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New appointments to the MRC’s Council

5 Feb 2020

UK Research and Innovation has appointed two new members to the MRC’s Council – Dr Precious Lunga and Professor Kim Graham.

The MRC Council is responsible both for advising the MRC’s Executive Chair and making decisions, as delegated to it by the UKRI Board, on scientific, research and innovation matters.

MRC Council members represent the highest levels of research and innovation across higher education, industry and commerce, policy and civil society, reflecting different characteristics and professional backgrounds.

Professor Fiona Watt, MRC Executive Chair, welcomed the appointments saying: "I’m delighted to welcome Precious and Kim to the MRC Council. They will bring valuable expertise, knowledge and insight to our Council and complement our existing members who are vital to ensuring that MRC remains a strategic and dynamic force for investment in medical research in the UK.”

Today’s announcement is one of a number of Council appointments made by UKRI.

Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation, said: “I‘m delighted to welcome these new Council members to UKRI. They will play a crucial role in the development of our strategy and governance in the years ahead by stimulating, supporting and challenging the direction of our organisation. The diversity of their personal backgrounds, experience and expertise will ensure that we make the very best choices as we develop our capacity to invest in the important research and innovation questions of the future.”

The new council members are:

  • Dr Precious Lunga, CEO and Co-Founder of Baobab Circle.
  • Professor Kim Graham, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Enterprise, at Cardiff University.


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