Other UKRI committees

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has a number of non-executive committees, which are responsible for advising and guiding the UKRI Board and Executive Committee.

Each of the nine councils also has its own Council, which sets the objectives and direction of that council.

Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC)

This committee supports our overall operational performance and offers assurances on governance, risk management, the control environment and the integrity of financial statements. It reports directly to the board.

Current non-executive members:

Nominations and Remuneration Committee (NomCo)

This committee determines the composition and effectiveness of the councils, and the remuneration of the Executive Chairs, CEO, CFO and other senior managers.

Current non-executive members include the following members of the UKRI Board:

  • Dr John Fingleton, Chief Executive Officer, Fingleton
  • Priya Guha, Venture Partner at Merian Ventures and BIC Chair
  • Professor Nola Hewitt-Dundas, Professor of Innovation Management and Policy and Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast
  • Sir Andrew Mackenzie, Chair of UKRI, UKRI NomCo Chair
  • Nigel Toon, Co-founder, Chair and CEO at Graphcore
  • Ruwan Weerasekera, Non-executive Director on the Board of UKRI and Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee

Board Investment Committee (BIC)

BIC is a committee of the UKRI Board. It promotes accountability for financial decision making by the Executive, as well as strengthening the independent challenge provided by the board.

BIC provides additional assurance to the Board and UKRI CEO on UKRI’s large, novel or contentious investments and projects as they progress through the UKRI business case approval process.

Current non-executive members include the following members of the UKRI Board:

Organisation Change Committee (OCC)

This committee is responsible for supporting the whole UKRI change agenda. This includes the Operating Model, Reforming our Business, and reform of systems. The committee aims to provide support of leadership, systems and practices.

Current non-executive members include the following members of the UKRI Board:

People, Finance and Operations Committee

The committee provides leadership and oversight in operational strategy and policy. It reports to the Executive Committee.

Strategy Committee

The Strategy Committee advises on the development and implementation of UKRI’s research strategy. It reports to the Executive Committee.

Health and Safety Management Committee

This is the senior governance forum for health and safety within UKRI and is a sub-committee of the Executive Committee.

Last updated: 27 March 2024

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