Our team

Dr Helen Pain CSci CChem (interim Chair of the Board)

Helen is Deputy Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry. She joined the Royal Society of Chemistry after completing a degree and PhD in Chemistry at Exeter University. She has several years’ experience working at senior board level, being appointed to Director of Membership in 2011, Executive Director of Membership, Operations and Organisational Design in 2012, before becoming Deputy CEO in 2015. Her core strength is in building effective relationships with members and Trustees.

She has many years of experience working with Boards and Committees and ensuring the RSC’s Charter objects are delivered.

She has a strong belief in organisations remaining focused on their core purpose and in ensuring effective strategies and business models are in place in order that organisations remain relevant and sustainable. She is a champion for inclusion and diversity and committed to establishing efficient and effective governance practices.

Brian Wagenbach, Member Liaison Manager

Portrait photo of Brian, our Membership Development OfficerBrian 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 2021 Email: Brian

Hannah Stead, Registration and Licensing Executive

Hannah provides support to the registration and licensing team around areas such as license reviews and CPD to ensure that standards are maintained.

Telephone: 020 7440 3315 Email: Hannah

Hayley McNeil, Registration Officer

Hayley leads on our Common Application Process (CAP).  Hayley supports applicants that are applying for professional registration and also trains our assessors.

Telephone: 020 3434 2014  Email: Hayley

Jane Banks, Business Development Manager

Portrait photo of JaneJane leads on our work with employers to promote professional recognition of their scientific and technical staff.

Telephone: 07715 677909 Email: Jane

Kelly Vere, Higher Education Engagement Manager

Kelly (Science Council Business and Engagement Manager)
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 also leads the Employability & Placements Project which links student work placements with the national standards of Registered Scientist (RSci).

Telephone: 020 3434 2023  Email: Kelly

Laura Harrex , Applicant Support Mentor

Laura is a Biotechnology graduate and has worked as both a Technical Manager and Technician for several years in the pharmaceutical industry and more recently, education. Laura is passionate about the role technicians play in the workplace. In her early career, Laura was involved in assessing against the NVQ Standards for technicians in industry and is now increasingly aware of the technician apprenticeship framework as well as registers such as RSciTech.

Email: Regency Rae

Oli O'Hanlon, Governance Manager

Oliver (Science Council Policy & Public Affairs Manager)Oli has responsibility for ensuring the organisation has a well-functioning governance structure, including Board, Council and subcommittee meetings. He is currently studying to become a Chartered Secretary through the ICSA: The Governance Institute.

Telephone: 020 3434 2025  Email: Oli

Regency Rae, Executive Assistant

Portrait photo of Science Council team member RegencyRegency assists the Chief Executive Officer and the Business Development Manager in their areas of work. Please contact Regency if you would like to arrange a meeting with either Belinda or Jane.

Telephone: 020 3434 2015 Email: Regency

Richard Prescod, Office Manager

Portrait of Science Council team member RichardRichard ensures the smooth running of the Science Council offices and administrative systems on a day-to-day basis.

Telephone: 020 3434 2020 Email: Richard

Rob Butler, Applicant Support Mentor

Rob Butler 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 Chartered Science Teacher through the Association of Science Education, gaining his professional recognition in 2011. Rob is passionate about science at all levels of society.

Email: Regency Rae

Stephen Franey , Applicant Support Mentor

Stephen's main areas of scientific  expertise are Histology, Microscopy, & Immuohistochemisty, 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 Institute of Science and technology (MIScT) and a Registered Scientist through the Institute of Science and Technology.

Email: Regency Rae

Tanya Vina, Registration and Licensing Manager

Profile photo of Science Council team member TanyaTanya leads on matters of professionalism and registration; setting, maintaining and improving standards for individual scientists, and the licensing and accreditation systems for professional bodies.

Telephone: 020 3434 2022 Email: Tanya