Our structure

The NC3Rs is an autonomous body responsible for setting and delivering its strategy and the use of its resources. It is not an independent public authority and for this reason it operates under the umbrella of the Medical Research Council (MRC), using some MRC administrative systems.

The Chief Executive and NC3Rs team are responsible for setting and ensuring the delivery of the NC3Rs strategy. They are supported by a non-executive Board which provides advice on the strategy, monitors delivery against the NC3Rs mission, and ensures that financial planning and risk management is robust.

Board membership

The NC3Rs Board members have expertise in animal and non-animal research, animal welfare and the 3Rs. The Chair is Professor Stephen Holgate CBE, MRC Clinical Professor of Medicine and Honorary Consultant Physician at the University of Southampton.

Board Members are appointed in a personal capacity for three years, with the possibility of a further two years extension. They are required to declare any private, professional or commercial interests that might, or that might be perceived to, conflict with the NC3Rs' interests as detailed in our declaration of interests policy. You can find out more about our Board members and view their declarations of interests on our Board member page.

Board meeting minutes

The NC3Rs is an independent scientific organisation, tasked by Government with supporting the UK science base through the application of the 3Rs. Though it is represented legally by the Medical Research Council (“the MRC”), the NC3Rs is managed independently. To avoid doubt references to the NC3Rs shall mean the MRC in relation to actual legal or contractual liability, loss, right or obligation.