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Dave Delpy

Professor Philip Nelson , Chief Executive

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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Paul Golby

Paul Golby, Chair

Paul took up the post of EPSRC Chair in April 2012 for four years. He is a fellow and Council Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and the Energy Institute. He retired from E.ON December 2011.


Lesley Thompson

Lesley Thompson, Director, Sciences and Engineering

Dr Lesley Thompson has responsibility for managing the overall EPSRC portfolio, commissioning £740 million per year for research and postgraduate training in engineering and the physical sciences and managing our relationships with the research base.

She took over as Director in December 2006, before this she was an Associate Director Research Base which included coordinating the national capability Programmes including Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Materials, ICT and Physics and has been Head of several programmes including the Life Sciences Interface from inception.

She is a non executive director of UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS).


Neil Viner

Neil Viner, Associate Director, Leaders

Neil was formerly head of the Chemistry and Physical Sciences programmes. Prior to this he was head of the policy and analysis team and a specialist policy advisor at the Office of Science and Technology and has held a variety of strategy and operational roles within the Research Councils.


Alison Wall

Alison Wall, Associate Director, Impact

Alison heads up the teams responsible for all the major cross-Council programmes which EPSRC leads, or is a partner. Alison was previously head of the energy programme and the lead for energy across all the Research Councils and before this, led programmes in Infrastructure and Environment, Chemistry and Large Scale Facilities and High End Computing.


Atti Emecz

Atti Emecz, Director, Strategy and Business Relationships

Attila has worked for EPSRC since its inception and has responsibility for EPSRC’s corporate strategy, communications, business relationships and evaluation activities. His early career saw him managing research portfolios in materials and he was also involved in the management of the UK's synchrotron and laser facilities. For 7 years he ran and developed EPSRC's information systems. In 2005, he was appointed as Director of Operations and under his leadership EPSRC achieved ISO 9001 quality accreditation for its peer review. In 2008, he was appointed Director of Communications, Information and Strategy and was responsible for the development of EPSRC's Strategic and Delivery Plans and for leading a number of change programmes to deliver the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS).


Andrew Lewis

Andrew Lewis, Director, Resources

Andrew joined EPSRC in November 2009. Prior to this he was Deputy Director of Finance for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). His early career was in Local and Police Authorities.