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Professor Teresa Anderson

Teresa Anderson MBE, is Director of the University of Manchester’s Discovery Centre at Jodrell Bank. An experienced leader and manager with a strong background in physics and electrical engineering, Teresa has also spent many years working in science policy and engagement with organisations such as NESTA and Practical Action. She has a deep personal commitment to supporting a wide range of people in realising their potential in science and engineering and, in addition to her role at Jodrell Bank, is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees of the UK Association of Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC). In 2013 Teresa was awarded an MBE for services to Astrophysics, and in 2014 she received the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal for Public Engagement with Physics.

Ms Sue Angulatta

Sue is the Director, Research and Innovation Support, at the University of Surrey and reports to the Deputy Vice Chancellor R&I working closely with the Associate Deans for Research.  She joined Surrey in January 2008 as Head of Research Administration Support, before taking up her current role in 2011.  Prior to joining the University, Sue held a Research Finance Manager post at Royal Holloway, University of London having joined the higher education sector in 2003.  Prior to this, she spent 16 years working in Social Housing as a Finance Manager.  A Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, she also has a Masters in Business Administration.  Sue is also a member of the RCUK Research Organisation Consultation Group.

Ms Wendy Harle

Wendy Harle has successfully developed her career within higher education professional management. Until recently Director of Durham University's Research Office, Wendy has worked with and led the University's research support service since it was established on 2000. She had represented research administration in national networks including the RCUK Research Organisation Consultation Group and the Association for University Research and Industry Links (AURIL), Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) and Association of University Administrators. An English graduate who trained as an accountant, Wendy has an MA in Human Resource Management. Wendy pursues her keen interest in personal and Professional development and in 2016 became an ILM accredited Mentor/Coach.

Mrs Margaret Jack

Margaret has a wide range of experience in the education, private and charity worlds.  She held a number of senior roles in the higher education sector, including Director of Quality Assurance at BTEC, Assistant Director (Programmes) at the Polytechnics Funding Council, Director of the RSA’s Campaign for Learning and Deputy Registrar at South Bank Polytechnic. Most recently, she was Chief Executive of Guildford Chamber of Commerce and Business Development Manager at Hart Brown Solicitors.

Margaret is currently a member of the Council of Royal Holloway University of London and was Chair of Governors at Godalming 6th Form College and a Trustee of Guildford Institute.  She is currently a trustee of two Surrey charities and a volunteer fundraiser for the Wey&Arun Canal Trust.

Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott

Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott graduated from the University of Warwick (BSc and PhD) and then held Post-doctoral Fellowships in the the UK and Canada before her appointment as Lecturer in Microbiology at the University of Exeter in 1990. She was awarded a Personal Chair in Microbiology in 1999. During her 20 years at the University of Exeter, Hilary was Head of Biosciences prior to becoming Dean of the Postgraduate Faculty. Professor Lappin-Scott was also the co-author of  'Talented Women for a Successful Wales', a report for the Chief Scientific Officer of the Welsh Government, published earlier this year. 

Hilary is currently the lead for the agenda for Equality and Diversity for Swansea University, including on Athena SWAN and supporting the career development of women in STEM subjects. She has also helped form similar programmes in other UK univesrities to publicise and celebrate the contribution of women in science. She has played significant leadership and governance roles at three univesrities and for three scientific learned societies, and has held the Presidency of both the Society for General Microbiology and the International Society for Microbial Ecology. 

Professor Rebecca Lingwood

Rebecca Lingwood graduated from the University of Cambridge and, after completing her PhD, was awarded a Maudslay Research Fellowship and then a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship in Cambridge. She then held a number of posts in Oxford, before returning to Cambridge in 2009 to become Director of the Institute of Continuing Education and an elected member of the University Council. In September 2015, Rebecca became Vice-Principal (Student Experience, Teaching & Learning) and Professor of Fluid Dynamics at Queen Mary University of London. She researches laminar-turbulent transition of complex fluid flows, and holds a guest professorship at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden, where her research group is based. Rebecca is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE) and of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS).

Professor Stephen Newstead

Stephen Newstead is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Plymouth, where he worked for nearly 40 years in a variety of roles, ranging from Lecturer to Acting Vice-Chancellor. His principal research interest is in the cognitive psychology of thinking, reasoning and problem solving, but he also has a long-standing interest in the psychology of teaching, learning and assessment in higher education. He is a former President of the British Psychological Society and has served on a number of national committees, including the Psychology Panel of the Research Assessment Exercise (now the Research Excellence Framework). Now retired, he still lives near Plymouth and enjoys walking, gardening, golf and playing with his grandchildren.

Professor Edith Sim

Edith was appointed  Head  of Pharmacology at Oxford  after 17 years on contracts as a Wellcome Senior Lecturer. She subsequently took a wider role across Oxford University  for  training and career support for Early Career Researchers.  In 2011 she became Dean of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing at Kingston University. She has chaired and served on national and international  panels including Athena SWAN  and the MRC’s Career and Training Group. She was a founding scientist of Summit plc,  and is a Fellow of the British Toxicology Society and the British Pharmacological Society,  the latter awarding her the JR Vane Medal  in 2012 for research in drug metabolism. She  mentors early career researchers including   former  students and is a Senior  Research Fellow  at St Peter’s College, Oxford and  an Emeritus Professor at Kingston and Oxford. She  has two adult children and is about to be a grandmother.

Professor Edward Smith

Ted Smith is a Professor of Tribology in the Jost Institute for Tribo-technology at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).  He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and was formerly the Dean of Engineering at Coventry University and the Head of Computing Services at UCLan.   Ted started his career with Rolls Royce, and then became a Plant Engineer with ICI.  After completing a PhD at Leeds University, he became a lecturer at Preston Polytechnic.  There, he established a Tribology Research Group that focused on automotive tribology and the measurement and characterisation of surface texture.  His current research involves the study of piston-ring friction and film thickness in engines, the reduction of emissions from marine engines, and the prediction of flash temperatures of rubbing surfaces.

Dr Carole Thomas

Carole joined the John Innes Centre as a PhD student in 1982 where she has since worked as a Research Assistant, a Postdoctoral Scientist and currently as Head of the JIC Directorate working closely with the Director. Her research career focused on investigating the nature of the molecular interaction between viruses and their plant hosts and plant cell-to-cell communication.

Carole leads the ‘Women in Science’ agenda at JIC and played an instrumental role in JIC being the first Research Institute to be awarded a Silver Athena SWAN award. She is part of a dual career family and a full time working mother so has experienced the issues and difficulties that arise when trying to juggle a career and look after young children. Carole is also the Senior Equality and Diversity Champion at JIC.

Professor Christopher Whitehead

Christopher Whitehead is Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at the University of Manchester.   He was Head of the School of Chemistry from 2009-2014 during which time the School was awarded the Athena SWAN Silver Award and has worked extensively with Early Career Researchers helping them to develop their careers.  A graduate of Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities, Christopher held Fellowships from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 at Cambridge and from the Lindemann Trust at Columbia in new York.  He joined Manchester University in 1977 where his research involves the use of plasma discharges for the treatment of pollutants and the conversion of waste gases to fuels.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Chartered Chemist.

Professor Lesley Yellowlees

Lesley Yellowlees CBE, is currently Vice Principal and Head of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.  She has worked with the Royal Society of Chemistry for many years and became their first female President in July 2012.

Lesley is a champion for the promotion of women in science and in 2011 was honoured by the IUPAC as a Distinguished Woman in Chemistry for her scientific contributions to the global chemistry community.  Her research interests include inorganic electrochemistry and spectroelectrochemistry, epr spectroscopy, solar energy and CO2 conversion.  She was awarded CBE in 2014 for services to chemistry and admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2012.  Lesley also has honorary degrees from both Heriot-Watt and the Open Universities.

Amy MacLaren

Amy MacLaren is Director of Development & Communications at the British Science Association (BSA), where her remit covers fundraising, membership, marketing, PR, digital and social media.   She joined the BSA in June 2014 from award-winning communications consultancy Four Communications, where she led the Campaigning Division of Four Colman Getty, whose clients included organisations and individuals across a range of sectors including: management, leadership, employment and skills; science; charities; and women’s and diversity issues.  

Amy has also previously worked in education, the arts, as well as in science communication - as a press officer at Parkinson’s UK. She is a Community Governor for a special school in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, Whitefield Schools and Centre.

Graham Davies

Professor Graham Davies FREng, FTSE, FLSW is Emeritus Professor and Former Dean of Engineering at the University of New South Wales. He is also Chief Technologist at Oxford Scientific Consulting Ltd, and a Committee Member of Ser Cymru, advising the Chief Scientist for Wales. Until April 2008 he was the Sir James Timmins Chance Professor of Engineering at the University of Birmingham and executive head of the School of Engineering. His research interests include electronic materials, nanotechnology, MEMs and micro manufacturing of different materials combinations. Prior to his time in academia, Graham enjoyed a distinguished career at British Telcom, raising to the position of Director for Corporate Research.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Physics and IoM3. He has published over 170 papers, contributed to 7 books and has 5 patents. He has played a major part in the UK Materials Foresight initiative. In 2008 he was awarded the Platinum Medal from the Institute of Materials for outstanding contributions to Materials Science and Nanotechnology. Regularly named as one of the top 100 most influential scientists and engineers in Australia, he is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

Pia Ostergaard

Dr Pia Ostergaard is Senior Lecturer in Human Genetics in the Molecular and Clinical Sciences Research Institute at St George’s, University of London. She returned to research in 2005 with a Daphne Jackson Trust Fellowship, having taken a career break to raise her children. Following her Fellowship, Pia continued her research into the genetics of primary lymphoedema, on a part-time basis in collaboration with St George’s Hospital, London whilst also working for the Daphne Jackson Trust as Senior Fellowship Advisor. In 2013 Pia was appointed as a full-time lecturer at St George’s. In 2012, she was awarded Red’s magazine Hot Women Power Part-Timer Award.

Susan Kay

Ms Susan Kay is a strategic planning and governance specialist and spent the first half of her career working in private sector finance, strategic marketing and corporate transformation roles. An energetic advocate of the transformational impact of education and lifelong learning, she has since served on the executive board of a number of UK universities and as Executive Director of the Engineering Professors’ Council.  Currently CEO of the Dunhill Medical Trust, which provides grant funding to support research into the causes and treatments of disease and disability relating to ageing and innovation in the care of older people, her non-executive roles have included terms as an independent member of the Corporation Board of East Surrey College and as a Development Board member of the Shakespeare North Trust. With professional qualifications in banking and marketing, she has a Master’s degree in science policy and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.