Dr Alan Gillespie CBE has been Chair of the ESRC since 2009. In the corporate sector he is Senior Independent Director on the Boards of both Old Mutual and United Business Media.
Previously he was a Partner at Goldman Sachs & Co and Chairman of the Ulster Bank Group. In the public sector he has been Chairman of the Northern Ireland Industrial Development Board; Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Development Corporation and Chairman of the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm).
He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge where he obtained MA and PhD degrees in Economic Geography. He is an Honorary Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge.