The Council

The role of the Council is to:

  • Support the Executive Chair in ensuring the successful operation of Research England, including setting priorities and activities in line with UK Research and Innovation’s overall strategy, and considering key risks.
  • Provide expert advice on the development of Research England’s strategic delivery plan, with critical-friend monitoring and review of progress against this.
  • Provide strategic advice to UK Research and Innovation on the research and knowledge exchange system of relevance to Research England.
  • Act as ambassadors and advocates for UK Research and Innovation and Research England.

The Council will be chaired by an Executive Chair, David Sweeney. The Executive Chair provides leadership for Research England as well as maintaining strategic oversight of its functions. In addition to the Executive Chair, the members of the first council are:

  • Dr Richard Armour - (Retiring) Secretary-General, University Grants Committee, Hong Kong.
  • Professor Naren Barfield - Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Provost Designate, Pro-Rector, Royal College of Art
  • Dr Phil Clare - Research Services and Head of Knowledge Exchange, University of Oxford
  • Professor Dame Jessica Corner - Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Exchange), University of Nottingham
  • Professor Nandini Das - Professor of English Literature, University of Liverpool
  • Professor Maria Delgado - Director of Research and Professor of Theatre and Screen Arts, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London
  • Dame Janet Finch - Former Vice-Chancellor of Keele University, and Honorary Professor of Sociology, University of Manchester
  • Professor Susan Hodgett - Professor of Area Studies, University of East Anglia
  • Professor Graeme Reid - Professor of Science and Research Policy, University College London
  • Mr Peter Saraga - (Senior Independent Member), Former Managing Director of Philips Research Laboratories UK, Chair of HEFCE’s UKRPIF panel
  • Professor Deborah Smith - Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, University of York

Professor Trevor McMillan, the Vice-Chancellor of Keele University, will attend as an observer in his capacity as chair of the Knowledge Exchange Framework steering group. Senior representatives from the devolved funding bodies and the Office for Students are also invited as observers to all Council meetings.