An overview of the senior leadership team at ESRC (correct at February 2019).
Chief Operating Officer: Simon Crine
Director - Research: Alison Park
Director - Strategy and Partnerships: Paul Nightingale
Deputy Director - Capability and Infrastructure: Ruth Gibson
Deputy Director - Innovation and Impact: Melanie Knetsch
Deputy Director - Policy and International: Jeremy Neathey
Deputy Director - Research Portfolio: Joy Todd
Deputy Director - Skills and Strategy: Frances Burstow
Teams and strategic leads
- Business Improvement - strategic lead: vacant post
The Business Improvement group works to enable the organisation to become more efficient, effective and resilient. Its focus is on capturing and embedding best practice; establishing new ways of working in grant funding; and supporting people and the organisation through transition and change. The group works with the other research councils, Innovate UK, BEIS and other partners, to support the delivery of the new Research and Innovation Funding Service and digital platform, along with other transformation programmes.
- Communications - strategic lead: Susie Watts
The Communications team covers a wide range of functions including press, digital, social media, public affairs, events, publishing and public engagement. The team works in partnership with ESRC colleagues, UK Research and Innovation, other research councils, funded researchers and stakeholders to maximise the impact of the research we fund. We strive to reach ESRC's audiences in innovative, engaging and cost-effective ways.
- Data and Infrastructure - strategic leads: Samantha McGregor and Rebecca Fairbairn
The Data and Infrastructure team oversees and manages the ESRC's data services, collections and resources, ranging from infrastructures that provide data access, to longitudinal studies, to platforms which enable data analytics. This represents a huge portfolio of strategic investment which underpins the UK's world-leading social science research landscape. Samantha and Rebecca are joint heads of team.
- Economic Performance and Environment - strategic lead: Sophie Martin
The Economic Performance and Environment team leads the development and commissioning of new research in the fields of economics and finance, climate change, environmental planning and sustainability, energy, transport and infrastructure. We work in collaboration and partnership with a wide range of other research funders and external stakeholders, both in the UK and internationally, to maximise the impact of our investments.
- Governance and Secretariat - strategic lead: Andy Gibbs
The Governance and Secretariat team supports the Council and Strategic Advisory Network for ESRC, provides the support function for the Executive office and Directors, oversees corporate governance and compliance, and coordinates ESRC input into official consultations and enquiries.
- Health and Human Behaviour - strategic lead: Naomi Beaumont
The Health and Human Behaviour team develops, commissions and manages research and KE activities in the areas of health, ageing, behaviour, wellbeing, education, and linguistics and processes standard grant applications in the disciplines of psychology, demography, education and linguistics.
- Innovation and Business Engagement - strategic lead: vacant post
The Innovation and Business team oversees ESRC’s business engagement and innovation funding, including our investment in Impact Acceleration Accounts, the Innovation Caucus and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships as well as ESRC’s engagement with the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
- Insights - strategic lead: Alex Hulkes
The ESRC Insights team builds the organisational expertise needed to scope, gather, understand, share and act on evidence, and helps us to use evidence to inform decisions
- International Development - strategic lead: Pam Mason
The International Development team supports research and research related activities relevant to international development. It manages a large portfolio of collaborative programmes with the Department for International Development and other research councils. It also manages the disciplines of area and development studies and social anthropology.
- International Strategy - strategic lead: Lewis Preece
The International Strategy team leads on the development of ESRC's international strategy and establishes and maintains the international partnerships required to deliver the ESRC's strategic goals. The team is responsible for the embedding and integration of international activity across all of ESRC's programmes. We manage a portfolio of activities that engages funders and other partners from around the globe.
- Policy and Practice Impact - strategic lead: Jacqui Karn
The Policy and Practice Impact team aims to identify evidence of effective impact support and maximise the impact of ESRC investment on policy and practice decision-making for better social and economic outcomes. We work across ESRC, managing our strategic relationships with government, parliamentary and not-for-profit sector and identifying opportunities for strategic alignment and demand for social science evidence
- Skills and Methods - strategic lead: vacant post
The Skills and Methods cluster manages investment and policies in the area of researcher skills development and methodological development and innovation. This includes the ESRC's Doctoral Training Network, support for early career researchers and major research methods investments such as the National Centre for Research Methods and the Applied Quantitative Methods Network.
- Society and Global Security - strategic lead: Vicki Crossley
The Society and Global Security team develops and commissions research and knowledge exchange activity in the areas of social and political change, urbanisation, security and conflict, crime, migration and civil society, amongst others. Our work involves managing and maximising existing investment portfolios, scoping new research, and building partnerships with external stakeholders in the UK and internationally.
- What Works - strategic lead: Emma Disley
The What Works team oversees our What Work investments and partnership in the What Works Network - made of up seven independent What Works Centres and two affiliate members. What Works is a UK government-led initiative to enable commissioners of public services to access independent, high quality, accessible evidence syntheses across a broad range of social policy areas
- Work, Education and Skills - strategic lead: Sasha Leigh
The Work, Education and Skills team is responsible for developing, commissioning and managing research and knowledge exchange investments across the fields of work, enterprise and productivity, management and business studies, education and skills. The team oversees the development of a number of ESRC priority areas including Productivity, Future of Work and Educational Outcomes. We work in collaboration and partnership with a wide range of external stakeholders and other research funders to maximise the impact of our investments.