Nigel Bird

NERC Director Major Programmes

Nigel Bird is Director Major Programmes at the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and a member of the NERC Assurance Board and NERC Management Board.

Nigel is Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) for the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme (AIMP), which includes the RRS Sir David Attenborough, at NERC and NERC’s Director of Major Projects and Commercial.

NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation. Prior to his current role Nigel has served as the Programme Director for AIMP and the finance director of Economic and Social Research Council, UK Shared Business Services and NERC.

Nigel Bird is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, has a degree in Biology, an MBA in Global Business Strategy. Nigel has worked in senior leadership positions within the Research Council’s for 19 years.

Nigel’s key achievements to date include working and leading teams delivering: the successful design, build and operations of RRS James Cook and RRS Discovery; purchase and operation of BAE 146 Atmospheric Research Aircraft; reconfiguration of the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Understanding Society the UK Household longitudinal study and marine infrastructure in Antarctica.

Last updated: 5 September 2023

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