27th March 2015 - Universities, Science and Cities Minister Greg Clark, has appointed Professor Jordan Nash and Professor Carole Mundell as new members of the Council of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). Both members will serve with effect from 23 March 2015 until 22 March 2019.
STFC Chairman Professor Sir Michael Sterling said “I am very pleased to welcome both Professor Mundell and Professor Nash as new members of STFC Council. The scientific and academic expertise of our new Council members will be a valuable addition to Council’s deliberations and enable STFC to continue to deliver and support world class research, innovation and skills”.
The Minister has also re-appointed existing STFC Council member Professor David Price for an additional term. Professor Price will now serve until March 2019.
At the same time three members of STFC Council, Professor Martin Barstow, Professor James Stirling and Mr Marshall Davies, have now finished their terms as members.
“On behalf of Council and staff, I thank Martin, James and Marshall for their contributions to STFC over the past few years. We thank them for their sustained commitment over the time they served as Council Members and wish them well for the future.” said Professor Sterling.
Appointments to the STFC Council are made by the Minister based on merit and with independent assessment, taking account of the need to balance the Council in terms of range of experience.
These appointments have been made in accordance with the requirements of the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. None of the appointees have declared any political activity or holds any other public appointment. An honorarium of £6850 per year is currently paid to all members.
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STFC is the United Kingdom's funding agency for particle physics, nuclear physics and astronomy, for large scale science facilities and national laboratories and the focus of the panel was to identify new members who have scientific expertise relevant to our Programme. Appointments are made by the Minister based on merit and with independent assessment, taking account of the need to balance the Council in terms of range of experience and diversity.
Carole Mundell is Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy and Head of Astrophysics at the University of Bath.
An observational astrophysicist, she began her research career as a radio astronomer at Jodrell Bank Observatory, before diversifying to exploit international ground- and space-based facilities across the electromagnetic spectrum with the goal of understanding cosmic black holes and their environments.
Following two years at the University of Maryland, she brought a Royal Society University Research Fellowship to Liverpool John Moores University where she built and led a team specialising in catching the fast-fading light from Gamma Ray Bursts – the most powerful explosions in the Universe. She was appointed to a Professorship in 2007 and currently holds a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2011-16) for the study of black hole-driven explosions and the dynamic Universe.
Professor Mundell has been involved in national and European research funding allocation and oversight of national and international astronomical facilities. Her experience in strategic science policy advisory work has included technology, basic research and horizon scanning beyond astrophysics. She is a Fellow of American Astronomical Society.
Professor Jordan Nash is an experimental particle physicist who has been involved in experiments at CERN for the last 25 years. He has also worked on experiments at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre in California and the JPARC facility in Japan. He led the team preparing for future upgrades needed for high intensity operation of the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, and is currently collaborating on an experiment designed to look for rare interactions forbidden by the Standard Model of particle physics.
He was head of the High Energy Physics group at Imperial College from 2007-2014, and is currently the Head of the Physics Department at Imperial College.