NAB - Membership

Nick is a former Chief Executive of the Crown Prosecution Service. He was simultaneously responsible for a £300 million cross-government IT change programme, delivering fundamental reform of the Criminal Justice System.

Prior to that, Nick was Chief of Staff to the CEO and Chief External Affairs Officer of The Co-op, playing a pivotal role in saving the Co-op Bank and rescuing the group from its existential crisis in 2013 and then reforming the organisation's governance.

Nick joined The Co-op from Kingfisher plc, a FTSE 100 international retailer, where he was a member of the retail board and held a number of executive positions over the period 2007-2013. He led the development of the international sustainability strategy, Net Positive, and was also responsible for the group's Government Affairs & Regulatory programme.

Nick has extensive governance experience having been Group Legal Director, General Counsel and Company Secretary for FTSE 100 businesses for over a decade, originally qualifying as a solicitor at Linklaters & Paines in 1993.

After graduating from the University of Leeds in 1979 and receiving his PhD from the University of Bath in 1984, Duncan joined University College London (UCL). At UCL he held lecturing posts at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory and the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering.

He was appointed as a Chair in the Department of Space & Climate Physics, and was Head of the Department of Earth Sciences at UCL from 2005-2010.

He was founder and director of the NERC Centre for Polar Observation & Modelling (CPOM) from 2000-2005, which discovered the widespread mass loss from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and its origin in accelerated ocean melting.

He was Chairman of the NERC Science & Innovation Strategy Board (SISB) and, from 2000, the lead investigator of the ESA CryoSat and CryoSat-2 satellite missions.

Duncan became the Chief Executive of NERC on 1 January 2012, and he is now the Executive Chair.

Non-executive director

Caroline Bault is a Managing Partner at CounselRock Partners, a specialist hedge fund research and alternative investment consultancy. She is also a non-executive director of multi-academy trust Aspirations Academies Trust and think tank Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL), where she chairs the audit committees. She is a Board Director of ETHEX, a crowd funder and social impact investment online platform, as well as a trustee of the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity and the African Conservation Foundation.

Caroline has 30 years' experience in financial services and capital markets ranging from equity research and investment banking to hedge fund allocation, venture capital and angel investing. She has worked in London, Paris, Frankfurt, and New York and her prior assignments include MD CAIA Association, Director European Research at Commerzbank in London and Frankfurt and Executive Director at Goldman Sachs International.

She has an MBA from the University of San Diego, California and a BSBA from the University of Hartford, Connecticut. She is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and a member of the CFA Institute. Caroline served as Chair of the Education Committee of 100 Women in Finance in London between 2009 and 2011 and is currently an Academies Ambassador.

Victoria is Programme Director at the Natural Environment Research Council, UKRI. Victoria is a qualified accountant with a public sector background, having worked in HM Treasury and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport before joining the Research Councils in 2011. Victoria has held a number of finance roles in the Councils, including leading finance transformation across the seven Research Councils. She was the senior operational lead on the transformation programme to create UKRI and spent a year establishing UKRI’s risk and assurance function before taking up her current role in July 2019. Victoria has previously been a non-executive on the Rainbow Seed Fund and Sainsbury Laboratory Audit Committees and is NERC’s Board Observer for three of its research centres.

Alison Robinson is NERC Deputy Executive Chair and Chair of the NERC Directors’ and NERC Management Board meetings. She has oversight of the development of NERC Strategy and the spending review submissions and leads on wider engagement for NERC and UKRI environmental sustainability.

Alison started out as a lawyer, working in the courts and the voluntary sector before joining the public service in Australia. Alison moved to Bangladesh in 2013, and worked with national NGOs contributing to their strategy and advocacy to support programmes promoting disability rights and preventing domestic violence. Before joining NERC as Director, Corporate Affairs in July 2014, Alison helped set-up the Legal Ombudsman, a national organisation.

Alison has a combined degree in arts & law from UNSW, Australia, and completed a research masters of social policy & planning while living and working in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Alison is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and a trustee of the UK Association of Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC).

Professor Susan Waldron is Director of Research & Skills.

Dr Iain Williams is Director of Strategic Partnerships.

Paul is a non-executive director of NERC. He spent 35 years in local government and disaster risk management, gaining more than 20 years' strategic management experience, including secondments to the Audit Commission and IDeA, working on public policy issues. He was UK Fire & Rescue Lead on Environment & Flooding 2003-2010, working with the Environment Agency, DEFRA and Met Office on a range of programmes. He represented the UK as Member State 'expert' on various EU Civil Protection programmes relating to climate and the environment, and worked with Homeland Security and FEMA colleagues in the US on flood response and use of real-time data.

Since retiring as Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive in 2010, Paul established a company developing specialist training facilities for emergency responders across Asia, and has worked as a UN consultant with recent missions for the United Nations Development Programme in Mongolia and Bhutan. In UK, he holds a ministerial appointment as Chair of the Anglia (Eastern) Regional Flood & Coastal Committee with responsibility for overseeing investment in flood, habitat and environmental protection schemes across the East of England. He also sits on the programme board for TE2100, a project protecting 1·25 million people and £200 billion worth of property from tidal flood risk across London and the Thames Estuary.

Richard was appointed as a non-executive director of NERC in September 2013. He was a member of the Audit & Risk Assurance Committee and Chair of the GRO Assurance Committee.

Richard is a commissioner at the Independent Commission for Aid Impact, reporting to Parliament on the effectiveness and value for money of UK Official Development Assistance. Previously he was the global leader of climate change services at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he advised governments and companies on climate policy, climate finance and green growth. Richard is also a director of The Climate Group and of the Earth Innovation Institute, and an honorary fellow of the International Emissions Trading Association. He holds an MA in mathematics and engineering from Cambridge University and is a chartered accountant.