NERC Council - Code of Practice

From 1 April 2018, the NERC Council became a committee of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), alongside eight other committees (referred to as the 'Councils'). This page relates to the NERC Legacy Council, who continued to function in parallel until 31 October 2018. For information on the current Council, see the NERC Council page.

The recommendations in the First Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life (the Nolan Committee) are reflected in the Cabinet Office's Guidance on Codes of Practice for Board Members of Public Bodies, on which the NERC Code of Practice is based.

The Council Code is used as a brief reference for Council members, and covers the relationship between the Council and the Business and Science Group of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS); the role of the chairman NERC; the role of the chief executive; corporate and individual responsibility; conflicts of interest; personal liability of Council members; Council's strategic duties; the publication of an annual report and accounts; the role of the Council audit committee; and the duties of Council as an employer. It also contains guidance on the confidentiality of Council business.

The guidance on the responsibility of individual Board members draws attention to the Seven Principles of Public Life, set out by the Nolan Committee: selflessness; integrity; objectivity; accountability; openness; honesty; and leadership.

A register of private, professional and commercial interests that may conflict with NERC business is held by the secretary to Council, and members of Council would be expected to declare these should they arise as part of Council discussion.