Minister for universities, science & cities announces new appointment to NERC

22 October 2014

Greg Clark, minister for universities, science & cities, has announced a new appointment to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Professor Ian Poll joins the Council for a period of four years. His appointment is effective from 23 September 2014.

Sir Anthony Cleaver, chairman of NERC, said:

I'm delighted to welcome a new member to NERC's Council. Professor Poll brings invaluable experience from academia and business, along with a broad range of knowledge and a good understanding of NERC's critical role in improving our quality of life and growing economies while living within the Earth's limits.

NERC plays a vital role in maintaining the UK's world-leading reputation for excellent environmental science research, and I look forward to Professor Poll's participation in the Council's future decisions in upholding that reputation.

NERC is the UK's leading funder of environmental science research, investing £330 million each year in cutting-edge research, postgraduate training and innovation in universities and research centres.

Our scientists study and monitor the physical, chemical and biological processes on which our planet and life itself depends - from pole to pole, from the deep Earth and oceans to the atmosphere and space.

NERC's partnerships with business, government and the public deliver knowledge, skills and technology that meet the UK's innovation needs and support economic growth with responsible environmental management.

These partnerships also help address key societal challenges, helping business, government and society benefit from natural resources, build resilience to environmental hazards and manage environmental change.

Council members have corporate responsibility for all NERC's actions and those of its staff. They decide on NERC's strategic priorities and performance objectives, financial management and deployment of major resources.

Professor Ian Poll

Ian Poll is emeritus professor of aerospace engineering at Cranfield University with over 40 years' experience in both academia and industry.

His primary research interests are the impact of commercial aviation on the environment and the development and use of uninhabited airborne systems and space based systems for remote sensing and data gathering. He has published and lectured extensively on both these topics and he has contributed to the broader environmental debate through television, radio and the press.

He is a past president of both the Royal Aeronautical Society and the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a fellow and former council member of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the City & Guilds Institute of London.

His previous government related roles include chairmanship of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council at the Ministry of Defence and membership of the Home Office Scientific Advisory Council, the Aerospace Innovation & Growth Committee at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, the project for the sustainable development of Heathrow at the Department for Transport, the Uninhabited Air Vehicle Steering Committee at the Civil Aviation Authority, and the NATO Advisory Group for Aerospace Research & Development.

Further information

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07917 557215


1. Appointments to NERC are made in accordance with the requirements of the Code of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for the appointees' political activity (if any declared) to be made public. No political activity has been declared by Professor Poll.

2. The newly appointed member will receive an honorarium of £6,850 per annum.

3. Biographies for all NERC Council members are available.

Press release: 31/14