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Appointments Board

Roles and responsibilities

The UKRI-BBSRC Appointments Board operates under delegated authority from the UKRI-BBSRC Executive Chair and is responsible for making decisions on appointments to BBSRC’s Strategy Advisory Panels, Pool of Experts, Committees and Panels, based on recommendations from the BBSRC office.

In undertaking this activity, the Board is responsible for ensuring that:

  • good practice in equality, inclusion and diversity is embedded and promoted in all its activities
  • there is an open and transparent selection process for the appointment of members
  • appointments are made on the basis of quality and suitability to carry out the required activities, against defined criteria
  • the Panel or Committee collectively provides appropriate and balanced expertise, skills and knowledge to deliver its responsibilities, and is representative of the needs and interests of the relevant stakeholder and user communities


Dr Deborah Keith (Chair)
Professor Stefan Przyborski (Deputy Chair)

Professor Tracy Palmer
Professor Jane Hurst
Dr Joe Adams
Professor Adrian Mulholland
Professor Helen Sang
Professor Alison Smith
Professor Arne Akbar

Meeting dates


  • 17 May (strategic meeting)
  • 7 November (appointments meeting)


  • 26 March (strategic meeting)
  • 12 October (appointments meeting)


  • 5 April (strategic meeting)
  • 6 October (appointments meeting)


  • 19 April (strategic meeting)
  • 3 October (appointments meeting)