Our team

Helen Gordon, Chief Executive

Helen Science Council staff portraitHelen 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.


Email: Helen

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: 020 3434 2029 / 07715 677909 Email: Jane

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: Jane Banks

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: Jane Banks

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: Jane Banks

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

Briony Latter, Marketing and Communications Officer

Briony LatterBriony is responsible for implementing our marketing and communications strategy and oversees the website, social media channels, newsletter, marketing material and more.

Telephone: 020 3434 2010  Email: Briony

Hayley McNeil, Senior Registration Officer

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


Telephone: 020 3434 2016 Email: Hayley

Richard Prescod, Corporate Services Manager

Portrait of Science Council team member Richard

Richard ensures overall support in establishing operational and administrative systems that maximise the efficiency and capacity of the organisation.

Telephone: 020 3434 2020 Email: Richard

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

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 2024 Email: Tanya

Brian Wagenbach, Member Engagement Manager

Brian Wagenbach black and white portraitBrian 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