New Arts and Humanities Research Council announced

Date: 23/03/2018

The Board of UK Research and Innovation has confirmed the appointment of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s new Council – the senior decision making body of the organisation.

The Council comes into effect with the launch of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) on 1 April 2018.

Professor Andrew Thompson, AHRC Chief Executive and Executive Chair Designate, said: “This is a very exciting time for the arts and humanities, and our Council will play a vital role in telling the story of the importance and impact of the research that we fund. I am delighted to welcome the members of our new Council, whose commitment to the arts and humanities will help to shape and strengthen our strategy as we enter UKRI.

“I also want to express my sincere gratitude to the outgoing members of Council for their valued contribution and dedication to the AHRC.”

The Arts and Humanities Research Council members appointed by UK Research and Innovation are:

  • Professor Hagan Bayley, Professor of Chemical Biology, University of Oxford
  • Professor Dame Janet Beer, Vice Chancellor, University of Liverpool
  • Professor Sir Drummond Bone*^, Master of Balliol College, University of Oxford
  • Deborah Bull^, Assistant Principal (London), King’s College London
  • Professor Sir David Eastwood^, Vice Chancellor and Principal, University of Birmingham
  • Professor Anthony Lilley^, CEO & Chief Creative Officer, Magic Lantern Productions Ltd and Professor of Creative Industries at Ulster University
  • Dame Judith Macgregor DCMG LVO, former British High Commissioner to South Africa, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Professor Fiona Macpherson^, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience, University of Glasgow
  • Catherine Mallyon, Executive Director, Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Professor Greg Walker^, Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Chris Wickham, Chichele Professor of Medieval History emeritus, University of Oxford, Professor of Medieval History, University of Birmingham

As part of the nine Councils of UKRI, the AHRC Council will work with Professor Thompson to deliver the AHRC’s aims and objectives and to support UKRI's overall mission to maintain the UK’s world-leading position in research and innovation. The AHRC Council members will also provide Professor Thompson, and UKRI more widely, with input, intelligence and feedback from their communities and stakeholder groups. The Council will act as a critical friend to the UKRI Board.

The members announced today – totalling 40 people across the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Councils of the – Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Innovate UK, Medical Research Council and Science and Technology Facilities Council - reflect the diversity of communities that they represent coming from varied backgrounds and experiences including academia, business, policy, third sector and voluntary sector.

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."

Notes for Editors:

  • The appointments to Councils 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 either 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). * Senior Independent Member: One member will be appointed as Senior Independent Member with a direct communication channel to the Board and Chief Executive. ^ Members previously served as a member of the research council.
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