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Interim Director BAS

Following the decision by NERC Council not to proceed with the merger of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the NERC Chief Executive, Professor Duncan Wingham, has appointed Professor Alan Rodger, currently BAS Board Member for Science Strategy, as Interim Director, BAS.

 

Professor Rodger will take up the role on 27 November, at which time the current Interim Director, Professor Ed Hill, OBE, will return to his full-time role as Director of the NOC.

Professor Rodger will occupy the role whilst a recruitment exercise takes place for a permanent Director.  Public advertisements for that post are expected to appear in December.

 

Professor Wingham said that now it was clear that BAS would continue to operate as a separate entity, it was appropriate that it should have an interim Director who could focus full-time on building a strong future for the Survey.  As one of BAS’s senior scientific staff of long-standing, Professor Rodger has considerable knowledge and understanding of the key science issues facing BAS.  He will be supported by the existing senior management team, which includes strength in the operational and logistical aspects of BAS activities. Professor Rodger said, ‘‘I am delighted to take on interim leadership of the British Antarctic Survey.  I am committed to work with NERC to ensure BAS delivers world class science, and is sustainable into future Comprehensive Spending Review periods.  I am keenly aware of the constraints of the scientific funding environment but am looking forward to the challenges until the new Director is in post.”

 

Professor Wingham also acknowledged the part Professor Hill had played as the previous interim Director, not least in ensuring that BAS has delivered a strong business plan to NERC that provides the basis for answering the scientific challenges of Antarctica, and for maintaining UK Antarctic presence for the remainder of the current Spending Review period.

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