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Five UK Research and Innovation Councils announced


Five UK Research and Innovation Councils announced

In line with the Higher Education and Research Act (2017), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is establishing membership of its nine Councils. The Board of UK Research and Innovation has appointed members to five Councils: Art and Humanities Research Council, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Innovate UK, Medical Research Council and Science and Technology Facilities Council. These appointments were recommended to the UKRI Board by the Executive Chair of each Council.

The Councils will be responsible for advising and making decisions, as delegated to it by the UK Research and Innovation Board, on scientific, research and innovation matters. These responsibilities will include:

  • the leadership of their discipline area or fields of activity, including the prioritisation of budgets within their delegated remits and the development of delivery plans; 
  • ensuring the future of skilled specialists, researchers, scientists and others essential to the sustainability of the UK’s research and innovation capacity; 
  • engaging with their community to develop ideas, raise awareness and disseminate strategic outputs; and
  • encouraging and facilitating collaborative work across the nine UKRI Councils to foster strategic relationships. 

The members announced today reflect the diversity of communities that they represent including higher education, industry, policy and civil society.

Professor Sir Mark Walport UK Research and Innovation Chief Executive Designate, commented:

"I am delighted to welcome these new Council members. Their stimulus, support and challenge will provide a critical role in the development of strategy and the governance of UK Research and Innovation. The diversity of their personal backgrounds, experience and expertise will ensure that we make the very best choices in how to invest wisely in research and innovation and develop capability and capacity for the future."

The Arts and Humanities Research Council members appointed by UK Research and Innovation are:

  • Professor Hagan Bayley, Professor of Chemical Biology, University of Oxford
  • Professor Dame Janet Beer, Vice Chancellor, University of Liverpool
  • Professor Sir Drummond Bone*^, Master of Balliol College, University of Oxford
  • Ms Deborah Bull^, Assistant Principal, King's College London
  • Professor Sir David Eastwood^, Vice Chancellor and Principal, University of Birmingham
  • Professor Anthony Lilley^, Professor of Creative Industries, Ulster University
  • Dame Judith Macgregor, former British High Commissioner to South Africa, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Professor Fiona Macpherson^, Professor of Philosophy, University of Glasgow
  • Ms Catherine Mallyon, Executive Director, Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Professor Greg Walker^, Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Chris Wickham, Chichele Professor of Medieval History emeritus, University of Oxford

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council members appointed by UK Research and Innovation are:

  • Professor Ewan Birney***, Director, European Bioinformatics Institute
  • Dr Belinda Clarke^, Director, Agri-Tech East
  • Professor Ian Graham, Head of Department of Biology, University of York
  • Professor Laura Green, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor of Interdisciplinary Research and Impact, University of Warwick
  • Professor Martin Humphries*, Professor of Biochemistry, University of Manchester
  • Dr Deborah Keith^, former Head of Global R&D External Collaborations, Syngenta 
  • Professor Ottoline Leyser, Professor of Plant Development, Cambridge University
  • Professor Andrew Millar, Professor of Systems Biology, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Malcolm Skingle, Director of Global External Science and Technology, GSK
  • Professor David Stephens, Professor of Cell Biology, University of Bristol
  • Professor Ian Boyd**, Chief Scientific Adviser, Defra

The Innovate UK Council members appointed by UK Research and Innovation are:

  • Dr Arnab Basu, Chief Executive, Kromek
  • Baroness Brown of Cambridge
  • Professor Juliet Davenport, Chief Executive, Good Energy
  • Dr John Fingleton, Chief Executive, Fingleton Associates
  • Ms Priya Guha^, Ecosystem General Manager, RocketSpace UK
  • Dr Elaine Jones, Vice President, Pfizer Venture
  • Sir Harpal Kumar*, Innovation Champion, UK Research and Innovation
  • Professor John Latham^, Vice-Chancellor, Coventry University
  • Sir William Sargent, Chief Executive, Framestore
  • Mr Stephen Welton, Chief Executive, BGF

The Medical Research Council members appointed by UK Research and Innovation are:

  • Dr John Brown^, Chair of the Cell Therapy Catapult
  • Professor Anne-Ferguson Smith***, Professor of Genetics, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Roger Highfield, Director of External Affairs, the Science Museum Group, London
  • Professor John Iredale^, Pro-Vice Chancellor Health, University of Bristol
  • Mr Richard Murley^*, Vice Chairman of Rothschild
  • Dr Mene Pangalos^, Executive Vice-President of Innovative Medicines, AstraZeneca
  • Professor Jill Pell, Director of Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed, NHS Chair of Pharmacogenetics, University of Liverpool
  • Professor Eleanor Riley, Director, The Roslin Institute
  • Dr Graham Spittle, Chair of Health Data Research UK
  • Professor Irene Tracey^, Nuffield Chair of Anaesthetic Science and Head of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford
  • Dr Pauline Williams^, Senior Vice-President, GSK
  • Professor Charlotte Watts**, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for International Development
  • Dr Louise Wood**, Director of Science Research and Evidence, Department of Health

The Science and Technology Facilities Council members appointed by UK Research and Innovation are:

  • Professor Isabelle Baraffe, Chair in Astrophysics, University of Exeter
  • Professor Mike Dunne, Director, Linac Coherent Light Source, Stanford University, US
  • Mr Dick Elsy, CEO, High Value Manufacturing Catapult
  • Professor Karen Holford^, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cardiff
  • Professor Richard Kenway*^, Vice-Principal, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Anu Ojha, Director Education and Space Communications, National Space Academy, National Space Centre
  • Professor David Price^, Professor of Mineral Physics, UCL
  • Professor Sheila Rowan, Director, Institute for Gravitational Research, University of Glasgow
  • Professor David Rugg, Senior Research Manager, Rolls-Royce
  • Professor Tony Ryan^, Professor of Physical Chemistry, University of Sheffield
  • Dr Frances Saunders, former CEO, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

All members will take up their positions from 1 April 2018 unless otherwise stated. The members of the Councils will serve terms of between one and four years. These staggered terms will balance continuity with evolving membership of the councils in future.

Membership of EPSRC, ESRC and NERC Councils and the Research England Council have already been announced.

Notes for Editors

  • The appointments to Councils are made in accordance with the Code of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.
  • All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. No political activity has been declared by either appointee.
  • Appointees each receive an annual remuneration of £6,850 for their position on Council.
  • None of the appointees currently holds any ministerial public appointment.
  • Under the HER Act each of the nine Councils within UK Research and Innovation has a Council comprising the Executive Chair and between 5-12 ordinary members. Council members are appointed by the UK Research and Innovation Board in consultation with the relevant Executive Chair. The Secretary of State may appoint one of the members, and is entitled to attend any Council meeting (or nominate a representative to attend).
    *Senior Independent Member: One member will be appointed as Senior Independent Member with a direct communication channel to the Board and Chief Executive.
    **Councils will want to call on the best expertise and advice as required to fulfil their functions. As such, UK Research and Innovation will ask Civil servants (including but not limited to Chief Scientific Advisors), to join the council in a personal capacity.
    ***Appointments have been deferred for one year and will commence on 1 April 2019.
    ^ Members previously served as a member of the research council.

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