UKRIO is a company limited by guaranteed with charitable status. It consists of four elements: the Board of Trustees; the Advisory Board; the Register of Advisers; and the Office.
The Board of Trustees directs and oversees the strategy and programme of work of UKRIO. It also has responsibility for matters of organisational administration and the management of the Office staff.
The Advisory Board consists of the Trustees of UKRIO and other Members selected for their expertise in research integrity and related issues. Its function is to oversee the strategy and programme of work of UKRIO. Formal decisions are taken by the Board of Trustees, since the Advisory Board has no formal authority over the charity, but are made after advice from the Advisory Board and reported to them.
Chaired by Professor Sir Ian Kennedy, the Advisory Board includes Members from the research community as well as independent and lay members. Collectively the Advisory Board possesses significant expertise in the promotion of research integrity and in addressing poor practice and misconduct.
The Register of Advisers provides an expert resource which UKRIO draws upon when responding to enquiries on issues of research conduct. The Advisers perform a case advisory role but, recognising their broad experience in research matters, also give feedback on the wider work of UKRIO on request and are given the opportunity to contribute to other elements of the programme of work.
The Office consists of the staff who provide administrative, policy, research and technical support to the Board of Trustees and who carry out the programme of work of the project under the direction of the Board.
The Trustees, Members of the Advisory Board and Members of the Register of Advisers are not employees of UKRIO and give their time to the organisation pro bono. Appropriate insurances have been procured to cover Trustees, Members of the Advisory Board and Members of the Register of Advisers acting on behalf of UKRIO.