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.

Strategic Advisory Board – has been established to advise the Franklin, via its Board on the development and implementation of the research and development strategy of the institute. Members are independent experts from
academia and industry, both national and international. The Board met for the first time in February 2020 and reviewed the current direction and future plans for each theme.

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

Professor James Naismith

Director

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Professor James Naismith

Director

Professor Naismith grew up in Hamilton, in the west of Scotland attending local state schools. He graduated from Edinburgh in 1989 with a BSc in Chemistry. As a Carnegie scholar, Professor Naismith obtained a PhD in Structural Biochemistry from Manchester […]

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 […]

Professor Helen Cooper

Board member, University of Birmingham

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Professor Helen Cooper

Board member, University of Birmingham

Helen is Professor of Mass Spectrometry and EPSRC Fellow in the School of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on biological mass spectrometry, in particular native ambient mass spectrometry for in situ analysis of proteins from biological […]

Professor Nora de Leeuw

Board Member, University of Leeds

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Professor Nora de Leeuw

Board Member, University of Leeds

Nora is Professor of Computational Chemistry, whose research is focused on the atomic-level understanding of composite materials for biomedical applications and materials for sustainable energy applications, including novel catalysts for CO2 conversion to synthetic fuels, nuclear energy, fuel cell and […]

Dr Gillian Burgess

Board Member, Grünenthal

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Dr Gillian Burgess

Board Member, Grünenthal

Gillian Burgess joined Grünenthal as Head of Research in April 2020. Prior to this she was the Vice President, Site Head and Head of Research at Vertex’s Oxford Research Site in the U.K. where she was responsible for discovering new medicines […]

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. […]

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 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 […]

Dr Tony Wood

Board Member, GSK

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Dr Tony Wood

Board Member, GSK

Tony Wood is Senior Vice President and Head of Medicinal Science and Technology at GlaxoSmithKline. He has a BSc in chemistry and a PhD in organic synthesis from Newcastle University. After a postdoc at Imperial College, he spent 25 years with Pfizer […]