We are governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of academics and experts of national and international standing and experience with a wide range of academic, professional, management, fundraising and communications skills. We also are honoured to be able to call on some amazing individuals to act as our patrons to promote our work.
Professor Teresa Anderson MBE, Chair of Trustees
Teresa Anderson 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.
Sue Angulatta is the Director, Research and Enterprise, at the University of Sussex and reports to the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research. She joined Sussex in January 2019 having spent 11 years at the University of Surrey and 5 years at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Prior to joining the higher education sector, Sue 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 Treasurer and Board Member of ARMA (Association of Research Managers and Administrators).
Dr Sabine Best
Sabine Best is a biochemist by background who made the transition from the bench into an alternative research career following several postdoctoral positions. She has 15 years of experience in managing research funding at both governmental and charitable research organisations such as the BBSRC and the Royal Society.
She is currently Head of Research at Marie Curie, the largest charitable funder of palliative and end of life care research in the UK. She oversees Marie Curie’s portfolio of research activities from the identification of research priorities to disseminating results and measuring impact. Sabine sits on Advisory Groups of the National Cancer Research Institute and the James Lind Alliance.
Professor Graham Davies FREng FTSE FLSW
Graham Davies 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.
Dr Sophie Duport
Dr Sophie Duport studied Physiology and Neurosciences at the University de Savoie in Chambery, and at the Universite de Lyon. Subsequent to completing a PhD in Neurosciences at the Centre Medical Universitaire, Geneva, she relocated to the UK to take up a research position at UCL. In 2004, she moved into clinical research and joined the Research Department at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, Putney, where she is now Associate Director of Research.
Sophie is the founder and co-facilitator of the Advanced Huntington’s Disease working group of the European Huntington‘s Disease Network. She is an elected Fellow of the Society of Biology, and has been an expert evaluator on a number of European grant schemes.
Wendy Harle (Hopkins) has 25 years of experience in Higher Education, working in finance and audit, and leading professional support services across research, development and training in Durham, Newcastle and Leeds. Combining her regional focus with networks nationally and beyond, she has represented universities in groups such as the RCUK Research Organisation Consultation Group, the Research Directors of the Russell Group, the Association of University Administrators and the UK Research and Integrity Office.
An English Language graduate, Wendy is a part qualified accountant and gained her Masters in Human Resource Development and Management studying part time whilst working full time. Passionate about lifelong learning, she is a member of the Institute of Career Development and recently became an accredited Workplace Coach and Mentor via the Institute of Learning and Management (ILM).
Margaret Jack 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, a trustee of two Surrey charities and a volunteer fundraiser for the Wey&Arun Canal Trust. She has previously been Chair of Governors at Godalming 6th Form College and a Trustee of Guildford Institute.
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.
Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott OBE
Hilary Lappin-Scott is an Honorary Distinguished Professor at Cardiff University and CEO of Lappin-Scott Consulting Ltd. Until September 2019 she was the Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor and a member of the Senior Management team at Swansea University, responsible for Research & Innovation and Strategic Development. She has also been University lead for the Equality and Diversity agenda for Athena SWAN and has ensured that every STEM subject taught at the University has at least a Bronze award, alongside an Institutional Silver award.
Professor Lappin-Scott was elected President of the Federation of European Microbiological Society (FEMS) in 2019, having held the Presidencies of both the Society for General Microbiology [now Microbiology Society] (2009-2012), and the International Society for Microbial Ecology (2006-2010). She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, the Royal Society of Biology, the Linnean Society, the Learned Society of Wales and the European Academy of Microbiology. Professor Lappin-Scott is a Non-Executive Director of the Alacrity Foundation, FEMS and until recently the Equality Challenge Unit.
Her recent work on promoting girls in science and retaining women in STEM careers includes a TEDx talk. She advises universities and research institutes globally on best practice in increasing inclusivity and supporting women in STEM. Professor Lappin-Scott is co-author of the Welsh Government Report “Talented Women for a Successful Wales”. She was awarded both the WISE Hero Award 2016 and the Womenspire ‘STEM Pioneer’ Award 2017 for her work in supporting women in STEM.
Professor Lappin-Scott is the Chair of the REF2021 Panel for Earth Systems and Environmental Science. She was awarded an OBE in 2018 for her contributions to Microbiology and for advancing women in STEM subjects.
Professor Rebecca Lingwood FREng
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 subsquently held a number of posts at Oxford, before returning to Cambridge in 2009 to become Director of the Institute of Continuing Education. In September 2015, Rebecca became Vice-Principal (Student Experience, Teaching & Learning) and Professor of Fluid Dynamics at Queen Mary University of London. In August 2018, she joined Brunel University London as Provost and Professor of Fluid Dynamics.
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 Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS), and Principal Fellow of the HEA.
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.
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.
Dr Pia Ostergaard
Pia Ostergaard, Reader in Human Genetics and the Head of Genetics Research Centre, is based at 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. In 2018, she was presented with a Lymphatic Education & Research Network and Gordon Research Conferences Career Achievement award as recognition for her significant contribution to lymphatic research.
Professor Edith Sim
Edith Sim 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.
Edith mentors early career researchers including former students and is an Emeritus Fellow at St Peter’s College, Oxford and an Emeritus Professor at Kingston and Oxford. She has two adult children and is currently thoroughly enjoying being a grandmother.
Dr Carole Thomas
Carole Thomas 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 Dame Athene Donald FRS
Athene Donald carried out her first and second degrees at the University of Cambridge in physics, before spending four years at Cornell University in the USA as a postdoc. Thereafter she returned to Cambridge, where she has been ever since, becoming a Professor in 1998 and an FRS in 1999. Her research field is soft matter and biological physics, with a particular emphasis on different types of microscopy. She currently sits on the Scientific Council of the European Research Council. From 2010-14 she was the University’s first Gender Equality Champion and she writes regularly (on her own blog and in mainstream media) about gender issues. In 2010 she was appointed a DBE for services to Physics and since 2014 she has been Master of Churchill College.
Vivienne Parry OBE
A scientist by training, Vivienne Parry hosts medical programmes for BBC Radio 4, writes widely on health, presents films, facilitates many high level conferences and debates and trains young researchers. She also has a part-time role as head of engagement at Genomics England which is delivering the 100,000 Genomes Project. She is a board member of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) which is responsible for the UK’s £6 billion research and innovation strategy.
Maggie Philbin OBE
Maggie Philbin has worked in radio and television for over 30 years on a wide range of science, medical and technology programmes. She is President of the Institute of Engineering Designers and co-founder and CEO of TeenTech CIC, an award winning organisation helping young people, their parents and teachers understand more about the real opportunities in Science, Technology and Engineering. In 2016 Maggie was named as the Most Influential Woman in UKIT by Computer Weekly Magazine and was also named as 2016 Digital Leader of the Year for her work with TeenTech.