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 holds 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 Rubina Ahmed

Rubina has a background in scientific research funding, strategy and management. She is currently the Director of Research at the Stroke Association and has worked in both the public and charity sector for a number of years, including with the Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK.

She is passionate about engaging patients and the public in scientific research activities, with a specific interest in raising awareness of health inequalities and the importance of addressing these in healthcare and scientific settings.

She holds a PhD in Immunology and an MSc in Management and was previously the Chair of a south London primary school Parent Teacher Association charity.  

Dr Joe de Sousa

Joe has an extensive track record in scientific and leadership roles across pharmaceutical R&D and at the interface of industry, academia & the public sector including pre-clinical research, clinical development and regulatory approval across a wide range of disease areas.

Joe leads Melhor Consulting and is a Council Member at the EPSRC (Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council), a Strategic Advisor at Bionow, a member of the BioCity Expert Network and an Innovate UK Assessor. He has previously been a member of the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Network and the EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Strategy Team.

Joe completed a DPhil at the University of Oxford and is a Chartered Chemist, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at University of Manchester.

Raj Jethwa

Raj was appointed Chief Executive of UCEA (the Universities and Colleges Employers Association) in February 2020, where he leads the association’s work representing the UK higher education sector in all employment matters and in the collective negotiations on pay and related matters.

Raj was previously the Director of Policy at the BMA (British Medical Association) where he led its professional activities, policy development and collective bargaining functions. Raj has also worked as Head of Research for the Police Federation of England and Wales and as a policy advisor at the TUC (Trades Union Congress). He is a graduate of the London School of Economics, where he was a member of the Court of Governors. Raj is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, a Visiting Fellow at Kingston University and he sits on the Board of the Spirit of 2012, the legacy funder of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Kate Mingay

Kate is a corporate finance specialist with a background in large scale infrastructure projects and an experienced Non-Executive Director. She currently has senior advisor positions with two economic and finance advisory businesses and is an independent Non- Executive Director of Wessex Water and Mutual Energy. Until recently she was a Hitachi Shareholder Director of Ansaldo STS SpA, the Italian rail engineering business.

Kate started her career at UBS and Goldman Sachs before building a professional corporate finance capability at the Department for Transport and later became a founding member of HM Treasury’s Major Projects Review Group. In addition to her commercial governance experience, she also has broad-based understanding of the public/private sector interface and managing wider stakeholder interests.

Kafui Tay

Kafui is a risk management consultant operating in the financial services sector and providing advice on risk strategy, culture and risk management practice. He began his professional career as a scientist, researching a variety of topics in material science and nanotechnology. Following completion of his doctoral studies at Imperial College London he took up research positions at the Université Paris XI and the University of California, Berkeley.

With over 20 years of experience volunteering with youth charities, Kafui is passionate about working with organisations that provide support to vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people. He currently serves as an independent committee member on board sub-committees for YMCA England & Wales, BBC Children in Need and the National Council of Voluntary Organisations. 

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

The following people sit on Council but are not trustees:

President: Professor the Lord Ara Darzi of Denham

Past President: Professor Alice Roberts

President-Elect: tbc