Claire Graves

Claire Graves is Chief Operating Officer for ESRC.

Claire joined ESRC from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in August 2020 after holding a range of roles within the UK Research and Innovation family. Claire gained a degree and PhD in Geography from University of Leicester, and prior to joining EPSRC worked as a postdoctoral researcher both in the UK and in Sweden. Claire is a graduate of the Cabinet Office Project Leadership Programme and has delivered complex change programmes across operations and strategy. She is also an active IPO Gateway Assurance reviewer.

As a member of ESRC Senior Management Team, Claire’s responsibilities include:

  • ESRC executive leadership on operational matters including Finance and Commercial, HR, Governance, Risk and Assurance, Legal, Estates, Project Management, Corporate Funding Services, Information Management, Safety, Health and Working Environment
  • Working with the UKRI COO and with other Council COOs to ensure consistency and support UKRI corporate services to build one UKRI
  • ESRC leadership to support the effective delivery of the UKRI Reforming our Business Programme.