The Institute was set up as a legal entity in Spring 2018, later becoming a registered charity. The board for the Institute, also acting as its trustees, will be made up of members nominated by partner organisations, plus representation from industry and affiliated organisations.

There are several layers of governance which control the finances and decision making at the Institute.

The Board of Directors – the board are the trustees for the charity, with legal responsibilities to ensure the safe and effective management of the Institute.

Member representatives – this group represent the interests of the member organisations, and their role is to ensure that the institute is delivering strong partnerships with its members.

The Value for Money Panel – this panel consider all major funding decisions, and assess their viability and value for money. Only proposals with the support of the Executive Team and relevant Theme Advisory Panels will be submitted to the Value for Money panel.

The Executive Team – the executive is made up of the senior leadership team for the Institute, plus the theme leaders. They consider developments across the themes and form part of the decision making in advancing proposals to the Value for Money Panel.

Theme Advisory Panels – each theme has a panel of international experts from across academia and industry who contribute to the development and review of the road-maps and technology proposals for each theme.

Board of Directors

Dr Vivienne Cox

Chair

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Dr Vivienne Cox

Chair

Dr Vivienne Cox was appointed as Chair of the Rosalind Franklin Institute in 2018. A chemistry graduate with a passion for people and collaborative, interdisciplinary, ways of working, she will lead the development of the RFI Board – getting the right […]

Dr Gillian Burgess

Board Member, Vertex

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Dr Gillian Burgess

Board Member, Vertex

Gillian Burgess joined Vertex in 2016 as Vice President, Site Head and Head of Research at Vertex’s Oxford Research Site in the U.K. where she is responsible for discovering new medicines or serious conditions such as chronic pain. Prior to […]

Professor Stephen Caddick

Board Member, Wellcome Trust

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Professor Stephen Caddick

Board Member, Wellcome Trust

Stephen joined Wellcome as Director of Innovation in June 2015. Previously, he was Vice Provost (Enterprise & London) and Vernon Professor of Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology at University College London (UCL). Stephen is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for […]

Stephen Dauncey

Board Member, Manchester University

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Stephen Dauncey

Board Member, Manchester University

Stephen is Director of Finance at The University of Manchester. He was previously Chief Finance Officer and Board member of Highways England, and a core member of the team that completed the transition from a government agency to a publicly […]

Dr Barbara Ghinelli

Board Member - UKRI-STFC

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Dr Barbara Ghinelli

Board Member - UKRI-STFC

Barbara is Harwell Campus Business Development Director at UKRI-STFC, where she oversees the development and management of clusters on the Harwell and Daresbury Campuses. She has been instrumental in establishing a high profile for the Space and the Health Tec […]

Professor Ewan McKendrick

Board Member, University of Oxford

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Professor Ewan McKendrick

Board Member, University of Oxford

Ewan is Professor of English Private Law and a Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall at the University of Oxford. He holds law degrees from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Oxford, and was called to the Bar in 1998. […]

Dr Jen Jennings

Board Member, University of Birmingham

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Dr Jen Jennings

Board Member, University of Birmingham

Dr Jen Jennings is Deputy Director of Operations (Research and Knowledge Transfer) at the University of Birmingham where she provides strategic oversight of support for research development, stakeholder engagement and knowledge exchange. Jen has a PhD in molecular microbiology and […]

Professor Andy Mount

Board Member, University of Edinburgh

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Professor Andy Mount

Board Member, University of Edinburgh

Andy is Professor of Physical Electrochemistry and Dean of Research in the College of Science & Engineering (CSE) at the University of Edinburgh.  His research interests include fundamental and applied electrochemistry, sensing and analysis and the development and application of […]

Professor Peter J S Smith

Board Member, University of Southampton

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Professor Peter J S Smith

Board Member, University of Southampton

Professor Smith joined Southampton University in 2011 as the first Director of the new Institute for Life Sciences. The Institute aims to catalyse interdisciplinary research working at the interfaces between medical/health and biological sciences with the physical sciences, mathematics and […]

Professor Nigel Titchener-Hooker

Board Member, UCL

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Professor Nigel Titchener-Hooker

Board Member, UCL

Professor Nigel Titchener-Hooker, CENg, FIChemE, FREng is Dean of UCL Engineering and was for the past 7 years head of the Department of Biochemical Engineering. He directs the EPSRC Future Manufacturing Hub for Targeted Healthcare and was previously the Director […]