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Professor Julia Buckingham CBE appointed as Chair of the NC3Rs Board

Professor Julia Buckingham

As the Chair of the NC3Rs Board, Professor Julia Buckingham will help to deliver our strategy, prepare for the next core funding bid and promote the UK’s position at the forefront of 3Rs research and development. 

Julia has previously held various senior positions including Vice Chancellor and President of Brunel University London and President of Universities UK. She is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Cancer Research, London, as well as an independent member of Council and Trustee at the University of Surrey, Chair of the Researcher Development Concordat Strategy Group at Universities UK and a member of the Advisory Board at FutureLearn Ltd. She was awarded a CBE in 2018 for services to Biology and Education and elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2019.

Julia’s research focused on the neuroendocrine mechanisms that control the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenocortical response to stress. She has been an advocate for the 3Rs throughout her career and is already familiar with the work of the NC3Rs through her membership of the advisory panel for the NC3Rs publishing gateway

Julia replaces Professor Kevin Shakesheff whose tenure as Board Chair ends after four years. Her three-year tenure* will begin 1 January 2024.

On her appointment, Julia said:

"I am delighted and very proud to be joining the NC3Rs and I look forward to working with Vicky and her colleagues to take forward the very important work the organisation is doing."

Dr Vicky Robinson CBE, NC3Rs Chief Executive, said:

"Julia has incredible experience that I know will benefit the work of the NC3Rs and I am excited to be working with her in the coming years. I would like to thank Kevin for his insight and contributions through his tenure, which has included the challenges of bidding for the NC3Rs core funding, and helping to steer the organisation through the pandemic."

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is the major core funder of the NC3Rs. John Iredale said:

"I am delighted with the appointment of Professor Julia Buckingham as Chair of the NC3Rs Board. She is bringing a wealth of expertise that will help the NC3Rs to deliver on their ambitious plans to accelerate advances in the development and use of 3Rs technologies and approaches. Welcoming Julia to this role, l wish to thank the outgoing Chair, Professor Kevin Shakesheff, for his outstanding contributions over the past four years."

.*Initial tenure for a Board Chair is three years, with the possibility of extending for a further two years.