Secretariat

The Secretariat is the executive arm of the Council.

The Secretariat provides project management support, assists with drafting and researching the Council’s publications. Staff organise workshops, meetings, events, and represent the Council at professional and public meetings. The team also manage the financial, administrative, and external relations functions of the Council. Senior staff brief the Council on the progress of its work programme and provide advice on future topics.

Hugh Whittall

Director

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Hugh oversees all areas of the Council’s work and contributes to its long-term strategy. Before taking the role of Director in February 2007, he held senior positions at the Department of Health, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, and the European Commission.

Katharine Wright

Assistant Director

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Katharine is part of the senior management team, organises Working Parties and other activities, and represents the Council to the public and professional bodies. Before joining the Secretariat in May 2007, she worked on health law and ethics in the NHS, the Department of Health and the House of Commons.

Dr Peter Mills

Assistant Director

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Pete is part of the senior management team, organises Working Parties and other activities, and represents the Council to the public and professional bodies. Before joining the Secretariat in March 2011, he worked on scientific development and bioethics at the Department of Health, where he led the Human Genetics Commission secretariat, and on assisted reproduction and embryo research policy for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

Catherine Joynson

Assistant Director

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Catherine is part of the senior management team and is responsible for running Council projects and inquiries. Catherine joined the Council in 2005 as its Communications Manager and prior to this was Science Policy Advisor at the Institute of Biology. Catherine is on twitter as @CathJoynson

Carol Perkins

PA to the Director and Secretariat Administrator

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Carol supports the Director in planning the Council’s work programme and is responsible for the administration of the Council’s day-to-day operations. Prior to joining the secretariat in April 2005, she held roles in bioethics at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Department of Health.

Busayo Oladapo

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Busayo joined the secretariat in May 2016. She supports the administration of the Council’s day-to-day operations. Prior to this, she worked at the Great Ormond Street Hospital and has also completed a BSc in Business Management.

Kate Harvey

Senior Research Officer

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Kate undertakes research to support the Council’s work and contributes to the drafting of reports. She also monitors developments in areas of interest to the Council. Prior to joining the Secretariat, Kate completed an MA in Medical Ethics and Law at King’s College London.

Dr Bettina Schmietow

Research Officer

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Bettina undertakes research to support the Council’s work and contributes to the drafting of reports. She also monitors developments in areas of interest to the Council. Prior to joining the Secretariat, she completed a PhD on the ownership of human tissue and the governance of biobanks.

Ranveig Svenning Berg

Communications Officer

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Ranveig supports external affairs activities with the aim of raising awareness and promoting discussion of the Council’s work. Prior to this she managed communications at the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) and completed a BA in Development Studies and International Relations at London Metropolitan University.

Sarah Walker-Robson

Communications Manager

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Sarah joined the Secretariat in November 2008 to work on external affairs activities with the aim of raising awareness and promoting discussion of the Council’s work. Prior to this she worked in development at the Royal Institution of Great Britain and completed a Masters Degree in Science, Culture and Communication at the University of Bath.

 Dr Anna Wilkinson

Programme Officer

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Anna works on the organisation’s new programme of activities aiming to engage wider and more diverse audiences in the Council’s work. Before joining the Secretariat Anna worked on medical ethics at the General Medical Council and prior to that has worked in research and policy roles in the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, CARE International and the think tank Demos.

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