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 Interim Chief Executive, Professor Tony McEnery.

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, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

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).

Council meeting minutes

Council membership

Council consists of a minimum of 10 members plus the Chair and Vice-Chair. Membership is reviewed annually. Appointments are advertised nationally and members are ultimately appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy.