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