Clare Matter, CBE, Director of Engagement at the Natural HIstory Museum, London © Trustees of the Natural History Museum

Clare Matterson CBE appointed to Natural Environment Research Council

The Museum’s Executive Director of Engagement, Clare Matterson, has been appointed by UK Research and Innovation to join the NERC Council.

The NERC Council is responsible both for advising the NERC Executive Chair and making decisions on scientific, research and innovation matters. Council members represent research and innovation across higher education, industry and commerce, policy and/or civil society, reflecting different characteristics and professional backgrounds.

Clare has led engagement at the Natural History Museum for nearly two years, most recently overseeing the delivery of the Museum’s bold new vision and strategy to 2031, which also saw the Museum declaring a planetary emergency.

Prior to her appointment at the Natural History Museum, Clare worked for 18 years at the Wellcome Trust as Director of Strategy and Director of Culture and Society, where she led many initiatives, co-founding the Wellcome Collection, establishing the UK’s National science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Learning Centre and initiating ‘Our Planet Our Health’.

Clare has a Zoology degree from the University of Oxford, is a member of the US National Academy of Science’s LabX Advisory Board and a Trustee of the Horniman Museum.  She was awarded the Queen’s honour, CBE for services to public engagement with science.

Speaking about her appointment to the NERC Council, Clare said: "We are facing a planetary emergency, but there is hope, and I believe science, research and innovation hold the keys to unlocking this. ’m delighted to be joining the NERC Council, and working together I hope together we can make our future safer and stronger for people and planet.”

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