The Secretariat is the executive arm of the Council.
The Secretariat organises workshops, Working Parties and meetings of the Council, and assists with drafting the Council’s publications. The senior staff brief the Council on the progress of its work programme, provide advice on future topics and represent the Council at professional and public meetings.
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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 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
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.
Since returning from maternity leave in 2013, Catherine has managed a programme of activities that aims to introduce more flexibility to the Council’s work and to ensure it engages with wide and diverse audiences. Catherine joined the Council in 2005 as its Communications Manager and prior to this was Science Policy Advisor at the Institute of Biology.
PA to the Director and Secretariat Administrator
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.
Laura joined us in June 2014 to support the administration work of the Council and the secretariat. Prior to this Laura worked in financial administration and completed a degree in Business Administration at the University of Kent.
Communications Manager (maternity cover)
Seil joined the Secretariat in October 2014 as maternity cover for Sarah Walker-Robson, to work on external affairs activities with the aim of raising awareness and promoting discussion of the Council’s work. Prior to this Seil was the Press Officer for the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London, worked at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and completed an MSc in Science Communication at Imperial College London.
Ranveig Svenning Berg
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.
Senior Research Officer
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
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.
Dr Anna Wilkinson
Anna joined the Secretariat in 2014. She 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.