The Foundation has seven trustees. They are appointed for a standard term of five years which is renewable once (so a maximum of 10 years). 

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

The Right Honourable Sir Ernest Ryder TD, DL, FRSA
Professor Anna Vignoles PhD FBA

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

Professor Sir Keith Burnett has been the Chair of the Board of the Nuffield Foundation since September 2018. Keith is an eminent Physicist specialising in ultra-cold atomic physics and was previously Head of the Mathematics and Physical Sciences at The University of Oxford. He also served for eleven years as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield. He is President of the Science Council and Chair of the Academic Council for Schmidt Science Fellows, a scholarship programme for outstanding PhD scientists from around the world offered in partnership with the Rhodes Trust. He has also worked extensively in China and is the Chair of the International Advisory Board of Tsinghua University’s Future Lab. 

Keith is also a member of the Council of Science and Technology reporting to the Prime Minister, and served on the Council of the Royal Society and the Infrastructure Advisory Council which advised the Treasury on major infrastructure investment. His educational roles have included leading evaluations of scientific research funding, the review of A level qualifications and service on the Higher Education Funding Councils of both England and Wales. 

Keith is Vice-Chair (Academic) of Study Group which works with over 40 universities in the U.K., USA, Australia and New Zealand to provide pathway programmes of study for international students. A lifelong supporter of technical and apprentice education, he also chairs the National Technician Development Centre and was the coauthor with Sir Nigel Thrift of a 2013 report into Advanced Vocational Education, a subject on which he has been widely published in the U.K. and international media. 

Keith grew up in the Rhondda Valley in South Wales and attended Brynteg Comprehensive School before studying Physics at Oxford. He began his scientific career in the United States at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, and later worked at the Departments of Physics at the University of Colorado and Imperial College before returning to Oxford where he was a tutorial fellow for twenty years.  He is an Honorary Fellow of St John’s and Jesus College Oxford and was awarded a knighthood in 2013 for services to Science and Education. 

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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 Nannerl O. Keohane University Professor of Psychology at Duke University, and Professor of Social Development at King’s College London.

She is the associate director of the Dunedin Longitudinal Study, which follows a 1972 birth cohort in New Zealand. She also founded the Environmental Risk Longitudinal Twin Study (E-Risk), which follows a 1994 birth cohort in the UK. Her research team was among the first cohorts to collect DNA, in 1996, and among the first cohorts to use retinal imaging, in 2009.

Professor Moffitt’s work was recognised in 2018 by election to the National Academy of Medicine. She is a member of the National Advisory Council on Aging and Chair of the Jury for the Klaus J. Jacobs Prize in Switzerland. She is also fellow of the British Academy, Academy of Medical Sciences (UK), Academia Europa, Association of Psychological Science and the American Society of Criminology.

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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, a Trustee of the Tablet Trust and the IFRS, and an external member of the Bank of England's Financial Policy Committee. Colette is also a visiting Fellow at Nuffield College. 

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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The Right Honourable Sir Ernest Ryder

Sir Ernest Ryder was appointed Trustee in September 2014. He is a judge of the Court of Appeal and 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.

Sir Ernest 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 he 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.

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Lloyd Mann, University of CambridgeProfessor 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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