The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is a public sector research centre and part of UK Research and Innovation’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) – the UK’s main environmental science funding body. Later this year, following formal approval from the UK Government, the Centre will become an independent research institute, autonomous from UKRI and NERC, and will launch as a company limited by guarantee (CLG) with charitable status.

As an independent research institute, we will continue to deliver impartial, world-class environmental science for a wide range of funders and to collaborate with partners across borders, sectors and disciplines. CEH will still have a very close relationship with UKRI and NERC as a long-term provider of national capability research and will play a strong role in meeting the UK’s strategic needs for environmental science. Scientific integrity and transparency will continue to be at the heart of how we operate..

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.

Details of the Directors


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.


*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).