Our governance

Details of our members, terms of membership, meetings and framework agreement.

Although ACRE is a UK-wide advisory body, Defra takes the lead in monitoring its activities and provides the secretariat.


ACRE is an independent Advisory Committee composed of leading scientists. Our current members are:

  • Professor Jim Dunwell (Chair)
  • Dr Kathy Bamford
  • Professor Huw D Jones
  • Dr Huw E Jones
  • Professor Peter Lund
  • Professor Andrew Millar
  • Dr Ben Raymond
  • Dr Andrew Wilcox

As part of our commitment to transparency we publish a register of our members’ interests and members’ biographies.

ACRE biographies and register of interests August 2023 (PDF, 204 KB, 9 pages)

Terms of membership

Ministers in Defra appoint the committee members for ACRE, together with ministers in the devolved administrations. Appointments are made in accordance with the requirements of the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Specifications for new members are agreed between the Chair and Defra in order to meet the future challenges facing the committee and to fill any gaps in the committee’s expertise.

Members and the Chair are appointed for 3 or 4-year terms. A member can serve on ACRE for up to 10 years, as long as they are reappointed by ministers at the end of their term. As with member appointments, the Chair is appointed through open competition in compliance with the Ministerial Governance Code on Public Appointments.

Committee members do not receive any direct remuneration for their services, although reasonable travel and subsistence expenses can be reimbursed.

ACRE appointments

The Environment Secretary, Thérèse Coffey, has appointed three members to begin their terms from July 2023:

  • Professor Andrew Millar
  • Professor Huw D Jones
  • Dr Huw E Jones

All 3 members have been appointed to their first terms which will run from 19 July 2023 to 18 July 2026. Appointments have been made in accordance with the Ministerial Governance Code on Public Appointments. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. The Code requires appointees to declare any political activity in the past 5 years (if significant). No appointees have declared political activity in the past 5 years.


Previous ACRE minutes can be found on the National Archives website.

ACRE governance agreement

This governance agreement outlines our:

  • relationship with Defra
  • relationship with devolved administrations and other government bodies
  • funding arrangements
  • appointments procedure
  • code of conduct for members

It also contains our terms of reference.

ACRE governance agreement (PDF, 188 KB, 10 pages)