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 Duncan Wingham
Executive Chair
01793 411653

Lesley Harris
01793 411618

Nigel BirdNigel Bird
Projects & Commercial Director
01793 442516

Sandra Bailey
01793 411674

Michaela SimpsonMichaela Simpson
Head of Head Office Operations
01793 442633


Paul FoxPaul Fox
Chief Operating Officer
01793 411972

Sandra Bailey
01793 411674

Dr Phil HeadsDr Phil Heads
Interim Director, Research & Skills and Strategic Partnerships
01793 411548

Katja Rogers
01793 411548

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

Liesl Shephard
01793 411985