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UKRI-BBSRC Council members appointed

Council members of BBSRC have been confirmed by the board of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); they will take up their posts following the establishment of UKRI on 1 April 2018.

BBSRC's Chief Executive, Professor Melanie Welham, said: “I am delighted to welcome all members to the new BBSRC Council. BBSRC’s Council members bring both a wealth of experience and an invaluably diverse blend and range of skills gained across academia, industry and government. I am confident that they will help BBSRC and UK Research and Innovation to achieve our objectives and build upon the UK's world-leading position in research and innovation.”

UKRI-BBSRC Council members appointed:

  • Professor Ewan Birney***
  • Dr Belinda Clarke^
  • Professor Ian Graham
  • Professor Laura Green
  • Professor Martin Humphries*
  • Dr Deborah Keith^
  • Professor Ottoline Leyser
  • Professor Andrew Millar
  • Professor Malcolm Skingle
  • Professor David Stephens
  • Professor Ian Boyd**

The councils will be responsible for advising and making decisions, as delegated to it by the UK Research and Innovation Board, on scientific, research and innovation matters. These responsibilities will include:

  • The leadership of their discipline area or fields of activity, including the prioritisation of budgets within their delegated remits and the development of delivery plans
  • Ensuring the future of skilled specialists, researchers, scientists and others essential to the sustainability of the UK’s research and innovation capacity
  • Engaging with their community to develop ideas, raise awareness and disseminate strategic outputs
  • Encouraging and facilitating collaborative work across the nine UKRI councils to foster strategic relationships.

Professor Sir Mark Walport UK Research and Innovation Chief Executive Designate, commented: "I am delighted to welcome these new Council members. Their stimulus, support and challenge will provide a critical role in the development of strategy and the governance of UK Research and Innovation. The diversity of their personal backgrounds, experience and expertise will ensure that we make the very best choices in how to invest wisely in research and innovation and develop capability and capacity for the future."

* Senior Independent Member: One member will be appointed as Senior Independent Member with a direct communication channel to the Board and Chief Executive
** Councils will want to call on the best expertise and advice as required to fulfil their functions.  As such, UK Research and Innovation will ask Civil servants (including but not limited to Chief Scientific Advisors), to join the council in a personal capacity.
*** Will take up appointment in April 2019
^ Members previously served as a member of the research council.


Notes to editors

  • The appointments to Council are made in accordance with the Code of the Commissioner for Public Appointments
  • All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees' political activity (if any declared) to be made public. No political activity has been declared by any appointee
  • Appointees each receive an annual remuneration of £6,850 for their position on Council
  • None of the appointees currently holds any ministerial public appointment
  • Under the HER Act each of the nine councils within UK Research and Innovation has a Council comprising the Executive Chair and between 5-12 ordinary members. Council members are appointed by the UK Research and Innovation Board in consultation with the relevant Executive Chair. The Secretary of State may appoint one of the members, and is entitled to attend any Council meeting (or nominate a representative to attend).


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