Johnson announces new EPSRC Council members

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Photo of Professor Mark Smith and Professor Tim Whitley

Professor Mark Smith (L) and Professor Tim Whitley (R)

Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, today announces the appointment of two new members to the Council of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The new members are:

  • Professor Mark Smith, MA, PhD, CPhys, FInstP
    effective from 12 December 2016 until 31 March 2018
  • Professor Timothy Whitley, BSc, PhD
    effective from 12 December 2016 until 31 March 2018

EPSRC Chair, Dr Paul Golby, said: I am very happy to be able to welcome our two newest council members. Their knowledge and experience will undoubtedly add to an EPSRC Council that is already strong and rich in talents.

Their combined experience and valuable insights into science and engineering across a number of fields - design, business and knowledge transfer - will add a breadth of academic and business skills that will help us, and the scientific communities, address the major challenges and opportunities ahead.

Professor Mark Smith

Professor Mark E. Smith has been Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University since January 2012, having previously been Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Warwick University. He has also worked in Germany and Australia. He is the current Chair of UCEA, the Financial Sustainability Strategy Group for Higher Education and the Graduate Prospects and HECSU boards. He is also a member of the HESA Board, the UniversitiesUK Research Policy, Funding Policy and Long Term Strategy Network groups, the Strategic Advisory Network for the EPSRC, is a Trustee of the AQA Council, and board member of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the UPP Foundation Advisory Board, along with HEFCE's Leadership, Governance and Management Committee. He has recently been appointed as a Council member of the All-Party Parliamentary University Group. Mark chaired the national review of A-level content 2013-14 and in December 2014 he became a Trustee and Board Member of Jisc. Regionally in the North West of England, Mark is a member of the LEP Board for Lancashire and also serves on the North West Regional Leaders Board.

Professor Timothy Whitley

Tim is a BT Distinguished Engineer and serves as MD Research and Innovation for BT and MD of BT's R&D Campus 'Adastral Park' in Suffolk, England. He is accountable for all aspects of BT's Global Research and Innovation activities.

Tim joined BT in 1981 as an apprentice engineer. Following sponsored study at university he joined the Optical Physics Division of BT's Research department at Martlesham in Suffolk. Here he spent nearly ten years conducting experimental research into optical fibre amplifiers and lasers and their application in high-speed communications systems and authored or co-authored over 50 peer reviewed, journal and conference papers.

On leaving the research department Tim held a number of technical and strategy leadership roles in BT culminating in his appointment as BT's Group Strategy Director, a position he held from 2007 to 2011.

Tim is a member of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Board.

He is also the BT senior manager on the Equality of Access Board (EAB), the independent body established in 2006 to verify that BT is adhering to the regulatory undertakings established around the creation of Openreach.

Tim is a visiting Professor with the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at the University of Essex. Tim is also a Policy Fellow with the Centre for Science & Policy, University of Cambridge, England and lives in Felixstowe, Suffolk with his wife and four daughters.

EPSRC Council

EPSRC Council is a senior decision making body responsible for determining EPSRC's policy, priorities and strategy. Appointments are made in accordance with the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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.

Professor Mark Smith has declared the following appointment to another public position: HEFCW Council. (Remuneration None)

Professor Timothy Whitley has declared the following appointment to another public position: New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Board. (Remuneration None)

No political activity has been declared.

Eligible members of Council will receive an honorarium of £6,850 per year. The honorarium is paid in respect of all duties carried out during their appointment to Council.

Notes for Editors

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

As the main funding agency for engineering and physical sciences research, our vision is for the UK to be the best place in the world to Research, Discover and Innovate.

By investing £800 million a year in research and postgraduate training, we are building the knowledge and skills base needed to address the scientific and technological challenges facing the nation. Our portfolio covers a vast range of fields from healthcare technologies to structural engineering, manufacturing to mathematics, advanced materials to chemistry. The research we fund has impact across all sectors. It provides a platform for future economic development in the UK and improvements for everyone's health, lifestyle and culture.

We work collectively with our partners and other Research Councils on issues of common concern via Research Councils UK.

Reference: PN 73-16