Members of the ESRC Council, February 2015

The role of the ESRC Council is to decide on all issues of major importance, principally issues of corporate strategy, key strategic objectives and targets. Responsibility for delivering key strategy is delegated to the Chief Executive, Professor Jane Elliott.

The Council Chair, Dr Alan Gillespie, and Council members share collective responsibility for the ESRC's performance. Members are required to observe the highest standards of impartiality, integrity and objectivity in relation to the use of public funds and management of the organisation.

The ESRC Council meets four times a year. The meetings are also attended by a representative of the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The Council's Terms of Reference can be found in the ESRC Management Statement (PDF, 1.5Mb). A framework for the conduct and business of Council is detailed in the Council Protocol (PDF, 151Kb).

Redacted minutes of previous meetings

Council membership

The ESRC Council consists of the Chair, Chief Executive and 12 other members. Membership is reviewed annually. Appointments are advertised nationally and members are ultimately appointed by the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills.

Alan Gillespie, ESRC Chair
Alan Gillespie, ESRC Chair

Partner and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and Co; Chairman of the Ulster Bank Group; Senior Independent Director of Old Mutual plc. (current term ends June 2017)

Mr Martin Coleman
Mr Martin Coleman

Head of Antitrust, Competition and Regulatory practice at Norton Rose LLP. Current term ends July 2016.

Dr James Richardson
Dr James Richardson

Director, Fiscal and Deputy Chief Economic Adviser, HM Treasury. Current term ends July 2017.

Mr Mark Robson
Mr Mark Robson

Head of Statistics and Regulatory Data, Bank of England. Current term ends March 2019.

Professor Judith Squires
Professor Judith Squires

Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education and Students, University of Bristol. Current term ends August 2018.

Ms Karin Woodley
Ms Karin Woodley

Chief Executive, Cambridge House. Current term ends January 2019.