ESRC Council appointments

9 July 2013

David Willetts, the Minister for Universities and Science, has appointed four new council members to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Professor Linda Woodhead is Professor of Sociology of Religion at Lancaster University. She has previously been Director of the £12m AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme and her main interest is in the interactions between religious change and wider social, economic and political changes in contemporary societies.

Professor Linda Woodhead has been appointed to Council for three years from 1 August 2013 to 31 July 2016.

Professor Tara Fenwick is Professor of Education at the University of Stirling, and Director of the international research network based there in Professional Practice, Education and Learning. Previously she was Head of Educational Studies and Professor at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Her research interests lie in learning and practice in the workplace, professional education and continuing development, gender studies in work and learning and the sociology of work and professions.

Professor Tara Fenwick has been appointed to Council for three years from 1 August 2013 to 31 July 2016.

Carole Willis is the Director of Research and Analysis at the Department for Education, and the department’s Chief Scientific Adviser. Carole's background is in economics, and she has experience of working in a range of government departments well as from the private sector.

Carole Willis has been appointed to Council for four years from 1 of August 2013 to 31 July 2017.

Dr James Richardson is the first ever Chief Scientific Adviser at HM Treasury and also Director, Fiscal and Deputy Chief Economic Adviser. He has a PhD in economics.

Dr James Richardson has been appointed to Council for four years from 1 August 2013 to 31 July 2017.

Two re-appointments have also been made to Council. They are Mr Martin Coleman and Professor David Martin.

Martin Coleman is the Global Head of the Antitrust and Competition Group at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP. Previously, Mr Coleman held a post at Brunel University as a lecturer in law, specialising in public law and legal systems. He has advised the senior management of major international companies and national governments on competition law and regulatory matters.

Mr Martin Coleman has been appointed to Council for three years from 1 August 2013 to 31 July 2016.

David Martin is a Professor of Geography at the University of Southampton, Deputy Director of the ESRCs UK Data Service and a Co-Director of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. From 2002 until 2012 he was Co-ordinator of the ESRC Census Programme. He is particularly interested in census methods, geographical information systems and the delivery of health care.

Professor David Martin has been appointed to Council for three years from 1 August 2013 to 31 July 2016.

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Notes for editors

  1. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. It supports independent high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and the third sector. The ESRCs total budget for 2012/13 is £205 million. At any one time the ESRC supports over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and independent research institutes.
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  3. The Council appointments have been made in accordance with the requirements of the Code of the Commissioner for Public Appointments which states they should not have not been involved in any relevant political activities in the last five years. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees' political activity (if any declared) to be made public. None of the appointees have declared any political activity.
  4. The appointees hold no other ministerial appointments.