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Strategy Board

Strategy Board advises the Executive Chair and Council on areas requiring scientific strategic input and holds a strategic budget to enable timely funding for new strategic initiatives. Chaired by the MRC Executive Chair, it brings together the chairs of MRC’s research boards and overview groups and senior MRC Executives. The role of Strategy Board is:

  • To advise the Executive Chair and Council on scientific priorities and the development of overall MRC strategy
  • To advise on strategic initiatives and performance, including
    • planning and implementation of programmatic strategic initiatives and review of their progress
    • allocation of funding from the strategic budget, normally for new strategic initiatives or cross-cutting/partnership investments
  • To consider reports from boards and overview groups, and provide guidance on science trends, opportunities, priorities and pressures to inform longer-term financial planning and commitment budgets
  • To provide scientific advice on major long-term MRC research investments and infrastructure needs and contribute to strategic reviews of MRC’s large investments at individual or portfolio level.



  • Professor Fiona Watt, Executive Chair, MRC (Chair)
  • Dr Robin Buckle, Chief Science Officer, MRC
  • Dr Glenn Wells, Director of Strategy and Planning
  • Professor Patrick Chinnery, MRC Clinical Director, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak, Translational Research Group Chair, University of Glasgow
  • Professor David Ford, Data Science Strategic Advisory Group Deputy Chair, Swansea University
  • Professor Maddy Parsons, Molecular and Cellular Medicine Board Chair, King’s College London
  • Professor Paul Kaye, Infections and Immunity Board, University of York
  • Professor Catherine Law, Global Health Group Chair, University College London
  • Professor Paul Matthews, Neurosciences and Mental Health Board Chair, Imperial College London             
  • Professor Moira Whyte, Training and Careers Group Chair, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Brian Walker, MRC Population and Systems Medicine Board Chair, Newcastle University
  • Professor Nick Wareham, MRC Population Health Sciences Group Chair, University of Cambridge


Meeting dates 2021

Month Date
February Thursday 18 February 2021
March Tuesday 30 March 2021
May Tuesday 18 May 2021
July Tuesday 13 - Wednesday 14 July 2021
September Thursday 9 September 2021
October Thursday 28 October 2021
December  Wednesday 8 - Thursday 9 December 2021


Meeting dates 2022

Month Date
March Wednesday 30 March 2022
July Tuesday 5 - Wednesday 6 July 2022
October Wednesday 5 October 2022
December Monday 5 - Tuesday 6 December 2022


For any queries regarding Strategy Board, please contact: StrategyBoard@mrc.ukri.org