Governing Board

The Governing Board was established by the Council’s funders in 2017. It is responsible for reviewing and challenging the work of the Council, providing assurance that the Council is operating within its remit and is committing expenditure in line with the terms of the funding grant and the goals of the Strategic Plan. Specifically, the Governing Board approves topic selections, budget and annual work plans, and oversees risk management and financial operations. The Governing Board meets twice a year with the Council’s Chair and Director in attendance.

The Chair of the Governing Board and its other members are independent and appointed and remunerated by the funders.

View a register of the Governing Board’s interests.

Members of the Governing Board

Sally Macintyre (Chair)

Sally Macintyre is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute of Health & Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and a honorary Fellow of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Until 2014 she directed the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow, and since her retirement she has been a member of MRC Council, the Ethics and Governance Council of UK Biobank, and the Human Tissue Authority. She co-chaired the Department of Health’s Alcohol Guidelines Development Group, and chairs the UK Prevention Research Partnership.

Stephen Holgate

Stephen Holgate is Medical Research Council Clinical Professor of Immunopharmacology and Honorary Consultant Physician within Medicine at the University of Southampton. He chairs, or is a member of, a number of committees and boards, including chairing the UK National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs), the Kennedy Trust for rheumatology Research and the Natural Environment Research Council. He is also a member of the Trustee Board for Great Ormond Hospital Children’s Charity, Trustee of Cancer Research UK and cofounder of Synairgen, a publically quoted respiratory drug development company.

Vivienne Parry

Vivienne Parry is a science journalist and author, who hosts medical programmes for Radio 4, writes widely on health, presents films, and facilitates high level conferences and debates. She is currently employed as Head of Engagement at Genomics England and is on the board of UK Research & Innovation.

Brian Scott

Since finishing as chief executive of Oxfam Ireland, Brian Scott has concentrated on serving on a range of non-profit boards in overseas related education and health activities, and is Chairperson at the Meningitis Research Foundation. He has also served for seven years as non-executive director of one of Northern Ireland government departments involved in further and high education and vocational training.

Membership Committee

Chaired by an external chair, the Membership Committee considers and makes recommendations to the Council on future membership.

Sharmila Nebhrajani (External Chair)

Chief Executive of Wilton Park.

Professor Dave Archard

Chair of the Council, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast.

Brian Scott

Member of the Council’s Governing Board, Chairperson at Meningitis Research Foundation.

Other Council Members are co-opted onto the subgroup depending on the expertise required for each particular meeting.

Strategic Plan 2018-2022

The Council published its current Strategic Plan in April 2018.

The plan sets out four strategic goals for the period 2018-2022, and the programmes of work through which these will be delivered.

Our strategic goals are:

  1. We will engage and involve relevant stakeholders in our work.
  2. We will contribute effectively to public and policy debates through a diverse portfolio of work.
  3. We will build on our experience, reputation and body of work.
  4. We will situate our work within a context of social change, international collaboration, and biomedical advances.