NHRP Management & Advisory Structures

 

The Natural Heritage Research Partnership (NHRP) has four levels of management:

 

 

1) Strategic Advisory panel   

  • Meets every 6 months
  • Composed of up to 8 senior NIEA & up to 8 senior QUB staff
  • NIEA and QUB each to nominate appropriate senior staff
  • NHRP Manager (Dr. Neil Reid) and NHRP Project Manager (Emma Dorman) also in attendance
  • Alternately chaired & minuted by NIEA & QUB staff

Role  

  • To enable senior staff from both organisations to be updated on the progress of the partnership by NHRP Manager (Dr. Neil Reid) and NHRP Project Manager (Emma Dorman)
  • To provide a forum for senior staff from both organisations to provide strategic input into the direction of NHRP, both in terms of research and policy
  • Approves annual partnership report

 

2) Project Board   

  • Chaired by NIEA Conservation Science Assistant Director (Prof. Howard Platt)
  • Minuted by NIEA staff
  • Meetings must have a quorum of 2 NIEA and 2 QUB staff
  • The NHRP Partnership Manager and Project Manager should always be present
  • Department of Finance and Purchasing (DFP), NIEA and QUB admin and financial staff may also be in attendance
  • Other personnel may be present on occasion, as agreed by the Project Board

Members   

  1. NHRP Partnership Manager (Dr. Neil Reid)
  2. NHRP Project Manager (Emma Dorman)   
  3. NIEA Head of Research & Development (Mark Wright)
  4. NIEA Conservation Science Assistant Director (Prof. Howard Platt)
  5. Quercus Director (Dr. Rob Paxton) or NHRP Senior Ecologist (Dr. Jane Preston)
  6. Head of School of Biological Sciences (Prof. Ian Montgomery) or NHRP Senior Ecologist (Dr. Jane Preston)

Role   

  • Monitoring progress of delivery of objectives and outputs
  • Agree the timetable for delivery of lead-in period
  • Agree the research programme for years 1-4
  • Agree the research clusters
  • Agree the ad-hoc projects
  • Agree the allocation of the annual budget
  • Agree specifications, costs, NIEA client officer & other research partners
  • Agree any changes to the contract conditions, objectives and outputs (subject to contract variation and DFP approval, as necessary)
  • Agree the dissemination strategy
  • Agree procedures manual
  • Agree invoices
  • Agree the job descriptions of NHRP staff and future successful candidates
  • Agree any changes to costs, outputs or timescales of research projects
  • Agree any applications for external funding

 

3) Research Cluster Advisory Groups 

  • Attended by all relevant NIEA Client Officers, NHRP research staff & QUB academics who are involved in projects associated with the cluster
  • Also attended by project partners who can significantly contribute to research projects associated with the cluster in terms of finance, data, equipment, specialist advice and staff or volunteer time
  • Chaired by either the Partnership Manager or Project Manager
  • Meets every 6 months or when required

Role   

  • To enable staff from both organisations to be updated on the progress of other relevant NHRP research projects
  • To provide a forum for staff from both organisations to input into the direction of other NHRP research projects, both in terms of research and policy

 

4) NIEA Client Officers    

  • Responsible for 1 or more NHRP research projects
  • Attend relevant Research Cluster Advisory Group
  • Partnership Manager to arrange at least 2 meetings with each Client Officer, including a start-up meeting and a meeting to discuss the final report
  • Receives quarterly progress reports from Partnership Manager

Role   

  • Input into the development of the project specification
  • Approve quarterly reports
  • Approve the direction and content of the final report