Appointments assurance committee

The appointments assurance committee is a subcommittee of council.

The committee is responsible for reviewing the adequacy and robustness of the nomination and selection processes and confirming new appointments to EPSRC’s strategic advisory bodies (Strategic Advisory Network (SAN) and Strategic Advisory Teams (SATs)). In addition, this subcommittee also provides advice to the Executive Chair on Council’s own composition and assist with the development of recruitment specifications for council vacancies.

Terms of reference

A subcommittee of council, to be called the Appointments Assurance Committee (AAC), will be responsible for confirming and ratifying all appointments to EPSRC’s strategic advisory bodies Strategic Advisory Network, Science, Engineering and Technology Board (SETB) and Strategic Advisory Teams. In addition this sub-committee will also provide advice to council on its own composition and assist with the development of recruitment specifications for council vacancies.

Members of the subcommittee will be agreed by council. The subcommittee will comprise the executive chair of EPSRC, the senior independent member (SIM) of council, and two other members of council. The executive chair of EPSRC will chair this subcommittee; in his absence the SIM member will deputise.

The group will report directly to council and meet at least twice a year but can convene whenever deemed necessary. It will report directly to council following each meeting.

For appointments, the subgroup will consider and review recommendations proposed by the executive. In particular its role will be to consider and challenge the rationale for proposed appointments, and to ensure that open, inclusive and transparent nomination and selection processes have been followed. In addition the subcommittee will be responsible for ensuring that due consideration has been given to diversity issues. Ethnicity, gender balance, career-stage, appropriate representation of industry and academia, location and institution will be taken into account. The committee will, as necessary, raise exceptions to recommendations made to it, where, for example, it believes that the stated processes have not been followed.


  • Alison Etheridge, Professor of Probability and Deputy Head of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division in the University of Oxford
  • Charlotte Deane, EPSRC Executive Chair
  • Mark Smith, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton
  • Tim Whitley, MD Research and Innovation for BT and MD of BT’s R&D Campus ‘Adastral Park’ in Suffolk

Last updated: 13 March 2024

This is the website for UKRI: our seven research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Let us know if you have feedback or would like to help improve our online products and services.