Head office

Head office provides corporate leadership and coordinates strategy, planning, performance management, reporting and external relations for the whole of NERC.

Teams in head office support NERC funding role, develop policy and administer funding to universities and public sector research institutes.

Head office also provides support services including finance, IT, people, estates and communications.

Our Executive Chair and operational directors are based in Swindon.

Professor Duncan WinghamProfessor Sir Duncan Wingham
Executive Chair
01793 411653

Lesley Harris
01793 411618

Nigel BirdNigel Bird
Interim Chief Operating Officer/Projects & Commercial Director
01793 411972

Sandra Bailey
01793 411674

Michaela SimpsonMichaela Simpson
Head of Head Office Operations
01793 442633


Professor Susan Waldron
Director of Research & Skills
01793 411548

Katja Rogers
01793 411548

Alison RobinsonAlison Robinson
Director of Corporate Affairs,
Futures & Change
01793 411711

Liesl Shephard
01793 411985

Dr Iain Williams
Director of Strategic Partnerships
01793 411711

Sue Bennett
01793 411977