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The Advisory Council

Helping the Foundation deliver its charitable aims.

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The Advisory Council was set up in 2015 to assist the Foundation in delivering our charitable aims. It provides independent expert advice, support and constructive challenge in developing general strategy and plans, identifying new funding opportunities and emerging priorities, maximising impact plus suggesting other bodies to work with.

The Advisory Council meets twice a year.

The Advisory Council's advice and challenge is crucial as we work to grow the Foundation and maximise its impact on society.

Thomas Thune Andersen




  • Provide independent expert advice
  • Support the Foundation
  • Constructively challenge
  • Identify new funding opportunities
  • Identify emerging priorities
  • Maximise impact
  • Suggest other bodies to work with.


Terms of reference

  • Input to the Foundation's strategy and its annual refresh 
  • Advise on new areas of research 
  • Advise on challenges and ‘white space’ 
  • Advise on co-ordination with global funding bodies 
  • Comment on quality and competitiveness of research 
  • Advise and assist in leading a peer review college 
  • Act as ambassadors for the Foundation.


In addition to participants from the Foundation team there are nine external members.

Professor Anja BoisenProfessor Anja Boisen
Head of Centre of Excellence, DTU Nanotech, Technical University of Denmark.



Professor Michael BrunoProfessor Michael Bruno
Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Hawaii at Manoa

Professor Lui Pao ChuenProfessor Lui Pao Chuen
Retired in 2008 after serving 41 years in the SAF and MINDEF and 22 years as Chief Defence Scientist. He is adviser to the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office, six Ministries and Government Agencies and to President NUS and NTU.

Professor Michael FitzpatrickProfessor Michael Fitzpatrick
Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Coventry University with responsibility for the portfolio of engineering, environment and computing; LR Foundation Chair of Structural Integrity and Systems Performance. Chartered Engineer, Chartered Scientist, Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining; Member of the Institute of Directors.

Dr Arnab Majumdar Dr Arnab Majumdar
Senior Lecturer in Transport Risk Management and the Director of the Transport Risk Management Centre (TRMC) at the Centre for Transport Studies, Imperial College London.

Professor John Perkins FREng, CBEProfessor John Perkins FREng, CBE
Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills until January 2015. Prior to this he was Provost at the MASDAR Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi.

Professor Jeremy WatsonProfessor Jeremy Watson FREng, CBE
Professor of Engineering Systems at University College London, and Vice-Dean for Engineering Mission. Chief Scientist and Engineer at BRE.

Professor Sir Mark WellandProfessor Sir Mark Welland FRS, FREng
Director of The Nanoscience Centre, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge.

Professor Richard A WilliamsProfessor Richard A Williams OBE FREng FTSE
Principal and Vice-Chancellor at Heriot-Watt University (UK, Dubai, Malaysia)

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