New NERC chairman

15 November 2013

Sir Anthony Cleaver has today been announced as the next chairman of the Natural Environment Research Council. He will succeed Mr Ed Wallis on 1 January 2014.

Making the announcement, universities & science minister, David Willetts, said:

"Sir Anthony brings with him wide ranging experience across a number of sectors. His knowledge and expertise will be vital in leading an organisation that funds world-class science. I wish him well in his new role."

Sir Anthony Cleaver said:

"I am pleased to have this opportunity to contribute to NERC, given its vital role in developing our understanding of so many key issues."

Sir Anthony Cleaver is currently president of the Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership. He has held a number of chair appointments including chair of the Medical Research Council from October 1998 to July 2006. He has also been chair of the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) in the 1990s and in 1996 led the privatisation and subsequent flotation of UKAEA's commercial activities. He then became chairman of AEA Technology plc, a position he held until the end of 2001. Sir Anthony began his career at IBM becoming general manager in 1983, chief executive in 1986 and chairman & chief executive in 1990. He holds a degree in Literae Humaniores from the University of Oxford.

Professor Duncan Wingham, NERC's chief executive, said:

I am sure that Sir Anthony will continue the excellent leadership provided over the past seven years by our outgoing chairman, Ed Wallis. Sir Anthony's business acumen and extensive experience will be a great asset to NERC."