The Executive team 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.
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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 Council 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 Council 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. Pete is on twitter as @.
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
PA to the Director and Executive 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 Council in April 2005, she held roles in bioethics at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Department of Health.
Busayo joined the Council 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.
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 Council, 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 Council, she completed a PhD on the ownership of human tissue and the governance of biobanks.
Shaun leads on communications and external affairs activities at the Council. Before joining in January 2017 he worked in senior communications and/or campaigning roles at the Human Tissue Authority, Health Research Authority, UK Biobank and Terrence Higgins Trust; and has also worked at Wellcome and UK Biobank. Shaun has a PhD in DNA Repair from UCL, and is Vice Chair of a Research Ethics Committee.
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.
Dr Anna Wilkinson
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 Council 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.
Sarah Walker-Robson (currently on maternity leave)
Sarah joined the Council 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.