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Our Structure

STFC Council

STFC Council is responsible for advising and making decisions, as delegated to it by the UK Research and Innovation Board, on scientific, research and innovation matters.

These responsibilities include:

  • The leadership of their discipline area or fields of activity, including the prioritisation of budgets within their delegated remits and the development of delivery plans
  • Ensuring the future of skilled specialists, researchers, scientists and others essential to the sustainability of the UK’s research and innovation capacity
  • Engaging with their community to develop ideas, raise awareness and disseminate strategic outputs
  • Encouraging and facilitating collaborative work across the nine UKRI Councils to foster strategic relationships

Executive Chair

STFC’s Executive Chair, Professor Mark Thomson provides overall leadership and is responsible for the management and performance of STFC.

He chairs Executive Board and is responsible for setting STFC's direction and winning the support of external stakeholders for the vision of STFC as an enabler of world-class science with social and economic impact. Professor Thomson will also lead delivery of the UKRI Research and Innovation Infrastructure Roadmap.

Our Directorates

Our staff are organised in seven directorates, plus the Executive Chair’s Office:

Grahame Blair is the Executive Director of Programmes.

The Programmes Directorate (PD) is responsible for the STFC's science and technology strategy, science operations and planning (including the STFC's processes for peer review), as well as STFC's programmes in education, training and public outreach. The PD has one other Director:

Grahame is supported in running the directorate by:

Our National Laboratories Directorate is led by Neil Geddes. The National Laboratories provide research facilities and capabilities that, because of their scale, complexity, strategic character or cost, are appropriately operated as a national research resource.

These facilities and capabilities include access for external users to neutron scattering and light source facilities, laser facilities, accelerator research facilities and high performance computing. They also include national technical capabilities in nuclear physics, particle physics, astronomy, accelerator science, instrumentation, and space technology.

The primary mission of the laboratories is to facilitate national research capability, and they should therefore complement and collaborate with the university research base.

Organisational Structure

National Laboratories consists of:

Tom Britten is the new Chief Operating Officer (from 22 March 2021) for Corporate Services.

It is responsible for the STFC’s administrative information systems and technology, estates management operations and support services, health, safety and environment, and security.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is an independent, non-departmental public body of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

As such, the majority of our funding is public money from BEIS, allocated through the Comprehensive Spending Review.

For 2013-14, STFC's annual budget is £489 million

STFC receives additional funding from a variety of other sources, including the other Research Councils, the European Space Agency, the European Commission and industry.

Finance Directorate

The Finance Directorate is responsible for STFC's overall budgeting and associated financial planning and for the financial and management accounting processes within the Council.

Paul Vernon, Executive Director, Business and Innovation.

The Business and Innovation Directorate is responsible for delivering and developing the effective transfer of knowledge between the STFC, universities, industries and other organisations.

It is also responsible for developing strategies and co-ordinating implementation plans for increasing the economic impact of the STFC’s investments in universities, its own facilities and the international laboratories.

Strategy, Planning and Communications (SPC) brings together the core functions that are needed to help the organisation shape, communicate and monitor our national and international strategic agenda.

SPC is comprised of specialists from across the strategy, planning, and communications arena. Expert and professional, with a deep understanding of the STFC and its stakeholders, we are impartial in our work and act as a bridge across the organisation.

Strategic Communications

The Strategic Communications team is headed by Liz Fellman.

It is responsible for developing and implementing a strong and effective communication strategy and programme, which encompasses STFC’s activities in marketing communications, public affairs, media relations, events management, corporate web services, corporate publications and internal communication.

Research and Innovation Strategy

The Research and Innovation team is headed by Derek Gillespie.

They work with the research community and STFC’s Advisory Boards, to provide a vision, statements of long-term direction and priorities to develop the overarching research and innovation strategies needed to deliver STFC’s corporate strategy.

Stakeholder and International Relations

The Stakeholder and International Relations team is headed Catherine Ewart.

They ensure that STFC builds and maintains the strong, stable and long-lasting relationships that are vital to the delivery of STFC's programme and goals. To achieve this, we have three principal areas of activity: Stakeholder Engagement, International relations, and Government relations & horizon scanning.

Corporate Strategy and Impact

The Corporate Strategy and Impact team is headed by Philip Amison.

Their work includes leading on STFC’s strategic planning processes, impact reporting & evaluation activities and strategic & policy advice to Executive Board & Council. It also includes the recently established Strategic Portfolio Management Office (designed to improve the strategic oversight and management of STFC’s large project portfolio covering Business Case development, initiation, approval, monitoring, review and evaluation processes across STFC).

The HR Directorate is headed up by Peter Thompson. It is responsible for delivering and developing people management practices that will support STFC to achieve its vision and strategic goals.

STFC’s HR structure allows HR to operate at a strategic level whilst also providing a solid base of day-to-day operational support. Business Partners work with Departments to understand their local strategy and challenges and how people management practices can help achieve their aims. HR Centres of Expertise provide specific competence and expertise that help shape the people management practice across STFC; Talent and Skills, Reward and Employee Relations, Organisation Development. The Operations and Systems team provide managers with the tools, systems and support in managing, motivating and developing their staff. This team includes HR Advisors and HR Assistants who provide the day-to-day operational support that is the backbone of the HR department’s service. The team interfaces with the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS) who are responsible for HR transactional activity.

STFC’s Executive Chair – Professor Mark Thomson.

The Executive Chair’s Office is in Polaris House, Swindon.

The Executive Chair is supported by an Executive Support Team which also provides support to our Chair and secretariat support to the Executive Board and the STFC Council.

Executive Support Team

Janice Masone – Executive Assistant to the Executive Chair (Janice is the point of contact for the Executive Chair's diary and correspondence/invitations).

Mrs Melanie Kidd – Executive Office Assistant and Council Secretariat Administrator.

Last updated: 29 January 2021


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