UK-ESS Project Board

The UK contribution to the European Spallation Source (ESS) is coordinated through the UK-ESS Project Board.


  • Andrew Taylor STFC (Chair)
  • Mark Thomson, STFC
  • Jon Goff, Royal Holloway University of London
  • Roger Pynn, University of Indiana
  • Paolo Radaelli, University of Oxford
  • Richard Wade, Richard Wade Associates
  • Giovanni Romanelli, STFC (Secretary)

In attendance

  • Justin Greenhalgh, STFC
  • Philippa Kingston, STFC
  • Kamini Manick, STFC
  • Robert McGreevy, STFC
  • Mauro Zambelli, ESS
  • Helen Beadman, STFC
  • Oliver Payne, Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT)
  • Alli Brown, UK Atomic Energy Authority
  • Laura Sewell, STFC
  • Jane Warren, STFC
  • Mark Affonso, STFC

The project board will seek additional external advice as required.

Terms of reference

The duties of the UK-ESS Project Board are to:

  • monitor the overall progress of the UK-ESS project
  • advise the project sponsor and project manager about UK contributions to the project
  • approve UK contributions to a balanced budget for the construction of ESS, including the agreement of cash and in-kind contributions
  • monitor compliance and progress of UK contributions to the construction phase
  • agree work package proposals (proposed by the project office), prior to contract finalisation with ESS
  • approve the cost plan and monitor UK expenditure
  • monitor compliance with the STFC procurement strategy
  • ensure effective communication throughout the project, including the active dissemination of progress reports and other outcomes to STFC and ESS management
  • ensure the engagement of STFC staff and other stakeholders (including DSIT, other research councils, Science Board and the wider research community, UK industry)
  • receive and monitor reports from individual working package oversight committees (to ensure progress and technical development)
  • review the project risk register, monitor risks and advise STFC as appropriate
    approve all bids to the contingency (above an agreed level)
  • sign off the ESS-UK project on completion on behalf of STFC.

Last updated: 14 February 2023

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