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.
Redacted minutes of previous meetings
- Council minutes, 13 February 2015 (PDF, 117Kb)
- Council minutes, 28 November 2014 (PDF, 227Kb)
- Council minutes, 5 September 2014 (PDF, 241Kb)
- Council minutes, 23 May 2014 (PDF, 74Kb)
- Council minutes, 7 February 2014 (PDF, 68Kb)
- Council minutes, 10 December 2013 (PDF, 66Kb)
- Council minutes, 27 September 2013 (PDF, 73Kb)
- Council minutes, 7 June 2013 (PDF, 79Kb)
The ESRC Council consists of the Chair, Chief Executive and twelve 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.
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)
Jane took up the post of Chief Executive in October 2014.
Vice Chancellor, University of Bath. Current term ends July 2017.
Head of Antitrust, Competition and Regulatory practice at Norton Rose LLP. Current term ends July 2016.
Dean of Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham. Current term ends March 2018.
Professor of Education, University of Stirling. Current term ends July 2016.
Professor of Geography, University of Southampton. Current term ends July 2016.
Director, Fiscal and Deputy Chief Economic Adviser, HM Treasury. Current term ends July 2017.
Head of Statistics and Regulatory Data, Bank of England. Current term ends March 2019.
Executive producer, BBC. Current term ends July 2018.
Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education and Students, University of Bristol. Current term ends August 2018.
Professor of Economics, University of Sussex. Current term ends January 2019.
Professor of Sociology of Religion, Lancaster University. Current term ends July 2016.
Chief Executive, Cambridge House. Current term ends January 2019.