Boards and committees

The following sections provide information on our top-level decision-making and governance bodies.

NERC Council

NERC Council is responsible for both advising and making decisions, as delegated to it by the UK Research & Innovation Board, on scientific, research and innovation matters.

Science Committee

The Science Committee (SC) advises on the development of NERC's integrated science strategy and the funding of new programmes and initiatives.

NERC Advisory Network

From September 2019, a new NERC Advisory Network (NAN) will provide a retained, agile and flexible pool of expertise that can be drawn on for strategic or policy advice on specific issues.

NERC Assurance Board

The NERC Assurance Board (NAB) provides a level of independent assurance to the NERC Executive Chair in fulfilling his responsibilities and enabling upward assurance into UKRI.

NERC Management Board

The NMB has responsibility for advising, supporting and challenging the Executive Chair on NERC as a commissioner, planning and decision-making, and for the successful implementation of the Strategy, Corporate Plan and Delivery Plan.

Strategic Relationship and Assurance Meetings

Strategic Relationship and Assurance Meetings (SRAMs) provide assurance to the NERC Executive that effective controls are in place for the governance (NOC, UKCEH) or management (BAS, BGS, NCAS, NCEO) and financial sustainability of the centre. It is also an opportunity to discuss the strategic relationship between NERC and the centre.

NERC/BAS Operations & Safety Assurance & Advisory Group

The NERC/BAS Operations & Safety Assurance & Advisory Group (NBOSAAG) provide independent assurance and advice on NERC's Antarctic operations and safety.

Remuneration Committee

Under the remit of Council's Remuneration Committee, the Senior Staff Salaries Review Committee (SSSRC) determines base pay movement and annual performance bonuses for NERC's staff at Band 1 and 2 levels. This category of staff includes all directors and NEB-level appointments. The Committee is chaired by the Chairman of Council and includes two Council members and the Executive Chair, with the Director of People & Skills as an adviser. It normally meets twice a year in the margins of the June and September Council meetings.


View the boards and committees contacts for further information.