Our legal status

The UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) is a registered Charity in England & Wales (number 1185618) and in Scotland (number SC049849), and a registered Company Limited by Guarantee in England & Wales (number 11314957). The Centre owns a registered trading subsidiary, the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology Enterprise, a Company Limited by Shares (number 12251749), which supports our charitable purpose. The registered office of the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is at the Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8BB, UK.

Trustee directors

Lord Cameron of Dillington
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Ewen Cameron serves as an independent crossbench Peer in the House of Lords and chairs the House of Lords Select Committee for Natural Environment and Rural Communities. He was Chairman of the Countryside Agency and a member of the Defra landscapes review panel.
Lynette Eastman
Lynette has extensive board-level experience of leading culture and business transformation and supporting business leaders to translate their plans into customer-oriented solutions. She has worked as HR Director and specialist Director of Talent and Resourcing across a wide range of corporate organisations worldwide, most recently as Director, HR Transformation and Operations at HMRC.
Will Galgey
Will is Global Chief Commercial Officer of the Insights Division of Kantar, the market research, data and consulting company. He was previously UK CEO of the Insights Division of Kantar, UK CEO of Kantar TNS, Global CEO of The Futures Company and Managing Director of The Henley Centre.
Prof. Iain Gillespie
Iain is Principal and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Dundee. He was formerly Director of Science and Innovation at the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and lead director for international research across all seven UK Research Councils that are now part of UKRI.
Prof. Sir Charles Godfray FRS
Charles is Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Population Biology at Oxford University. He has a research background in ecology, evolution and epidemiology, and has been active in science advice to government, most recently as Chair of Defra’s Science Advisory Council.
Linda Naylor
Linda was previously Managing Director of Oxford University Innovation, the University of Oxford’s technology commercialisation company. Prior to this she spent over 25 years in industry with ICI, Zeneca and Monsanto involved in the technical and commercial management of developing bioproduct.
Benet Northcote
Benet is a senior adviser to businesses and NGOs. He was formerly Director of Corporate Responsibility for the John Lewis Partnership. He is a Trustee of Green Alliance and is Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Environment Network. He has been Deputy Private Secretary to HRH The Prince of Wales and Chief Policy Adviser to Greenpeace UK.
Neil Scragg
Neil is a Scottish Chartered Accountant and Partner of Caird Capital. He previously worked at Gresham LLP and has been a non-executive board member of over 30 businesses in manufacturing, retail, engineering, services and leisure.
Alexia Tye
Alexia has a financial services background at leading institutions including Barclays, HSBC, and GIC in Paris, London, Hong Kong and Singapore. She served as Finance Director and Centre Director at the Oceanographic Institute, Prince Albert I of Monaco Foundation from 2013 to 2019.
Dr Stuart Wainwright OBE is Chief Executive of the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, taking up this position in June 2023.

Our relationship with UK Research and Innovation

The UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is a strategic delivery partner for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI.  

Through our national capability programmes, funded by NERC, we enable the UK research community to stay at the forefront of environmental science globally, and we meet national strategic needs, informing government and business decision-making on environmental issues. 

Alison Robinson, Deputy Executive Chair and NERC’s Director of Corporate Affairs, is the NERC Board Observer.

Executive Committee

Dr Stuart Wainwright OBE is Chief Executive of the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, taking up this position in June 2023.
Sam leads the finance aspects of UKCEH’s operations. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. Sam was previously Deputy Chief Financial Officer at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, and before that he spent 13 years at BP plc in various finance roles.
Harry is Director of International Research & Development at UKCEH. His research background is as a hydrologist specialising in hydrometric monitoring networks. Harry has extensive experience engaging with UN and other international organisations on research, policy and capacity development.
Acting Science Area Head - Soils & Land Use / Group leader - Molecular Ecology
Dan is the acting Science Area Head for Soils and Land Use. His research focuses on the application of DNA sequencing and analysis to understand how the structure and function of freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems respond to environmental change.
Eiko is an Environmental Physicist, leading the Group ‘Biosphere-Atmosphere Exchange & Effects’ within the Science Area 'Atmospheric Chemistry & Effects' at UKCEH's Edinburgh site.
Richard provides scientific leadership for biodiversity research in UKCEH. He is also leads the Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems (ASSIST) national capability programme and leads the research partnership agreement between Defra and UKCEH.
Gwyn has over 26 years’ experience in applied hydrology. He sits on many national and international committees and expert panels, including the CIWEM Water Resources Panel in the UK and the Advisory Committee of the WMO-Global Water Partnership Integrated Drought Management Programme.
Nick is Science Area Head for Hydro-Climatic Risks. He represents UKCEH on the Steering Group of the Natural Hazards Partnership (NHP) and provided hydrological advice for the National Flood Resilience Review, the Pitt Review and the UK Foresight Flooding programme.
Claus's research revolves around developing the understanding of how the environment and its organisms deal with stressors, both man-made and natural, as well as their combinations.
Gill leads UKCEH people management and internal communications approach, provision of facilities and health and safety and environment policy and advice. She is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Doug is Science Director at UKCEH. He sets science strategy for the organisation and is responsible for delivering a programme of research that spans water, land and air.

Our charitable objects

The Company’s objects are for the benefit of the public, within the United Kingdom and overseas. They are: to advance science; to advance education in the environment and environmental sciences, and sustainable development; and to promote sustainable development for the benefit of the public.