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RCUK announce Hilary Reynolds as first ever Executive Director


Hilary Reynolds Research Councils UK is delighted to welcome Hilary Reynolds as its first ever Executive Director.

Hilary will take up her position as Executive Director on March 2 after being selected from an exceptional field of candidates.

With an impressive 28 year track-record of occupying strategy, change and operation roles, at all levels of the civil service, Hilary will bring with her a valuable wealth of experience to RCUK.

On taking up her position as Executive Director, Hilary said: "I’m delighted to join RCUK as its first Executive Director. What the research councils do really matters to our society, the world we live in and in which future generations are growing up. I am excited to be joining this partnership, to lead the collective activities of the seven Councils and improve how they work together to deliver their purpose.

I am joining at a time when the Research Councils (along with all publicly supported organisations) are being challenged more than ever to prove and improve the value of what they deliver and how they go about their work. In my new role I am looking forward to supporting the Research Councils to rise to this challenge, and to being part of the wider leadership of the Research Councils.  
 I look forward to getting to know the organisations, their aims and purposes, the cultures - and most of all, the people working within the Research Councils and their broader communities.”

Before joining RCUK Hilary was Director of Change at the Care Quality Commission and was instrumental in the transformation the organisation over the past two years. She has also been Deputy Chief Executive for the Ministry of Social Development in New Zealand and Director of Operations at the Department for Work and Pensions.

Rick Rylance, Chair of RCUK, said: “I am delighted to welcome Hilary to RCUK. She is a person of outstanding talents, with an outstanding record. She will contribute enormously to the resolution of the various challenges facing us. She will be a full member of Executive Group and fully engaged with all the major initiatives we undertake over the coming months and for the future. I look forward to working with her enormously."

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