Our governance

We are governed by the Strategic Coherence for ODA-funded Research (SCOR) Board. The SCOR Board is chaired by an independent member, Professor Peter Piot, and brings together the Chief Scientific Advisers and Directors of our core members.

Strategic Coherence of ODA-funded Research (SCOR) Board

The funding bodies involved are:


The individuals on our SCOR Board are:

  • Prof Peter Piot (Chair) – Director, LSHTM (independent)
  • Prof Charlotte Watts – Chief Scientific Adviser, DFID
  • Prof Chris Whitty – Chief Scientific Adviser, DHSC
  • Harriet Wallace – Director, International Science and Innovation, BEIS
  • Prof Andrew Thomson – Executive Chair, AHRC (UKRI representative)
  • Prof Fiona Watt – Executive Chair, MRC (UKRI representative)
  • Prof Jeremy Farrar – Director, Wellcome
  • Prof Melissa Leach – Director, Institute of Development Studies (independent)
  • Prof Jo Beall – Professorial Research Fellow, LSE Cities, LSE (independent)


The SCOR Board is supported by UKCDR’s team, hosted by the Wellcome Trust in London. The Board convenes on a quarterly basis and has met six times since its formation in November 2017.

Further information will be shared in due course.

UKCDR Stakeholder Group

A stakeholder group comprising expertise from our wider members ensures we have a diversity of opinions and views from across the international development research sector.