Governance of the Research Hub

The Research Hub is managed by REAL, with support from the Governance Committee, Research Panel, and Project Management Team(s).

The Research Hub is managed by REAL. To ensure that the work of the Research Hub is transparent and in line with its objectives, REAL has established the Governance Committee, Research Panel, and Project Management Team(s). These groups are responsible for different aspects of the Research Hub's governance and operation.

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee oversees the operation of the Research Hub. The Governance Committee convenes a minimum of three times per year to review the Research Hub’s progress and manage its funds.

Members of the Committee are as follows: 

  • Michael Chesshire (Chair)
  • Virginia Graham
  • Justyna Staff
  • Toyin Owadayo
  • Stephen Lister

The Terms of Reference for the Governance Committee can be found here. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Research Panel

The Research Panel recommends research projects for funding and authorises Project Management Teams for each newly selected project. The Research Panel is comprised of independent stakeholders with expertise in assessing research priorities within the composting and anaerobic digestion sectors. Stakeholder groups represented on the Research Panel include industry, Environmental Regulators, Government Representatives, and Trade Bodies.

Members of the Research Panel are as follows:

  • Pamela Taylor (Chair)
  • Megan Muller-Girard - Renewable Energy Assurance Limited 
  • Emily Nichols - REA Organics Recycling Group
  • Mat Davis - Environment Agency 
  • Fiona Donaldson - Scottish Environment Protection Agency 
  • Gregor Keenan - CCS Operators Representative 
  • Tom Brown - BCS Operators Representative

The Terms of Reference for the Research Panel can be found here

Project Management Team

The Project Management Team (PMT) provides management support for a specific project. The Research Panel will authorise a new Project Management Team for each project funded through the Research Hub. The PMT will consist of a REAL representative, members of the Panel and/or external individuals as appropriate and depending on the nature of the project. 

On most occasions, for each project commissioned through the Research Hub, REAL will run a competitive tender process. The PMT reviews and evaluates tenders and recommends a contractor to be appointed by REAL.

The Terms of Reference for the Project Management Team can be found here