Phil Sooben

Phil is Director for Policy and Resources, and Deputy Chief Executive.

After an education at the Universities of Oxford and Warwick, Phil has been with ESRC since 1988. During this time he has had responsibility for research funding, postgraduate training, human resources, corporate strategy and communications.

His current role entails oversight of all areas of Council business including corporate strategy and governance; financial and workforce planning; and cross-Council collaboration. He also leads for ESRC on the What Works initiative and chairs the what works in crime reduction funders group. He is also a member of the What Works Advisory Council, the governing board of the Public Policy Institute for Wales, the Board for What Works Wellbeing and the Alliance for Useful Evidence Funders Group.

He currently represents ESRC on the Strategic Forum for the Social Sciences and the RCUK Operations Oversight Board, and chairs the newly formed Campus Oversight Board. He has also represented RCUK on a number of national groups in areas such as the Research Excellence Framework and the concordat on research integrity.