Below is a list of the current members of the British Science Association's Council, Unless otherwise stated, the below people are all trustees of the BSA.

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Lord David Willetts

David served as the Member of Parliament for Havant from 1992 to March 2015. He has worked at HM Treasury, the Number 10 Policy Unit, and served as Paymaster General in the last Conservative Government.  

He has also previously served as the Shadow Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities & Skills, Shadow Secretary of State for Work & Pensions and for Trade & Industry. From May 2010 to July 2014 David served as Minister for Universities and Science. He was appointed as a Privy Councillor in June 2010.

He is Executive Chairman of the Resolution Foundation and a Visiting Professor at King’s College London.

Deputy Chair

Matt Locke

Matt founded Storythings in 2011 as a creative studio helping clients tell stories in an age of digital attention. Recent clients include Google Creative Labs, Channel 4, Pulse Films, Penguin, Faber & Faber, BBC, Wellcome Trust, WWF and Dazed & Confused.

Before starting Storythings, Matt worked in digital media for over 15 years, including 7 years as Head of Innovation at BBC New Media, where he led many ground-breaking open data projects, including Backstage, Innovation Labs, and the BBC/Yahoo Hackday. He then went to Channel 4 in 1997 to lead their Education department, commissioning cross platform projects for 14-19 year olds. Before leaving Channel 4 to start Storythings, Matt was Head of Multiplatform, running the team that developed projects including Million Pound Drop, Big Brother, Skins and Misfits.

Matt is on the board of BAFTA’s Learning and Events Committee and Children’s Committee, and is Chair of the board of Photoworks.


Kalli Bowyer

Kalli is a finance executive with a background in international energy and agricultural commodities businesses. She is a Chartered Accountant (New Zealand), and has previously worked with Royal Dutch Shell for over 20 years, holding a variety of finance roles in Upstream, Downstream and Commodities Trading businesses based in Europe and Australasia. Kalli then joined ED&F Man as Head of Strategy for Sugar and Finance Director for Agri Industrials.

Vice-President for Engagement

Steven Nuttall

Stephen Nuttall has worked in the media and technology sectors for 30 years, most recently being the Senior Director leading the EMEA region at Google/YouTube and prior to that as Sky's Group Commercial Director.

He has a degree in Physics and Applied Physics with Electronics from the University of Nottingham and an MBA from the Scuola di Direzione Aziendale at Bocconi University in Milan.

Vice-President for Cultural Development

Deborah Bull

Deborah joined King's College London in 2012 following a long and successful career in the arts, first as performer and, more recently, as creative leader and cultural commentator. She is also Vice-President for Cultural Development for the BSA.

She danced with The Royal Ballet from 1981 until 2001, and joined the Royal Opera House Executive in 2001, becoming Creative Director in 2008 and taking the lead on the organisation’s Olympic programming.

Over the last fifteen years, her work for television and radio includes the award winning The Dancer's Body and Travels with my Tutu (BBC2) and, for BBC Radio 3 and 4, programmes on topics as diverse as dance, the law and ageing. Following her appearance at the Oxford Union in 1996 and a subsequent invitation to deliver the Annual Arts Council Lecture the same year, she has written and spoken on the arts across a wide range of media and in 1998 she was awarded a CBE for her contribution to the arts.

She has served on Arts Council England, as a Governor of the BBC, as a judge for the 2010 Man Booker Prize and is currently a member of the governing body of the Arts. As Assistant Principal (London), Deborah Bull provides leadership across King's College London to extend and enrich its collaborations with the cultural sector; and leads on development of the university's external engagement within London, maximising the potential of King's location at the heart of the city.

Vice-President for Education

Professor Louise Archer

Louise is Professor of Sociology of Education at Kings College London and leads the ASPIRES project, a longitudinal ESRC on children’s science aspirations and career choice.

She is interested in identities and inequalities of ‘race’, gender and social class within compulsory and post-compulsory education.

Her most recent book is on Urban Youth and Education.

Appointed members

Dr Emily Dawson

Emily is a lecturer in science communication at University College, London.  Her work focuses on how people engage with and learn about science, with an emphasis on equity and social justice.

Her research explores how to disrupt rather than reproduce social disadvantages in relation to science education, engagement and communication. 

Over the past 10 years she has carried out research on science learning and engagement in a variety of settings including science centres, museums, scientific societies and schools.

Lana Hampicke

Lana is Director of Market Risk Strategy and CRO Innovation at Credit Suisse. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, she was a senior manager at IBM and a financial advisor at Ernst & Young. She holds Masters degrees in economics and pure mathematics from the University of Manchester, and a BA in Economics from the American University of Beirut. She is currently studying in the Technology & Engineering faculty at Stanford University. She is a member of the Institute of Directors’ Young Directors Forum (central London branch) and a guest speaker at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School.

Dr Steven Hill

Steven is Head of Research Policy at the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Prior to joining HEFCE Steven was Head of the Strategy Unit at Research Councils UK, covering a range of research policy issues, and had several roles in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, working on evidence-based policy making.

Earlier in his career Steven was a university lecturer at the University of Oxford where his research focused on plant physiology and biotechnology.

Elected Members

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.

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.

The following people sit on Council but are not trustees:

President: Professor Jim Al-Khalili

Past President: Professor Dame Uta Frith

President-Elect: To be announced in due course...