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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Arzoo Ahmed

Research Officer (maternity cover)

Arzoo is undertaking research as part of the Council’s active response programme and its horizon scanning work. Prior to joining the Council, Arzoo was director at the Centre for Islam and Medicine and a research associate at the Office for Public Management. Arzoo is completing an MA in philosophy at King’s College London, and graduated with a BA in Physics and an MPhil in Medieval Arabic Thought from the University of Oxford.

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Sophia Griffiths

Communications Officer

Sophia works on communications activities for the Council. Before joining the Council in 2017, she worked in communications roles at science-focused charities. She completed a BSc in biology and an MA in science communications.

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Kate Harvey

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.

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Catherine Joynson

Assistant Director

Catherine is part of the senior management team. She is responsible for leading a range of Council projects including the active response programme (e.g. Bioethics briefing notes) and its horizon scanning work. Catherine speaks on behalf of the Council on a range of ethical issues.

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Richella Logan

Public Affairs Manager

Richella is responsible for the strategic and operational delivery of the Council’s public affairs activities and works closely with communications colleagues with the aim of raising awareness of our work amongst decision makers. Richella joined the Council in 2018, prior to that she worked as Director of Public Affairs for the Country Land and Business Association.

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Pete Mills

Assistant Director

Pete is part of the senior management team. He is responsible for leading Council projects and inquiries and speaking on behalf the Council on a range of ethical issues. Before joining the Council in 2011, he worked on scientific development and bioethics at the Department of Health, where he led the Human Genetics Commission, and on assisted reproduction and embryo research policy for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

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Carol Perkins

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 2005, she held roles in bioethics at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Department of Health.

Jade Rawling

Office Administrator

Jade supports the administration of the Council’s day-to-day operations.

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Ran Svenning Berg

Research Officer (Maternity leave)

Ranveig undertakes research to support the Council’s work and monitors developments in areas of interest to the Council. Prior to this she was the Communications Officer at the Council, and before that 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.

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Sarah Walker-Robson

Communications Manager

Sarah leads our communications activities to raise awareness and promote discussion of our work amongst a range of audiences. Sarah joined the Council in 2008, prior to that she worked in development at the Royal Institution of Great Britain and completed an MSc in Science, Culture and Communication.

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Anna Wilkinson

Programme Officer

Anna undertakes research to support the Council’s work and contributes to the drafting of reports. 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 and the think tank Demos.

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Hugh Whittall

Director

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

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Katharine Wright

Assistant Director

Katharine is part of the senior management team. She is responsible for leading Council projects and inquiries and speaking on behalf the Council on a range of ethical issues. Before joining the Council in 2007, she worked on health law and ethics in the NHS, Department of Health and House of Commons.

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