NIHR | Manchester Biomedical Research Centre


Governance plays an important role in the delivery of our research.

Governance Board

The Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust Board has responsibility for contractual compliance of the Manchester BRC through its Group Chief Executive, who chairs the Manchester BRC Governance Board.

The role of the Governance Board is to set the strategic direction of Manchester BRC and hold the Manchester BRC Executive Group to account for the delivery of its strategy and objectives.  It also has a function in supporting Manchester BRC to develop the partnerships and collaborations required to deliver on its ambitious plans.

International Scientific Advisory Panel

The role of the International Scientific Advisory Panel is to advise on Manchester BRC’s scientific and clinical strategies, and critique its performance against international standards.

Membership of the panel consists of a Chair and international experts spanning our research areas, drawn from academia and industry, as well as a BRC Director from another partnership.

It is charged with ensuring that Manchester BRC’s experimental medicine science is at the international forefront and linked with NIHR infrastructure across the country, and draws upon the full capacity of the science base at The University of Manchester and the population of Greater Manchester.

BRC Executive Group

Chaired by the Manchester BRC Director, who is responsible for the NIHR funding, the Executive Group coordinates the delivery of Manchester BRC’s planned activities.

The Executive Group also has representation from all research areas, Deputy Directors, Operations Director, the NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility Director, Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement lead, Business Engagement lead and Capability Building (training) lead.

The Manchester BRC Director is a member of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) Board, which includes Research and Development Directors from Higher Educational Institutions and NHS organisations across Greater Manchester, and the Academic Director for Health Innovation Manchester.

Manchester Research and Innovation NIHR Oversight Board

The primary purpose of the Manchester Research and Innovation NIHR Oversight Board is to bring together and align the various elements of Greater Manchester’s Research and Innovation (R&I) infrastructure to optimise effort and deliver the ‘One Manchester’ objectives:

  1. meet the health needs of our population and healthcare services
  2. promote mutually supportive strategies across each stakeholder
  3. avoid duplication of function and maximise outputs
  4. coordinate major infrastructure bids across partners

The Board supports the embedding of the principles of ‘Discover, Develop and Deploy’ into R&I across the translational pipeline from academia through partner NHS organisations and into Health Innovation Manchester.

The BRC Director sits on the Oversight Board, with other colleagues from GM’s NIHR infrastructure. Several other members of Manchester BRC also sit on the Board providing expertise in areas such as Informatics.

Working groups reporting into the Oversight Board cover a variety of Manchester BRC core support activity, including PPIE and Communications.