Our structure

The NC3Rs is an autonomous body responsible for setting and delivering its strategy and the use of its resources. It is not an independent public authority and for this reason it operates under the umbrella of the Medical Research Council (MRC), using some MRC administrative systems.

The Chief Executive and NC3Rs team are responsible for setting and ensuring the delivery of the NC3Rs strategy. They are supported by a non-executive Board which provides advice on the strategy, monitors delivery against the NC3Rs mission, and ensures that financial planning and risk management is robust.

Board membership | Board minutes | Declarations of Interests

Board membership

The NC3Rs Board members have expertise in animal and non-animal research, animal welfare and the 3Rs. The Chair is Professor Stephen Holgate CBE, MRC Clinical Professor of Medicine and Honorary Consultant Physician at the University of Southampton.

Board Members are appointed in a personal capacity for three years, with the possibility of a further two years extension. A list of current members and their tenure end is given below.

Member Name Institution Term Ends
Professor Stephen Holgate CBE (Chair) University of Southampton July 2016
Dr Vicky Robinson CBE NC3Rs -
Dr Paul Brooker     Independent Dec 2018
Professor Chris Denning  University of Nottingham Dec 2018
Mr Paul Finnemore     AstraZeneca/MedImmune Dec 2018
Professor Ian Jackson University of Edinburgh Oct 2017
Dr Ceri Lyn-Adams Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council  -
Dr Tony Peatfield Medical Research Council -
Mr Terry Priest MBE University of Manchester Oct 2017
Professor Stefan Przyborski Durham University Oct 2017
Dr Ian Ragan Independent Nov 2018
Professor Blanca Rodriguez     University of Oxford Dec 2018
Professor Lucy Walker    University College London Dec 2018
Dr Carl Westmoreland Unilever Nov 2017

Declaration of Interest

Board members are required to declare any private, professional or commercial interests that might, or that might be perceived to, conflict with the NC3Rs interests as detailed in the declaration of interests policy. Board members' declarations of interest can be accessed by following the link on the Panel member's name.

Board meeting minutes


The NC3Rs is an independent scientific organisation, tasked by Government with supporting the UK science base through the application of the 3Rs. Though it is represented legally by the Medical Research Council (“the MRC”), the NC3Rs is managed independently. To avoid doubt references to the NC3Rs shall mean the MRC in relation to actual legal or contractual liability, loss, right or obligation.