CEH is a public-sector research centre and part of UK Research and Innovation's Natural Environment Research Council (UKRI NERC)*. NERC and CEH have been working with Government to consider the future Governance, Responsibilities and Ownership arrangements. The Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation agreed that plans for CEH to become an independent research institute (company listed by guarantee with charitable status) should move into preparation. In the meantime, CEH will continue to deliver its world-class science as part of NERC.
CEH management and infrastructure
Director Mark J Bailey is responsible for the review of CEH's governance and ownership and leads the organisation through a number of boards and committees:
- Executive Board is responsible for the operational policies and procedures of CEH. It comprises Director CEH, Science Directors, Director People and Operations, and Director Impact & Innovation. It is supported by committees which focus on key areas such as finance, people & skills and estates management.
- Science Board is responsible for developing, reviewing and delivering the research portfolio to achieve CEH's Science Strategy, within the resources delegated by the Executive Board. It comprises Director CEH (observing), Science Directors (alternating Chair), Director Impact & Innovation, Science Area Heads and Head of National Capability (Secretary) and is attended by Directors Resource and Operation and Business and Finance as required.
CEH receives independent advice from two external groups:
- The Advisory Committee which advises the Director on strategic issues affecting our stakeholders.
- The Science Development Group (SDG) which advises CEH on its Science Strategy and on the quality of its science delivery.
CEH receives national capability funding from NERC, as well generating competitively won income primarily from the Research Councils, government departments and agencies, EU Research and Innovation Programmes and international public and private sectors.
Further details are contained in the NERC Annual Report.
The Advisory Committee is responsible for providing strategic advice to CEH Directors. It comprises representatives of our main stakeholders, as well as independent policy and commercialisation experts.
Terms of Reference
- Developing a long-term vision for CEH.
- Enhancing the profile of CEH as one of the foremost environmental research centres internationally.
- Developing overall priorities and opportunities for furthering the CEH mission.
- Expanding CEH's outreach and liaison with its main user groups.
- Reviewing the role of CEH staff in providing scientific advice and communication.
- Improving management policy and administration.
- Reviewing the context of the Centre's Annual Report and Corporate Plan.
Advisory Committee membership
|Prof Nick Butler|
|Lord Ewen Cameron of Dillington|
|Ms Fiona Fox OBE|
Prof Iain Gillespie
|Mr Lindsay Hargreaves|
|Dr Phil Heads|
Prof Louise Heathwaite
Prof Paul Leinster CBE
|Mr Benet Northcote|
|Prof Steve Ormerod|
|Prof Mark Bailey|
|Dr Nick Wells|
The Science Development Group (SDG) advises CEH on its Science Strategy and on the quality of its science delivery. SDG members meet with the Director CEH and Science Directors every year. Two SDG members provide expertise on each CEH Science Area and interact with science activities, including meeting the Science Area Lead annually. The SDG Chair is also a member of the CEH Advisory Committee.
Terms of reference
- Advising on the CEH Science Strategy.
- Advising on the development and integration of CEH Science Areas.
- Providing expertise on Science Areas, advising on recent developments and making a critical assessment of current and future priorities.
- Reporting to the CEH Advisory Committee and considering the impact of CEH activities and outputs.
Science Development Group membership
|Prof Steve Ormerod (Chair up to Nov 2018)||Cardiff University|
|Prof Steve Banwart||University of Sheffield|
|Prof Richard Bardgett||University of Manchester|
|Prof Ian Bateman||University of East Anglia|
|Dr Giovanni Bidoglio||European Commission Joint Research Centre|
|Prof Gordon Blair||Lancaster University|
|Paul Davies||Met Office|
|Prof Bob Ferrier||James Hutton Institute|
|Prof Sue Hartley||University of York|
|Prof Alison Hester||James Hutton Institute|
|Dr Hefin Jones||Cardiff University|
|Prof Kevin Jones||Lancaster University|
|Prof Ally Lewis||University of York|
|Mr Ian Lisk||Head of Natural Hazards, Met Office|
|Prof Lorraine Maltby||University of Sheffield|
|Prof Juliet Osborne||University of Exeter|
|Prof Dave Raffaelli||University of York|
|Prof John Rees||British Geological Survey|
|Dr Andy Stott||Defra|
|Prof Andrew Wade||University of Reading|
|Prof Susan Waldron||University of Glasgow|
|Prof Doug Wilson||Environment Agency|
*UKRI was established by the Higher Education and Research Act 2017 and brought together the seven existing research councils, Innovate UK and the research and knowledge exchange functions of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).