Professor Iain Gillespie
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Enterprise
Iain Gillespie became Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Enterprise in January 2016. Previously he was Director of Science and Innovation at the Natural Environment Research Council, the UK’s leading funder for environmental science, and was lead director across the seven UK research councils for international research. He is honorary visiting professor at University College London, honorary professorial fellow at the University of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (where he takes an active role) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.
Prior to NERC, Iain was Visiting Professor in innovation in the life sciences at the University of Edinburgh. He spent 10 years at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development leading work on science, technology and innovation, with a particular focus on the bioeconomy – a concept which he developed in the early 2000s – and more than a decade in UK central government, with science-based roles in the Cabinet Office, and the Departments of Environment, of Trade and Industry and of Health. He has had considerable engagement at UN and regional international level as well as in UK domestic policy and enterprise relations.
Iain is a microbiologist by training (BSc, PhD Edinburgh) and holds masters degrees in International Relations and European Politics (Kent) and Business Administration (Open). He sits on a number of advisory boards, including for NERC’s Centre for Environment and Hydrology and the Scottish Government’s Rural Affairs and the Environment Strategic Research Programmes.