Johnson announces new council members and re-appointment

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Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, today announced the appointment of four new members and the re-appointment of one existing member to the Council of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The new members are:

  • Professor Muffy Calder, OBE, FREng, FRSE - appointment effective from 01 April 2015
  • Ms Bonnie Dean, OBE
  • Professor Tim Jones
  • Professor Matthew Rosseinsky, FRS

The other three appointments were effective from 23 March 2015 and all will run until 31 March 2019.


  • Mr Jack Boyer

Re-appointed to the Council for a further four years.

EPSRC Chair, Dr Paul Golby, said: I am very happy to be able to welcome our four newest council members. Their knowledge and experience will undoubtedly add to an EPSRC Council that is already strong and rich in talents. Their combined experience and valuable insights into science and engineering across a number of fields, design, business and knowledge transfer will add a breadth of academic and business skills that will help us and the scientific communities address the major challenges facing the country in the coming years.

I am also pleased to say that Jack Boyer has been re-appointed as a member of Council for another four years, his experience and business perspectives are exceptionally valuable to EPSRC.

Professor Muffy Calder

Professor Muffy Calder is a Computer Scientist whose research is in modelling and reasoning about the behaviour of complex software and biochemical systems using computer science, mathematics and automated reasoning techniques. She has collaborated with scientists and engineers, in industry and academia, in a wide range of disciplines, from electrical and aerospace engineering, to cancer and cardiovascular medicine. She is currently Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Science and Engineering at Glasgow University; previously she was the Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland. She was impact assessor for the 2014 REF.

Muffy is a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award Holder and was a Royal Society Leverhulme Research Senior Fellow. She is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the British Computer Society. She was awarded the OBE for services to Computer Science in 2011.

Ms Bonnie Dean

Ms Bonnie Dean is Chief Executive of the Bristol & Bath Science Park. Prior to the science park she worked in the advanced engineering sector for multi-national research-led companies with responsibilities in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, India and Asia.

Bonnie is also a director of the Northern Ireland Science Park, Chair of EEF The Manufacturers' Organisation's Economic Policy Committee and Chair of Brandon Trust. In 2011 she was made an Honorary Fellow of Falmouth University. In 2012 Bonnie was awarded an OBE for services to Design, Technology and Innovation.

Professor Tim Jones

Professor Tim Jones became Pro-Vice Chancellor (Science, Engineering and Medicine) at the University of Warwick in 2011.

Tim obtained his BSc (1985) and PhD (1988) in Chemistry from the University of Liverpool, and after spending a short period of time on a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Fellowship at the Fritz-Haber Institute in Berlin, he moved to Imperial College London in 1991 to take up a position as Lecturer in Chemistry. Promoted to Reader in Physical Chemistry in 1996 and Professor of Chemical Physics in 1997, Tim was also the STS/Sumitomo Professor of Electronic Materials (2000-03), Director of the Centre for Electronic Materials and Devices (2001-06) and Co-Director of the London Centre for Nanotechnology (2001-07). He moved to Warwick in 2007, initially as Professor in Chemistry, becoming Deputy Chair (2008-10) and Chair of the Faculty of Science (2010-11). Tim's research is focused on electronic materials and the control of interfaces. He has published over 250 papers, several patents, and has graduated around 50 PhD students.

Tim provides the academic leadership in Science, Engineering and Medicine for departmental development and improvement, research and impact strategy and policy, as well as promoting interfaculty and interdisciplinary developments. He is also responsible for the University's Global Research Priorities (GRPs) and Research Technology Platforms (RTPs), for developing institutional strategies and policies for pen access publication and research data management, and for helping to promote gender equality in STEM subjects through Athena Swan programmes. He was the institutional lead for the recent submission to the UK's Research Excellent Framework (REF2014), which saw the University ranked 7th overall for the quality of its research and 6th overall for the quality of its publications. He also leads a number of strategic initiatives and partnerships, for example Warwick's involvement in; (i) the New York based Centre for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), a collaboration between a number of universities, businesses and the city agencies; (ii) the newly established Alan Turing Institute (ATI), a national initiative in Big Data and Data Science involving five leading UK universities; and (iii) the M5 Regional Consortium of Midlands based Universities that promotes more effective equipment sharing and research collaboration.

Professor Matthew Rosseinsky

Matthew Rosseinsky obtained a degree in Chemistry from the University of Oxford and a D. Phil under the supervision of Professor P. Day, FRS in 1990. He was a Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff at A.T.&T. Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey where his work with D.W. Murphy, A.F. Hebard and R.C. Haddon led to the discovery of superconductivity in alkali metal fullerides. In 1992, he was appointed University Lecturer at the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford, where he remained until 1999 when he moved to the University of Liverpool as Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. He was awarded the inaugural de Gennes Prize for Materials Chemistry (a lifetime award for achievement in this research area open to all scientists internationally) by the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2009 and the C.N.R. Rao Award of the Chemical Research Society of India in 2010. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2008, and was awarded the Hughes Medal of the Royal Society in 2011. In March 2013 he became a Royal Society Research Professor. His work addresses the synthesis of new functional materials for energy and information storage applications, and has been characterised by extensive collaboration with many academic and industrial colleagues.

Mr Jack Boyer

Mr Boyer is a non-executive director of Mitie plc and Laird plc and chairs the Remuneration Committee of both companies. He also sits on the Audit and Nominations Committees at Mitie. A serial entrepreneur, he chairs university spin-out Ilika plc and is an investor in a number of early-stage companies. He is Deputy Chair of the Advanced Materials Leadership Council and a member of the Energy Catalyst Advisory Board.

EPSRC Council

EPSRC Council is a senior decision making body responsible for determining EPSRC's policy, priorities and strategy. Appointments are made in accordance with the Office 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 appointees' political activity, if any declared, to be made public.

Ms Bonnie Dean has declared the following appointment to another public position: Member of the Northern Ireland Science Park (£3000).

No other new appointees have declared any other public appointments. No political activity has been declared.

Eligible members of Council will receive an honorarium of £6,850 per year. The honorarium is paid in respect of all duties carried out during their appointment to Council.

Notes for Editors

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