Our staff are organised in seven directorates, plus the Executive Chair’s Office.
Professor Grahame Blair is the Executive Director of Programmes.
The Programmes Directorate (PD) is responsible for the STFC’s science and technology strategy, science operations and planning (including the STFC’s processes for peer review), as well as STFC’s programmes in education, training and public outreach. The PD has one other director:
- Marc Balcells – Director, Isaac Newton group of Telescopes, La Palma
The National Laboratories provide research facilities and capabilities that, because of their scale, complexity, strategic character or cost, are appropriately operated as a national research resource.
These facilities and capabilities include access for external users to neutron scattering and light source facilities, laser facilities, accelerator research facilities and high performance computing. They also include national technical capabilities in nuclear physics, particle physics, astronomy, accelerator science, instrumentation and space technology.
The primary mission of the laboratories is to facilitate national research capability, and they should therefore complement and collaborate with the university research base.
National Laboratories consists of:
- Accelerator Science and Technology Centre
- Central Laser Facility
- Hartree Centre
- ISIS Neutron and Muon Source
- National Quantum Computing Centre
- Particle Physics Department including Boulby Underground Laboratory
- RAL Space
- Scientific Computing Department
- UK Astronomy Technology Centre
Chief Operating Officer
The chief operating officer is responsible for governance, estates management operations and support services, health, safety and environment, environmental sustainability, security and continuous improvement.
The Finance Directorate is headed up by Mark Affonso.
It is responsible for STFC’s overall budgeting and associated financial planning and for the financial and management accounting processes within the council.
The Finance Directorate is responsible for STFC’s overall budgeting and associated financial planning and for the financial and management accounting processes within the council.
Business and innovation
The Business and Innovation Directorate (BID) is led by Paul Vernon.
BID is responsible for delivering and developing the effective transfer of knowledge between STFC, universities, industries and other organisations.
It is also responsible for developing strategies and co-ordinating implementation plans for increasing the economic impact of STFC’s investments in universities, its own facilities and the international laboratories.
Strategy, Planning and Communications
Strategy, Planning and Communications (SPC) is led by Dr Liz Fellman.
SPC brings together the core functions that are needed to help the organisation shape, communicate and monitor our national and international strategic agenda.
SPC is comprised of specialists from across the strategy, planning and communications arena. Expert and professional, with a deep understanding of STFC and its stakeholders, we are impartial in our work and act as a bridge across the organisation.
The Human Resources (HR) Directorate is headed up by Peter Thompson.
It is responsible for delivering and developing people management practices that will support STFC to achieve its vision and strategic goals.
STFC’s HR structure allows HR to operate at a strategic level whilst also providing a solid base of day-to-day operational support.
The team interfaces with the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS) who are responsible for HR transactional activity.
Last updated: 21 October 2022