Lord Turnberg stands down as Chair of the NC3Rs Board

Professor Lord Turnberg has now stood down as Chair of the NC3Rs Board, having held the position since the establishment of the NC3Rs in May 2004. The process of appointing a successor is currently underway and the Deputy Chair, Professor Paul Flecknell, will fulfil the duties of the Chair until an appointment has been made.

Dr Vicky Robinson, chief executive of the NC3Rs, said: "The NC3Rs has had enormous success in working positively with all parts of the scientific community and Lord Turnberg has been instrumental in that success. Most importantly, he has supported and facilitated our assertion that the only way to get the 3Rs on the agenda is through science and innovation, harnessing the talent and expertise that we have in the UK biosciences in academia and industry, which is a real change from how the 3Rs are often perceived."

Professor Lord Turnberg said: "I have been proud to have worked with such a young and exciting organisation and I would like to thank the staff and Board, and all those who have worked with the NC3Rs for their tremendous support and enthusiasm. The 3Rs are critical to good science and the humane use of animals and it is important that the momentum that has been established by the NC3Rs is maintained."


Notes for editors

The NC3Rs has a non-executive Board which oversees the NC3Rs policy and strategy, ensures that the organisation is effectively managed, and is consulted on major policy and spending decisions. Specifically, the Board:

  • Advises on and approves the NC3Rs work plan
  • Monitors the performance of the NC3Rs against its mission statement and agreed objectives.

The Board consists of the Chair, Deputy Chair, Chief Executive and up to 12 other members. The members of the Board are non-executive. Board members are drawn from the stakeholder groups of the NC3Rs encompassing the spectrum of animal and non-animal research, animal welfare and the 3Rs. They are expected to support all three Rs. The aim is to ensure that the Board is properly representative of the Centre's role and remit, its funders and stakeholder groups and has an appropriate balance of skills and expertise. All appointments are made in a personal capacity, normally for a period of three years with a possible extension of up to two years. The Board meets three times a year and additionally as required.

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