The Foundation has seven trustees. They are appointed for three terms of five, four and three years respectively, so serve a maximum of twelve years.

Professor David Rhind CBE DSc FRS Hon FBA (Chair)
Professor Lord Krebs Kt, MA, DPhil, FRS, FMedSci, Hon DSc (Deputy Chair)

Professor Terrie Moffitt PhD FBA FMedSci

Dame Colette Bowe DBE Ph
Professor James Banks PhD

Professor the Right Honourable Lord Justice Ryder TD, DL, FRSA
Professor Anna Vignoles PhD FBA
Professor Sir Keith Burnett CBE, BA, DPhil, FRS, FInstPhys, FLSW (Chair Elect)

Professor David RhindProfessor Rhind CBE FRS Hon FBA

Professor David Rhind was appointed Chair in 2010. He has been a Trustee since 2008.

Previously David has Chaired the Government’s Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust Board. He has also been Deputy Chair of the UK Statistics Authority, Director on the Court of the Bank of England, and Vice Chancellor and President of City University in London.

Until 1998, Professor Rhind was Director General of the Ordnance Survey and oversaw the creation of the world’s first national digital topographic database. He has been a member of the Economic and Social Research Council and Chaired the Academy of Social Sciences’ Commission on the Social Sciences.

Professor Rhind holds the rare distinction of being both an elected Fellow of the Royal Society and an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy.

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Professor Lord Krebs Kt, MA, DPhil, FRS, FMedSci, Hon DSc 

Lord Krebs is Deputy Chairman of the Foundation. He sits in the House of Lords as an independent cross-bencher and is a member of the Science and Technology Select Committee. He is Chairman of the UK Science and Technology Honours Committee and Chairman of the Royal Society's Science Policy Advisory Group. He sits on the UK Climate Change Committee and chair its Adaptation Sub-Committee.

Previously, Lord Krebs was Principal of Jesus College, Chairman of the UK Food Standards Agency (2000-2005), and Chief Executive for the Natural Environment Research Council (1994-1999). 

A zoologist by training, Lord Krebs was a Royal Society Research Professor at Oxford from 1988-2005. In 2007 he chaired the working party of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics' report on the Ethics of Public Health.  

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Professor Terrie MoffittProfessor Terrie Moffitt PhD FBA FMedSci

Professor Moffitt was appointed Trustee in 2010. She is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University in North Carolina and Professor of Social Behaviour and Development at the Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. 

She is also Associate Director of both the Dunedin Longitudinal Study, which follows a cohort of 1,000 people born in 1972 in New Zealand, and the Environmental-Risk Longitudinal Twin Study, which follows 1,100 British families with twins born in 1994-1995.

Professor Moffitt is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the American Society of Criminology, the British Academy, Academia Europaea and King's College London. 

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Dr Colette Bowe

Dame Colette Bowe DBE

Colette was appointed Trustee in December 2011. She is Chairman of the Banking Standards Board and a Board member of Axa Deutschland GmBH and the UK Statistics Authority. Colette is also a Governor of Bancroft’s School, and a Trustee of the Tablet Trust.

Dame Colette began her career at the Department of Trade and Industry before undertaking senior roles at the former Independent Broadcasting Authority, and the Securities and Investment Board.  She has a PhD in economics from Queen Mary College, where she was later appointed Chairman of the College Council. She is a former member of the board of management at the National Institute for Economic and Social Research.

She has been Chairman of the communications regulator Ofcom, founding chairman of its Consumer Panel, Chairman of Electra Private Equity plc, and founding Chairman of the Telecoms Ombudsman Council. She was formerly executive chairman of Fleming Fund Management, and chief executive of the Personal Investment Authority. 

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Professor James Banks

James Banks was appointed Trustee in January 2013. He is Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and Deputy Research Director at the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS).

Professor Banks has a PhD in Economics from University College London (UCL). He joined IFS in 1990 and led its research into consumption and savings from 1992-1999. He was appointed Deputy Director there in 1997, changing roles five years later to become Deputy Research Director, alongside a new role as Professor of Economics at UCL. He took up his current post at the University of Manchester in 2010, and splits his time between this role and his work for IFS.

His own research focuses on empirical modelling of individual economic behaviour over the life-cycle, with particular focus on consumption and spending patterns, saving and asset accumulation, pensions, retirement and housing dynamics.

James is Co-Principal Investigator of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, Co-Director of the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy, and chair of the Understanding Society Scientific Advisory Committee.

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Professor the Right Honourable Lord Justice Ryder

Lord Justice Ryder was appointed Trustee in September 2014. He is a judge of the Court of Appeal and, as of September 2015, Senior President of Tribunals. He is also a member of the Family Procedure Rules Committee and was formally a judge of the Family Division of the High Court. He was appointed to the High Court bench in 2004 and prior to that was a family and administrative law silk practising from chambers in Manchester.

Lord Justice Ryder was previously the senior Presiding Judge of the Northern Circuit; in this role he sat in the criminal, civil and administrative courts as well as in family cases. In 2011 Lord Justice Ryder was appointed Judge in Charge of the Modernisation of Family Justice, following the final report of David Norgrove’s Family Justice Review. His recommendations included the introduction of a single Family Court with strengthened judicial leadership and control of the workload of the court. He advocated robust case management of family proceedings through the requirement to have a welfare timetable for each child, based on evidence and research.

Lord Justice Ryder is the Chancellor of the University of Bolton and regularly lectures at the Judicial College, the Judicial Institute in Scotland and at universities across the United Kingdom.

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Professor Anna Vignoles

Professor Anna Vignoles was appointed Trustee in October 2015. 

Anna is Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge. She is a Fellow of the British Academy, a member of the ESRC Research Committee and a member of the Sutton Trust Academic Advisory Board. She is also an Associate Editor for The Cambridge Journal of Education and Education Economics.

Anna has advised numerous government departments, including the Department for Education, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and HM Treasury. She provided advice to the Browne Review of Higher Education Funding, the House of Commons Education and Skills Committee investigation of higher education funding, the House of Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee, as part of their inquiry into education and training opportunities for young people, and Lord Leitch's Review of Skills.

Professor Vignoles’ research interests focus on widening participation in higher education, social mobility, the impact of school resources on pupil achievement and on the socio-economic gap in pupil achievement.

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Professor Sir Keith Burnett CBE, BA, DPhil, FRS, FInstPhys, FLSW (Chair Elect)

Professor Sir Keith Burnett was appointed Trustee in September 2017, and he will succeed Professor David Rhind as Chair when the latter retires from the Board in September 2018.

Keith is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield and a renowned Physicist specialising in ultra-cold atomic physics. He is also President of the Science Council, a member of the Council of Science and Technology reporting to the Prime Minister, and of the Infrastructure Advisory Council, which advises the Treasury on major investments.

Before his move to Sheffield in 2007, Professor Sir Keith Burnett was Head of the Division of Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences at the University of Oxford, where he was previously Chairman of Physics. His began his career in the United States, at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, and later the Department of Physics at the University of Colorado. He was a Lecturer in the Physics Department at Imperial College for four years before returning to Oxford.

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