UK National Commission for UNESCO appoints new Chair and Vice-Chair

We are pleased to announce that Dr Beth Taylor and Professor Colin McInnes have been appointed Chair and Vice-Chair of the United Kingdom National Commission (UKNC) for UNESCO, respectively. The appointments were announced by the Secretary of State for International Development, Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, on 12 December 2016.

Beth Taylor has served as a Non-Executive Director of the UKNC, with a focus on Natural Science, since 2011. She has led for the UKNC on issues such as the formal recognition of Global Geoparks as a new UNESCO programme, the evaluation of UNESCO’s science priorities, and the annual L’Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowships in the UK and Ireland.

In 2015-16, Beth chaired the UK National Committee for the International Year of Light. Previously, she was Director of Communications and International Relations at the Institute of Physics, responsible for the Institute’s relationships with stakeholders in the UK and internationally, including intiatives to build capacity in the developing world.

Colin McInnes has served as a Non-Executive Director of the UKNC with special responsibility for the Social and Human Sciences since 2014. He led the UKNC policy advice summary to UK government An evaluation of the World Social Science Report: Challenges and potential, available to read on the UKNC website here.

Colin currently holds the UNESCO Chair in HIV/AIDS Health Security and Education in Africa at Aberystwyth University’s Department of International Politics, where he is also Director of the Centre for Health and International Relations.

Dr Taylor and Professor McInnes will take up their new appointments with immediate effect.