Alison Robinson

NERC Deputy Executive Chair

Alison Robinson is Deputy Executive Chair at the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and chair of the NERC Directors’ and NERC Management Board meetings.

Alison has oversight of the development of NERC strategy and the spending review submissions and leads on wider engagement for NERC and UKRI environmental sustainability.

Alison started out as a lawyer, working in the courts and the voluntary sector before joining the public service in Australia. Alison moved to Bangladesh in 2013, and worked with national NGOs contributing to their strategy and advocacy to support programmes promoting disability rights and preventing domestic violence. Before joining NERC as Director, Corporate Affairs in July 2014, Alison helped set up the Legal Ombudsman, a national organisation.

Alison has a combined degree in arts and  law from UNSW, Australia, and completed a research masters of social policy and  planning while living and working in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Alison is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and a trustee of the UK Association of Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC).

Last updated: 5 September 2023

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