About the Steering Group

The contributions of members of the Steering Group are based on their relevant expertise or experience. They are not required to represent the views of their organisations but will consult with their organisations and members when appropriate.

Membership of the Steering Group

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Ottoline Leyser (Chair) is Deputy Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, and Professor of Plant Development and Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. She is a Member of the Council of the Royal Society and in 2009 was awarded a CBE for services to plant science.

Laura Bellingan is Director of Science Policy at the Society of Biology. She was a member of the Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings (the ‘Finch Group’) and the Working Group of the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research. She has a research background in cell biology.

Elizabeth Bohm is a Senior Adviser in the Science Policy Centre at the Royal Society. She leads on the Society’s work on research misconduct.

James Hutchinson (Steering Group member until June 2014)
Senior Programme Manager, Life Sciences, Royal Society of Chemistry

Mindy Dulai (Steering Group member from June 2014) is Senior Programme Manager, Physical Sciences at the Royal Society of Chemistry. Her role involves working with chemists across the physical and environmental chemistry communities.

Ann Gallagher is a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, and Professor of Ethics and Care at the International Care Ethics Observatory, University of Surrey. She has written a number of books, journal and media articles and teaching materials on healthcare ethics and is Editor of the journal Nursing Ethics.

Peter Mills is an Assistant Director at the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. He worked on its inquiry on emerging biotechnologies and is currently managing the Council’s Working Party on biological and health data. Before joining the Secretariat, he worked at the Department of Health, where he led the Human Genetics Commission secretariat.

Peter Main was Director of Education and Science at the Institute of Physics until May 2014 (now Education Advisor). Before joining the Institute, he was Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nottingham, where his research interests included the quantum properties of semiconductor devices.

Jonathan Montgomery is Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, and Professor of Health Care Law at the University College London. He chairs the Advisory Committee of Clinical Excellence Awards and is the author of a leading textbook on Health Care Law and numerous articles. In June 2012 he was appointed as Chair of the Health Research Authority.

Rachel Quinn has been Director of Policy at the Academy of Medical Sciences since 2009. She oversees all the Academy’s medical science policy activities, including recent projects on stratified medicine, public health and the regulation and governance of health research.

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