnery is an applied linguist whose work has centred on the use of large volumes of language data to explore questions related to the use and manipulation of language in society. He has worked with a wide range of partner organisations in his career, including companies such as British Telecom, IBM and Research in Motion (Blackberry), as well as public sector organisations, including the Home Office and NHS England. He began his academic career in the Department of Computer Science at Liverpool University in 1988. In 1990, he joined Lancaster University, where he is currently Distinguished Professor of English Language and Linguistics. He was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Lancaster (2008-2013) and Director of the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (2013-2016). From 2005-2008, he was the founding Director of Research at the Arts and Humanities Research Council and, from 2016-2018, he was Director of Research at the Economic and Social Research Council, where he also acted as interim Chief Executive from 2017 to 2018.