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Paper 6: Sustainable Organisation (Butler)


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  • 1. Sustainable Organisation 2 July 2010 3 rd International workshop on innovation and performance management Brian Butler Director, Resource & Operations CEH
  • 2. CEH is a PSRE and the UK's Centre of Excellence for research in the land and freshwater environmental sciences CEH is wholly owned by….
  • 3. Public Sector Research Establishments
    • PSREs are outside of the University sector
    • Collectively represent a world-class resource for UK Science ranging from:
      • Some near-commercial organisations
      • Others effectively part of a Government Department
    • The research capacity they provide meets
      • Specialist research needs
      • Strategic importance which cannot be delivered by market-place
    • Their sustainable performance is of strategic importance to the UK
  • 4. Sustainability
    • “ Operating today in a way which does not inhibit the organisation’s ability to do so tomorrow and
    • Managing key resources so as to at least maintain the current capacity of the organisation, or the capacity needed in the future to respond to changing demands”
    • An organisation must know the Full Economic Costs (FEC) of its activities
  • 5. Science and Innovation Investment Framework – 2004-2014
    • Sustainability of the PSREs
    • Full Economic Costs approach to research
    • Raising sufficient income through core funds, external research contracts, research grants
    • Enabling PSREs to maintain a necessary level of infrastructure investments
    • A finance sustainable investment approach
  • 6. The Natural Environment Research Council in a UK government setting
  • 7. Our Goal To be the world-leading centre for integrated science in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. Our Vision Deliver solutions for today’s urgent environmental problems to achieve environmental sustainability.
  • 8. History CEH was formed in April 2000 from a merger of four long-established research institutes: Institute of Terrestrial Ecology Institute of Freshwater Ecology Institute of Hydrology Institute of Virology & Environmental Microbiology
  • 9. Transition to sustainability
    • CEH Business Plan based on inputs
      • Review of Science proposals - size
      • Strategic Review (Deloitte) - shape
    • Outcomes
      • Smaller science programme approved
      • NERC funding and target for other income confirmed
      • Reduce staff from ~600 to ~450
      • Reduce sites from 9 to 4
      • Transition & Integration over ~4 years
  • 10. Bangor 330 scientists and 120 support staff Lancaster Edinburgh Wallingford (HQ)
  • 11. CEH Budget NERC National Capability NERC grants Defra EU EA Others £35M pa resource
  • 12. Governance Executive Board Science Board Director CEH Director Resource & Operations Director Biogeochemistry Director Water Director Biodiversity Director CEH Director Environmental Information Data Centre Director Biogeochemistry Director Water Director Biodiversity
  • 13. Monitoring
    • Public Sector Research Establishment (PSRE) sustainability surveys – Every 2 years
    • Centre Activity and Resource Plan (CARP) – Annual
    • Scorecard – Quarterly
  • 14.  
  • 15. Questions?