Professor Tony McEneryProfessor Tony McEnery has been appointed as the interim Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Professor McEnery is currently Director of Research at ESRC.

He joined ESRC in October 2016, on secondment from Lancaster University where he was Director of the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS).

Professor McEnery has worked with scholars from a broad range of subjects, including accountancy, criminology, international relations, religious studies and sociology. He has also worked with an array of impact partners including British Telecom, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, the Environment Agency, the Home Office, IBM and Research in Motion. Tony was also Dean of Arts and Social Sciences at Lancaster, and before that Director of Research at the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Professor McEnery will serve as interim Chief Executive until a permanent CEO is appointed. The recruitment process for this is on-going and an announcement will be made by ministers in due course. The new CEO will become the organisation’s first Executive Chair from 1 April 2018, when the ESRC becomes part of UK Research and Innovation.