The Council is an advisory board with senior representatives from Government, parliament, industry and the research community. It has a mixture of individual appointments and some ex-officio members, as set out in the Foundation's Articles of Association.

Council Members

The Rt Hon the Lord Willetts* FRS, Chair 
Ex-Offico Members
Professor Sir Adrian Smith PRS President, The Royal Society
Professor Sir Jim McDonald FREng FRSE, President, Royal Academy of Engineering
Professor Sir David Cannadine PBA, President, British Academy
Professor Dame Anne Johnson DBE PMedSci, President, The Academy of Medical Sciences
Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE FRS FRSE FRAS FInstP, Interim President, The Royal Society of Edinburgh
Professor Hywel Thomas CBE FREng FRS FLSW MAE, President, The Learned Society of Wales
Malcolm Brinded CBE FREng, Chair, EngineeringUK
Position vacant, President, Science Council 
Professor Christopher Smith, Executive Chair, Arts and Humanities Research Council, UKRI
Professor Melanie Welham, Executive Chair, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, UKRI
Professor Alison Park, Interim Executive Chair, Economic and Social Research Council, UKRI
Professor Dame Lynn Gladden CBE FRS FREng, Executive Chair, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UKRI
Indro Mukerjee, Chief Executive, Innovate UK, UKRI
Professor Fiona Watt FRS FMedSci, Executive Chair, Medical Research Council, UKRI
Professor Sir Duncan Wingham, Executive Chair, Natural Environment Research Council, UKRI
David Sweeney, Executive Chair, Research England, UKRI
Professor Mark Thomson, Executive Chair, Science and Technology Facilities Council, UKRI
Dr Sally Howes OBE, Chair, Steering Board, UK Space Agency
Appointed Members
Professor Polina Bayvel CBE FRS FREng 
Sir John Beddington CMG FRS FRSE HonFREng
Mr Justice Birss 
Sir Drummond Bone FRSE 
Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz FRS FRCP FMedSci FLSW DL
The Lord Broers FRS FREng HonFMedSci 
Sir Donald Brydon* CBE 
Sir Anthony Cleaver HonFREng 
Simon Denegri OBE
Sir Gordon Duff FRCP FRCPE FMedSci FRSE
Dr Paul Golby CBE FREng 
The Lord Haskel
Professor The Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield FBA 
Dr Julian Huppert 
The Rt Hon Professor The Lord Kakkar PC FMedSci*  
Professor Sir David King ScD FRS HonFREng 
The Lord Krebs Kt FRS FMedSci Hon DSc 
Emma Lindsell
Dr Sarah Main*
Patrick McHugh
John Neilson*
Professor The Lord Mair CBE FRS FREng 
Dr Julie Maxton CBE*
Jonathan Neale FIET FIOD CEng
The Rt Hon the Baroness Neville-Jones DCMG 
Sir Paul Nurse FRS FMedSci HonFREng 
Chi Onwurah* MP
The Lord Oxburgh KBE FRS HonFREng 
The Lord Rees of Ludlow OM Kt FRS 
The Baroness Sharp of Guildford
Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE FIET*
Phil Smith CBE
Isobel Stephen*
Professor Sir Michael Sterling FREng 
Sir Hugh Taylor KCB
The Lord Trees MRCVS, FMedSci, HonFRSE
Sir Peter Williams CBE FRS FREng  
The Lord Willis of Knaresborough 
Note: Council members marked with an * are also members of the Trustee Board