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Science and innovation minister, Lord Sainsbury, announced the ...
Science and innovation minister, Lord Sainsbury, announced the

re-appointment of Rob Margetts as chair of the Natural

Environment Research Council (NERC).

Mr Margetts' second term of appointment will run from 1 January

2004 until 31 December 2006.

Announcing this re-appointment Lord Sainsbury said: 'Under Rob's

dynamic leadership over the last three years NERC has

overhauled its strategic development processes, refocused the role of

its research centres and increased effective management through a new

executive board. He has also developed an excellent working

relationship with the chief executive, John Lawton.

'Rob's assured chairing of the council has contributed to the success

of the council's openness and transparency policy, and drawing on his

extensive industrial experience he has made a considerable

contribution to the council. I am pleased this is now set to


NERCis one of the UK's seven research councils. It has an annual

budget of £270m, which it uses to fund and carry out research in

environmental science. It is addressing some of the key questions

facing mankind such as global warming, renewable energy and

sustainable economic development.


1. Research council chair re-appointments are on the Cabinet Office

'A' list of public appointments and as such agreement of the

recommendation was sought from the prime minister before the

re-appointment could be made. This re-appointment has been made in

accordance with the requirements of the commissioner for public


2. Research council chairs receive an annual honorarium of £14,400

3. Mr Rob Margetts is not active on behalf of any political party.

4. Mr Rob Margetts, CBE, FREng, FIChemE, has been chairman of NERC

since 2001. He is Chairman of The BOC Group plc and chairman of Legal

& General Group Plc. He is also chairman (Europe) of Huntsman< p/="">Corporation (USA), a non-executive director of Anglo American Plc and

a governor and fellow of Imperial College of Science, Technology and

Medicine. He joined ICI in 1969 and joined the ICI Main Board in

1992. He was also chairman of the ICI Pension Fund Trustee Limited

from 1994-2000. He is a member of the Council for Science and

Technology (CST), the Council of the Chemical Industries Association

(CIA) and the Goodison Group. He is also chairman of the

government-industry forum on non-food uses of crops (DEFRA), trustee

and director of the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE),

a director of the Foundation for Science and Technology (FST) and a

member of the Court of the University of Surrey.

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