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NC3Rs: National Centre for the Replacement Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research

Board Chair vacancy

17 April 2023
A collage of images to illustrate the work that the NC3Rs does. From top left to bottom right: A scientist in a white coat looks down a microscope, two white rats sit in cardboard tubes, a cell plate, researchers standing around some equipment, a macaque sits on a swing, well plate with pink fluid, a technician moving animals between cages and a zebrafish tank showing three partial zebrafish swimming.

The NC3Rs is seeking a well-connected and ambitious Board Chair to help steer its work over the next three years.

Nationally and internationally, support for the 3Rs has gathered momentum, with developments in science and technology having the potential to transform the use of animals in research. The UK has been at the forefront of these developments through the work of the NC3Rs. There are however significant barriers to the adoption of 3Rs approaches that require changes in policy, practice and regulations and engagement with leaders across the scientific community at home and abroad to ensure sustained action and investment. Politically, animal research is a topic that is attracting increasing interest, while public support for animal use remains contingent on the 3Rs being applied. Joining the NC3Rs Board presents an opportunity to help shape the Centre’s strategy and promote the UK’s position as a leader in 3Rs research and development.

Being Board Chair has been a real pleasure – helping the NC3Rs have long-term impact through the work of the team and the many researchers in academia and industry who receive NC3Rs funding is very rewarding. Meeting people committed to excellent science and the 3Rs across government, UKRI, universities and many more has been a particular highlight. 

Professor Kevin Shakesheff, NC3Rs Board Chair 2020 – 2023

The Board Chair will work with the Board and NC3Rs team to evolve and maximise the scientific, ethical and economic benefits that the 3Rs can deliver.

The environment in which the NC3Rs operates is complex and dynamic and the Board Chair needs to be highly experienced in science policy and research funding. The ability to inspire and command the respect of a wide range of stakeholders is essential.

Learn more about the role and how to apply: Board Chair vacancy.


The Board provides advice on the strategy, monitors delivery against the NC3Rs mission, and ensures that financial planning and risk management is robust.