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Membership of EPSRC Council

Members are appointed by the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills and are drawn from both the academic and industrial communities. Membership is reviewed each year. The council has a chief executive and a part-time chairman.

Jeremy Clayton, Group Director, Science and Innovation Group, attends our council meetings on behalf of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

Current Membership of EPSRC Council

Biographies of Council members

Dr Paul Golby CBE, FREng (Independent) - Chair EPSRC

Dr Paul Golby took up the post of Chairman of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in April 2012. After gaining a doctorate in and training as a mechanical engineer, he held a series of management positions with Dunlop and BTR before becoming an executive director of Clayhithe plc in 1992. He joined E.ON UK plc (formally PowerGen) in 2001 where he held the position of Chairman and Chief Executive until his retirement in December 2011. A chartered engineer, Dr Golby is a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Energy Institute. He was awarded an honorary degree from Aston University in 2007 and Cranfield University in 2008. In January 2009 he was appointed Pro-Chancellor of Aston University and Chair of Council. He was appointed member of the Prime Ministers Council for Science and Technology in June 2011 and was awarded the CBE by HM The Queen in the same year. Dr Golby was also appointed Engineering UK Chairman in September 2010 and was appointed Non Executive Director of National Grid plc in February 2012.

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Professor Philip Nelson FREng - Chief Executive EPSRC

Philip Nelson served from 2005-2013 as Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton, with particular responsibility for Research and Enterprise. He previously served as Director of the University's Institute of Sound and Vibration Research and as Director of the Roll-Royce University Technology Centre in Gas Turbine Noise. He holds the post of Professor of Acoustics and has personal research interests in the fields of acoustics, vibrations, signal processing, control systems and fluid dynamics. He is the author or co-author of 2 books, over 120 papers in refereed journals, 30 granted patents, and over 200 other technical publications. Professor Nelson is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics, and a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. He is the recipient of both the Tyndall and Rayleigh Medals of the Institute of Acoustics, and served as President of the International Commission for Acoustics from 2004-2007. He is also currently serving as the Chair of the Sub-Panel for General Engineering in REF 2014. Professor Nelson has had a long association with EPSRC, most recently serving as a member of the Council’s Strategic Advisory Network since 2010.

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Professor Anne Anderson OBE (University of Glasgow)

Professor Anne Anderson, MA, PhD, OBE is Head of the College of Social Sciences and Vice-Principal at the University of Glasgow She is a Glasgow graduate and a psychologist interested in human communication and the impacts of new information and communication technologies. In 2008 she was appointed to the Council of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and has held various national roles including Director of the £7 million People at the Centre of Information and communication technologies (PACCIT) programme (2006-06) funded by ESRC, EPSRC and the DTI and Director of the ESRC Cognitive Engineering programme (1995-2000). In 2002 she was awarded an O.B.E for services to social science.

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Professor Andrew Blake FRS, FREng (Microsoft Research Ltd)

Andrew Blake is a Microsoft Distinguished Scientist and the Managing Director of Microsoft Research Cambridge. He joined the company in 1999 as a Senior Researcher to found the Computer Vision group, becoming Deputy Managing Director at the lab in 2008 before assuming his current position 2010.

Andrew trained in mathematics and electrical engineering at Cambridge and studied for a doctorate in Artificial Intelligence in Edinburgh. He was an academic for 18 years, latterly a Professor at Oxford University, where he was a pioneer in the development of the theory and algorithms that can make it possible for computers to behave as seeing machines.

In 2011, he and colleagues at Microsoft received the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award for their machine learning contribution to Microsoft Kinect human motion-capture.

Mr Jack Boyer (Entrepreneur)

Mr Boyer is a non-executive director of Mitie Group plc and Laird plc and chairs the Remuneration Committee of the latter. A serial entrepreneur, he chairs university spin-outs Ilika plc and iQur Ltd as well as being an investor in a number of early-stage companies. Previously he founded and was CEO of pan-European automotive engineering group TCG and has run companies in telecommunications and construction engineering. Prior to that he was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and strategy consultant at Bain & Co.He is a Trustee of sustainable development and educational charities and was educated at Stanford University (BA), the London School of Economics (M.Sc) and Insead (MBA).

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Professor Darzi holds the Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College London, the Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research. He is Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London and an Honorary Consultant Surgeon at Imperial College Hospital NHS Trust.

Research led by Professor Darzi is directed towards achieving best surgical practice through innovation in surgery and enhancing patient safety and the quality of healthcare. His contribution within these research fields has been outstanding, publishing over 800 peer-reviewed research papers to date. In recognition of his achievements in the research and development of surgical technologies, Professor Darzi has been elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and in 2013 was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society and to Foreign Associate membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM). He was knighted for his services in medicine and surgery in 2002. In 2007, he was introduced to the United Kingdom’s House of Lords as Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham and appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health. Upon relinquishing this role within central government in 2009, Professor Darzi sat as the United Kingdom’s Global Ambassador for Health and Life Sciences until March 2013. During this appointment and beyond Professor Darzi has developed his status as a leading voice in the field of global health policy and innovation. In September 2013 Lord Darzi was appointed to lead a new clinically-led London Health Commission, which will conduct an evidence-based investigation into healthcare provision and resources for Londoners. Professor Darzi was appointed and remains a member of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council since June 2009.

Professor Anthony Finkelstein FREng, FCGI MAE (University College London)

Anthony Finkelstein is a graduate in systems engineering. He is Professor of Software Systems Engineering at University College London (UCL) and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the City & Guilds of London Institute. He is currently Dean of UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences. He was formerly Head of UCL Department of Computer Science. He is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London and at the National Institute for Informatics, Tokyo, Japan. He is a Fellow of both the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) and the British Computer Society (BCS) and has been active professionally in both, serving on numerous Boards and Committees. His research is in the area of software development processes and on the construction of large computational models. In 2009 he received the Oliver Lodge Medal of the IET for achievement in Information Technology. He has been recognised for his contributions to the field of requirements engineering and for his professional service by the IEEE and the ACM. He served on the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise in Computer Science & Informatics and currently serves on the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. He was a member of the Committee of Visitors for the US National Science Foundation. He has provided consultancy advice to a large number of high profile companies and government organisations. He has acted as an expert in complex technology disputes and frequently technology due diligence on start-up companies working with leading VC and other investors. He has established three successful ‘spinout’ companies providing respectively professional services, product software and an innovative software service. He has a widely read blog 'Serious Engineering’ commenting on issues in engineering, technology and education.

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Professor John Fisher CBE, FREng, FMedSci (University of Leeds)

Professor Fisher has over 25 years experience in Medical Engineering research, and has published over 350 journal papers in this field. His work is supported by major collaborative programme funding from EPSRC (Programme, Platform, IKC and DTC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Wellcome Trust, EU (ERC) and Industry. He has key international collaborations in USA, Europe, China and Japan.

Professor Fisher's research and innovation involves medical devices, biomaterials and tissue engineering solutions to support the ageing population aiming to provide "fifty active years after fifty". He has built the largest academic facility in the world for pre clinical study of the function of artificial joints, and has been successful in designing and developing longer lasting joint replacements, now used world wide. He is co-inventor of a portfolio of novel biological scaffolds with regenerative capacity for tissue repair and restoration of function, which have reached successful clinical application in the cardiovascular system. He is academic founder and Director of two University spin out companies, (one is AIM listed) and retained consultant to a major healthcare company.

Professor Fisher's current research is focussing on pre clinical functional simulation systems for natural joints and tissue engineering interventions and on development of regenerative biological scaffolds for the musculoskeletal system. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and was awarded a CBE for services to biomedical engineering in the 2011 New Years Honours list.

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Professor Sir Richard Friend FRS, FREng (University of Cambridge)

Professor Sir Richard is the Cavendish Professor of Physics at the University of Cambridge and has considerable experience both within academia and also the world of business. He has pioneered the physics, materials science and engineering of semiconductor devices made with carbon-based semiconducting polymers.

His research group was the first to demonstrate using polymers efficient operation of field-effect transistors and light-emitting diodes. These advances revealed that the semiconductor properties of this broad class of materials are unexpectedly clean, so that semiconductor devices can both reveal their novel semiconductor physics, including their operation in efficient photovoltaic diodes, optically-pumped lasing, directly-printed polymer transistor circuits and light-emitting transistors.

Professor Vernon Gibson FRS (Chief Scientific Adviser, Ministry of Defence)

Professor Vernon Gibson is Chief Scientific Adviser at the Ministry of Defence and an ex officio member of EPSRC Council.

Prior to joining MOD he had gained wide experience in industry and academia. Between 2008-2012 he was Chief Chemist at BP plc where he provided leadership to the Company’s large chemical technology community. In academia, he was latterly the Sir Edward Frankland Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Imperial College which followed a period at the University of Durham first as Lecturer then as Professor of Chemistry. In 2008, he co-founded the Materials Science Company, Plaxica, which is developing novel technology for the production of bio-renewable materials.

Throughout his career, he has worked at the interface of academia and industry, leading a number of ground-breaking relationships which have brought academic and industrial scientists together. He was elected to the Royal Society in 2004 and received an honorary DSc from the University of Sheffield in 2010.

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Professor Andrew Hamilton FRS (University of Oxford)

Professor Andrew Hamilton has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford since October 2009. He read chemistry at Exeter University, has a Masters degree from the University of British Columbia and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He joined Yale in 1997; was Provost from 2004-2008, combining administrative duties with teaching and research. In addition to serving as Provost, he was Benjamin Silliman Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry.

Professor Hamilton's research interests lie at the interface of organic and biological chemistry, with particular focus on the use of synthetic design for the understanding, mimicry and potential disruption of biological processes.

In 1999, Professor Hamilton received the Arthur C Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society, and in 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. He was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010.

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Professor Richard Jones FRS (University of Sheffield)

Richard Jones has a first degree and PhD in Physics from Cambridge University, and following postdoctoral work at Cornell University, U.S.A., he was a lecturer at the University of Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory. In 1998 he moved to the University of Sheffield, and in 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. He is an experimental polymer physicist who specialises in elucidating the nanoscale structure and properties of polymers and biological macromolecules at interfaces. He has written extensively on the wider issues surrounding nanotechnology. He was the co-author of a report published by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council, The Social and Economic Challenges of Nanotechnology (2003). He chaired the Nanotechnology Engagement Group, a body set up by UK Government to support the development of best practice in public engagement around nanotechnologies, and to ensure that public engagement feeds into policy and decision-making. He was the Senior Strategic Advisor for Nanotechnology for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council from 2007 to 2009. Richard is the author of more than 150 research papers, and three books, the most recent of which is Soft Machines: nanotechnology and life, published by Oxford University Press in 2004.

Professor Dame Julia King DBE, FREng (Aston University)

Professor Julia King has a distinguished background in academia and business. She spent sixteen years as a researcher and university lecturer at Cambridge and Nottingham universities before joining Rolls-Royce in 1994 where she held a number of senior executive appointments.

In 2002 Julia became Chief Executive of the Institute of Physics, and two years later returned to academia as Principal of the Engineering Faculty at Imperial College, London. In December 2006 she became Vice-Chancellor of Aston University.

A member of the Board of UniversitiesUK and Chair of its Employability, Business and Industry Policy Network, and Chair of the Higher Education Statistics Agency, Julia regularly advises Government on education and technology issues.

She is a non-executive director of the Department for Business Innovation & Skills and a member of the Committee on Climate Change.

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Dr Helen Neville RSC (Procter and Gamble)

Dr Helen Neville is Vice President, Corporate R&D at Procter and Gamble. She joined P&G in 1987 with a degree in Chemistry (Durham University) and PhD in Organic Chemistry (University of Southampton). She has led global innovation programs for P&G across multiple consumer goods businesses including assembled paper products as well as formulated beauty and household products. Her experience covers upstream research through to market delivery and all the aspects of consumer research, product design, process development and packaging. She currently leads P&G’s external innovation program, which includes strategic partnerships with major UK universities, as well as the innovation program for P&G’s Feminine Care business. Helen has lived and worked in the UK, Belgium, Germany and the USA. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

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Rt Hon Baroness Neville-Jones DCMG PC (House of Lords)

Pauline Neville-Jones is the Prime Minister’s special representative to UK business on cyber security, a role she assumed on stepping down from the post of Minster of State in the Home Office for Security and Counterterrorism in May 2011. She is a Privy Councillor.

Pauline was appointed a Conservative Peer in October 2007 when she was National Security Adviser to the leader of the Opposition and author of the Conservative party’s national security policy which became the basis for the Coalition national security strategy. She was particularly instrumental in securing £650 million over five years to develop the UK’s cyber Security Strategy.

Pauline has experience in both the public and private sectors. She was in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1963 to 1996 serving in Zimbabwe, Singapore, Washington DC and Bonn. She was also Chef de Cabinet to the Budget Commissioner in the European Commission; head of the FCO Policy Planning Staff; Head of the Defence and Overseas Secretariat in the Cabinet Office; Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee and Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet. As Political Director in the FCO she led the British Delegation to the Bosnia Peace talks in Dayton Ohio.

In 1996 she became a Managing Director in NatWest Markets for business development until the sale of the bank in 1998 when she joined the corporate advisory house Hawkpoint Partners. In 2001 she became chairman of the board of the defence technology group QinetiQ until the eve of flotation in 2006. She was the founding chairman of the Information Assurance Advisory Council from 2002 to 2007.

Pauline was the International Governor of the BBC from 1998 to 2004 and chairman of the BBC Audit Committee.

She read Modern History at Oxford and is an Honorary Fellow of her college, Lady Margaret Hall, and has served on the governing Councils of Oxford and City Universities. She is a Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George; a Freeman of the City of London, a Doctor of the Open, City and London Universities and a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur.

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Professor John Perkins CBE, FREng (Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for Business Innovation and Skills)

Professor Perkins is the Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills; he took up this appointment in January 2012. Prior to this he was Provost at the MASDAR Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi (2009-10) leading the development of this new institution. Professor Perkins' distinguished academic career includes service as Vice President and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, The University of Manchester (2004-9); Principal, Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College (2001-4) and ICI Australia Professor of Process Systems Engineering, University of Sydney (1985-88). He gained this PhD from Imperial College in 1977. In 2006 he was awarded a CBE for services to science and engineering, was Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering from 2007-10 and has served on a large number of professional boards, commissions and panels.

Dr David Watson FREng (IBM UK Ltd)

Dr David Watson is Director, Emerging Technology at IBM UK Limited based in Hampshire. His main interest is in bringing new software technologies to market by working closely with customers and IBM Research and Development teams worldwide. The current technology foci in his area are: data analysis/understanding, sensor networks, data federation, and data security. David is also the UK lead on the International Technology Alliance in Network Sciences, a joint UK/US government funded programme of research into the fundamental foundations of network theory and associated technologies. This, and many other aspects of the work in his team, are collaborative efforts with major UK universities. His technical background is in computer graphics, image processing, and data visualization. David also chairs the RCUK Digital Economy Programme Advisory Board.

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Professor Jeremy Watson CBE, FREng (Arup)

Jeremy Watson is Arup's Science and Technology (S&T) Director, responsible for Arup's S&T research and policy engagement with governments and Higher Education Institutes. Between 2009 and the end of 2012, Jeremy was Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Communities and Local Government. Concurrently with Arup, he is now Professor of Engineering Systems and Vice-Dean of Engineering Sciences at University College London.

Jeremy has held research and technical director roles in industry and academe and has given service to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Cabinet Office and the Research Councils. An electronics and control engineer by background, his specialties include Strategic Technology Development and Transfer, Innovation Processes and NPD Management. Jeremy is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow, Trustee and Vice-President of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers, and Visiting Professor at the Universities of Southampton and Sussex. Jeremy is Chair of the NERC Innovation Advisory Board, a former Board member of the Technology Strategy Board, and a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England Research Excellence Framework Impact committee. Jeremy was a founding Trustee of the Institute for Sustainability and is a Trustee of the Ove Arup Foundation. Jeremy was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to Engineering in the 2013 Birthday Honours.

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