An overview of the management team at ESRC.

Senior Leadership Team

Teams and strategic leads

  • Governance and Policy Team - Team Head: Sara Slade
    The Governance and Policy team supports the ESRC Council and provides the support function for the Executive Office and Directors and Deputy Directors, oversees corporate governance and compliance, and co-ordinates ESRC input into official consultations and enquiries.  The team is also responsible for Research Funding Policy and Grants training.
  • Data and Infrastructure Programme - Team Heads: Michael Ball (Head of Data Infrastructure and Bridget Taylor (Head of Data Strategy)
    The Data and Infrastructure Programme plans, 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. Michael is Head of Data Infrastructure and manages the current portfolio of investments, and Bridget is Head of Data Strategy and her team is responsible for forward planning. 
  • Environment - Strategic Lead: Susie Stephenson
    The Environment team leads the ESRC’s research commissioning, development and management activities for areas including 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.
  • 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: Nicola Mitchell
    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.
  • Public Policy and Engagement- Strategic Lead: Nina Marshall
    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: Lucy Thorne
    The Skills and Methods cluster manages investment and policies in the area of researcher development across the life course and methodological skills and innovation. This includes the ESRC's Doctoral Training Network, support for early career researchers and major research methods investments and developing our evolving strategy to support research leadership in the social sciences.
  • Society, Governance and Security - Strategic Lead: Andrew Stafford
    The Society, Governance and Security team leads the ESRC’s research commissioning, development and management activities for areas including security, crime and justice, migration, governance and politics, public services and economics.
  • What Works - Strategic Lead: Nina Marshall
    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.
  • Strategy - Strategic Lead: Christina Rowley
    The Strategy team leads on the development, implementation and co-ordination of ESRC's strategic engagement with key academic partners (including research organisations, learned societies and fellow UK social science funders). The team is also responsible for monitoring corporate progress against the objectives set out in our Delivery Plan, for overseeing the process for reviewing submissions to our 'Big Ideas' Pipeline and for managing and convening ESRC's Strategic Advisory Network.
  • Grants Delivery Team - Head: Vicki Crossley
    The Grants Delivery Team (GDT) is the centre of expertise within ESRC for managing commissioning calls and related grants processing activity, and for undertaking high quality peer review for managed and responsive mode grants.  Responsibility for supporting the responsive mode Grants Assessment Panels also rests within the team.  Working in partnership with all teams across ESRC, GDT aims to set high standards for delivering efficient and innovative solutions to commissioning activities.