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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Gisela Abbam

Gisela is a global thought leader and Executive who is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives. She is also a global advocate for the prioritisation of Health. She currently works as a freelance independent consultant for a number of organisations. Previously, she was the Director of Strategic Partnerships and a Company Officer for Abt Associates, whose mission is to improve the quality of life and economic well-being of people worldwide. Her role entailed developing global strategic partnerships with organisations to implement their vision and advance Abt’s mission.

Gisela was also previously the Global Executive Director for Government Affairs & Policy for GE Healthcare. She developed the global function. She was responsible for the strategic direction of government affairs and policy for GE Healthcare, the $18 billion business unit of GE that provides transformational medical technologies to health customers in over 100 countries.

Gisela has written over 45 white papers on various public policy issues and regularly presents at International conferences.

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) currently working at the London Stock Exchange Group. She 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

Stephen 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 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.

Vice-President for Cultural Development

Catherine Brown

Catherine is a non-executive Director and coach who works with organisations in the private, public and third  sectors to help them devise and implement strategy and achieve their fundamental purposes.  She was previously Chief Executive of the Food Standards Agency, where she worked with scientists, the food industry, ministers and others to put citizens’ interests closer to the heart of the food system.  Catherine is a qualified accountant, and has a particular interest in the role of diversity and inclusion, cross sector collaboration, and resource allocation in addressing knotty challenges.

Appointed members

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

Dr Sarah Main

Dr Sarah Main is the Executive Director of the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) and acts at the interface between public policy and science. She engages with industry, charity and academic leaders across UK science and influences policy development through discussions with Government Ministers, Parliamentary Committees, Chief Scientific Advisors and senior civil servants. She is particularly interested in how the UK's active and thriving science base, combined with political will, can deliver tangibly and broadly for society.

Sarah trained as a molecular biologist and later worked in strategy and funding at the Medical Research Council and in Government. Sarah is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, a Trustee of the Foundation for Science and Technology, and an Honorary Professor at University College London.

Darryl Brissett-Dowe

 Darryl is an award winning Digital Transformation Consultant who has led projects across both the Public and Private sectors, helping clients to define value and transform their organisations through technology.

In 2018, she received a We Are The City- Rising Star award for Consulting, in recognition of being a Future female Leader in the sector.

She spoke at the 2018 IRM European Conference of Business Analysis about the Importance of Diversity in Driving Innovation. Throughout her career she has set up and developed strategies for several Women’s Business Networks and D&I networks. She has a passion for diversity that informs her approach to work and life.

Her Batchelors degree is in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. She has a keen interest in Neuroscience and Psychology and understanding why people make the decisions that they do. 

The following people sit on Council but are not trustees:

President: Professor Alice Roberts

Past President: Professor Jim Al-Khalili

President-Elect: tbc