Meet the Science Council team! We’re here to help with any questions you might have on professional registration for yourself, your organisation or any other general queries. Please see below for our full staff list for contact details.
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Governance and Operations
Helen Gordon, Chief Executive
Helen is responsible for the overall running of the Science Council and development of the team, to deliver the strategy set by the Board, ensure that members are served and that the Council positively contributes to the wider scientific community. Read more about Helen.
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Oli has responsibility for ensuring the organisation has a well-functioning corporate and governance structure, including Board, Council and subcommittee meetings. He is currently studying to become a Chartered Secretary through The Chartered Governance Institute.
Telephone: 020 3434 2025
Registration and Licensing
Tanya leads on matters of professionalism and registration; setting, maintaining and improving standards for individual scientists, and the licensing and accreditation systems for professional bodies.
Yasmin leads on our Common Application Process (CAP). Yasmin supports applicants that are applying for professional registration.
Mary supports the Registration and Licensing team to maintain and uphold the standards. Mary is also the lead for CPD (Continuous Professional Development).
Telephone: 020 3434 2028
Mike James is a Chartered Scientist with over 35 years’ experience working in analytical chemistry, nuclear innovation and more latterly in the field of the management strategy for special nuclear material. Mike has worked in the field of professional development for approximately twenty years leading an accredited scheme for chemists in the nuclear industry and has supported the Royal Society of Chemistry in their work assessing professional chemists. Recently retired, Mike is continuing to work as a volunteer at a Hawk and Owl Centre and has recently taken on the role of volunteer at a local museum, where he supports the curator on scientific, technical and geological materials. Mike is the Science Council’s assessor trainer and provides support to the Registration and Licensing Team.
Membership, Marketing and Policy
Jane leads on our work with external partners to promote professional recognition of the scientific and technical community, and actively promoting the role and work of the Science Council and its Members.
Telephone: 020 3434 2029 / 07715 677909 Email: Jane
Telephone: 020 3434 2029 / 07544 164356
Brian manages the relationships we have with our member organisations, ensuring that staff and volunteers at these professional bodies have an excellent experience and that the organisation is getting value from Science Council membership. He is also responsible for developing and delivering services that support member organisations to attract and retain their own members.
Telephone: 020 3434 2018
Ryan leads on our policy work including developing policy positions, liaising with members and engaging with other policy stakeholders.
As our online events coordinator, Liz is responsible for developing the preparation, delivery and evaluation of events to ensure excellent customer experience and engagement for Member organisations and registrants.
Technical Pathways and Education
Richard is on secondment from the Royal Society of Chemistry, leading our Gatsby funded project which seeks to enhance technical routes into the sciences by further integrating professional registration standards into apprenticeships, T Levels and higher technical qualifications.
Tom is the Apprenticeship Lead at the Science Council. Tom's role is largely to work with member bodies and the wider community to promote and build the prestige of apprenticeships and wider technical education within the sciences.
Phone: 07541 741889
Varshini is the T-Level/ HTQ lead at the Science Council. Her role is to work with professional bodies and wider stakeholders to build the prestige of technical science education, and, to promote new technical qualifications for our professional registers.
Kelly is on secondment with the Science Council, leading on our work with the Higher Education sector and industry to promote a professional identity for scientists and technicians. She is Director of Technical Strategy at the University of Nottingham and PI for the TALENT Commission for Midlands Innovation.
Telephone: 020 3434 2023
Simon is on part-time secondment to the Science Council from the University of York where he works alongside Kelly Vere on the Technician Commitment, ensuring visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technical skills and roles in higher education.
Clare has worked at the John Innes Centre (JIC) in for nearly 25 years in technical roles. Currently her time is split between managing the Biophysical Analysis Facility which uses several techniques to look at bio-molecular interactions and the Protein Crystallography facility where she has extensive expertise crystallising protein and solving their 3D structures.
In addition to her science role Clare is passionate about Technician visibility and recognition. She is the lead for the Technician Commitment at JIC and was a founding member of the Research Institute Technician Group which now represents 9 research institutes all of which are signatories of the Technician Commitment.
Clare is excited to have a part time secondment to the Science Council to work alongside Kelly Vere and Simon Breeden to support the Technician Commitment in ensuring visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technical staff across Research Institutes and Higher Education.
Applicant Support Mentors
Science Council Applicant Support Mentors facilitate workshops aimed at supporting individuals to understand the process for professional registration and the requirements to completing an application. For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rob was a science teacher for over 20 years, spending the last six as a deputy head before leaving to pursue a career as an independent consultant. Rob is a Field Officer at the Association for Science Education (ASE) and also holds Chartered Science Teacher status through them, gaining his professional registration in 2011. Rob is passionate about science at all levels of society and the importance of being professionally registered.
Laurence Dawkins-Hall is a life sciences graduate who has had career as a technician in higher education in the UK, as well as in Germany and the USA. In 2017, Laurence became a Chartered Scientist (CSci) with the IST and is also a Chartered Biologist (CBiol) with the RSB. Apart from a role as an Applicant Support Mentor with the Science Council, Laurence holds similar voluntary positions with the IST and NTDC, collectively providing registration workshops in person at technician conferences, and nationally via remote access. Laurence’s portfolio of work has led to him being shortlisted for the Papin Prize 2021, and elected Fellowships with the IST (FIScT) and RSB (FRSB).
Stephen's main areas of scientific expertise are Histology, Microscopy, & Immunohistochemistry, having originally trained as a Biomedical Scientist. Other areas of expertise include conference management, network coordination and CPD facilitator. He is passionate about training scientific & technical staff in higher and further education, and related organisations across the UK. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Anatomical Sciences (FIAS); Member of the Royal Society of Biology and a Chartered Scientist through the Royal Society of Biology.