Professor Brian Ratcliffe 

Brian is Emeritus Professor of Nutrition at the Robert Gordon University of Aberdeen. Brian studied biological sciences for his honours degree and was awarded his PhD for research in nutrition at the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, University of Aberdeen.

He was a nutritional scientist at the National Institute for Research in Dairying and then at the Institute of Food Research. He held the post of Senior Lecturer in Nutrition at the University of North London (now London Metropolitan University) before moving to the University. Brian is an active member of the BSA’s Aberdeen branch.

Dr Suzi Gage 

Suzi Gage is a post-doctoral researcher at Liverpool University, investigating associations between substance use and mental health.

Suzi is aiming to assess whether associations seen between lifestyle behaviours (such as smoking, alcohol use or illicit drug use) and mental health outcomes are causal in nature. Suzi is interested in public engagement, blogs for the Guardian and has her own podcast called, 'Say why to drugs' which  tackles one substance per episode - providing information about what we know - the harms, but also potential benefits of these substances.

Dr Sarah Main

Sarah is Executive Director of the Campaign for Science and Engineering and oversees all aspects of CaSE’s work. She enjoys talking to politicians, scientists and the media about science and acting as a channel of understanding between their different worlds.

Sarah started out as a molecular biologist researching mechanisms of cancer, DNA replication and virology for Cancer Research UK and the Medical Research Council in London and Cambridge.

She moved in to science policy at the Medical Research Council working on research funding boards, overarching investment strategy and research careers.  She gained first-hand experience of spending review preparations whilst on secondment to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), where she wrote a report on the leveraging power of public investment in science and research for the UK economy.

Mr Colin Wilkinson

Colin has been a science communicator for 20 years, with some experience in the steel industry, working across analytical, research and technical areas across the full process. He has worked with the BSA for all of that time in various paid and voluntary roles: Regional Officer, CREST Coordinator, Branch Chair and Section Recorder. He has also worked in higher education running a SETPOINT and then with 27 universities and colleges trying (together) to adjust access and progression routes for vocational learners. He is currently supporting Fusion STEM as the new Regional CREST Support Organisation for North East England, Yorkshire and the Humber, and is a CREST assessor.

Colin also acts as the Local Consumer Advocate who champions water and sewerage service consumers’ interests in North East England, for the Consumer Council for Water, and as such is a member of Northumbrian Water’s Water Forum and Hartlepool Water’s Independent Advisory Panel. He is vice-chair of Arthritis Research UK’s Patient Insight Network, and the patient member of their Expert Working Group on Pain. Colin has particular interests in equal access to services / places for people with disabilities, and finding better ways to harness the power of  multiple disciplines to solve intractable problems.