Press release

Reappointment of Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Chair

Dr Paul Golby has been reappointed as Chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

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Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson has today (26 May 2016) announced the reappointment of Dr Paul Golby as Chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson said:

I am very pleased to announce the reappointment of Dr Paul Golby as Chair of EPSRC.

Building on a successful four years in post, his strong engineering background, wide-ranging business experience and knowledge of working with government will serve him well in his second term.

Dr Paul Golby said:

I am delighted to have been reappointed as Chair of Council of the EPSRC. I look forward to working with BIS and the other Research Councils to implement the recently published White Paper.

The reappointment is for a 2 year period.

Council Member Reappointment

The Minister has also reappointed Professor Sir Richard Friend to a second term as a member of the Council.

EPSRC Chair Dr Paul Golby said:

I am also pleased that Richard Friend has been re-appointed as a member of Council for another 3 years, his knowledge, skills, experience and unique perspectives that he brings are exceptionally valuable to EPSRC.

Notes to editors

  1. This appointment has been made in accordance with the requirements of the Code of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Dr Golby also holds one other public appointment as a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology.

  2. Dr Paul Golby took up the post of Chairman of the EPSRC in April 2012. After gaining a doctorate in and training as a mechanical engineer, he held a series of management positions with Dunlop and BTR before becoming an executive director of Clayhithe plc in 1992. He joined E.ON UK plc (formally PowerGen) in 2001 where he held the position of Chairman and Chief Executive until his retirement in December 2011. A chartered engineer, Dr Golby is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Energy Institute. He was awarded an honorary degree from Aston University in 2007 and Cranfield University in 2008. In January 2009 he was appointed Pro-Chancellor of Aston University and Chair of Council. He was appointed member of the Prime Ministers Council for Science and Technology in June 2011 and was awarded the CBE by HM The Queen in the same year. Dr Golby was also appointed Engineering UK Chairman in September 2010, appointed Non-Executive Director of National Grid plc in February 2012 and in October 2014 appointed Chairman of the Board for NATS. He became Non-Executive Chairman of Costain Group PLC on 05 May 2016.

  3. Professor Sir Richard Friend is the Cavendish Professor of Physics at the University of Cambridge. His reappointment to EPSRC Council is for 3 years from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2019. His appointment was made in accordance with the requirements of the Code of the Commissioner for Public Appointments

  4. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) - As the main funding agency for engineering and physical sciences research, our vision is for the UK to be the best place in the world to Research, Discover and Innovate. By investing £800 million a year in research and postgraduate training, we are building the knowledge and skills base needed to address the scientific and technological challenges facing the nation. Our portfolio covers a vast range of fields from healthcare technologies to structural engineering, manufacturing to mathematics, advanced materials to chemistry. The research we fund has impact across all sectors. It provides a platform for future economic development in the UK and improvements for everyone’s health, lifestyle and culture. We work collectively with our partners and other Research Councils on issues of common concern via Research Councils UK.

Published 26 May 2016