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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 is the Director of Durham University’s Research Office. Her Office provides wide-ranging services in support of the research ambitions of the University, working in partnership with other service units, Senior Officers and the academic Faculties. Wendy, an English graduate who trained as an accountant, joined Durham University in 1995 and has been part of the research support service since it was established in 2000. Wendy represents research administration in national networks including the RCUK Research Organisation Consultation Group and the Research Directors of the Russell Group. As a full time working mother, Wendy maintains her professional development as a member of the Association for University Research and Industry Links (AURIL), Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) and Association of University Administrators.

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

Hilary Lappin-Scott is Professor of Microbiology and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Strategic Development; Research & Innovation at Swansea University. She has played significant leadership and governance roles at three universities 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.

Hilary is the Lead 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 universities to publicise and celebrate the contribution of women in science.

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.

Mrs Janet Purnell

Janet has had a varied career working as a maths teacher and in the computer industry in both London and Paris before becoming a civil servant. During her 12 years in the civil service she was concerned with the Common Agricultural Policy and made frequent trips to Brussels for negotiations on different aspects of the CAP, including agricultural exchange rates, trade policy on bananas and subsidy payments to farmers. After the creation of Defra in 2001, she co-ordinated the new department’s input into the 2002 Spending Review. As a working mother, Janet has insight into the challenges facing returners. Her experience of governance and financial oversight brings valuable expertise to the Trust’s work.  

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

Graham Davies

Professor Graham Davies FREng, FTSE, FLSW

Pia Ostergaard

Dr Pia Ostergaard

Susan Kay

Ms Susan Kay