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Council Members

The Royal Society of Biology Council act as the Trustees of the Society and consist of three Honorary Officers: President, Secretary and Treasurer. Four members are elected from the College of Individual Members and four are elected from the College of Organisational Members. Another four members can be appointed by Council to ensure coverage of the breadth of the life sciences based on skills gap amongst Council. You can find out more by downloading our Trustee role description

Biographies for all current members of the Royal Society of Biology Council

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Member Name
Professor Yvonne Barnett FRSB
Member Role
College of Organisational Members
Member Start Date
2018-05-02
Short Bio
Professor Yvonne Barnett, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science and PhD Biochemistry and Genetics, is Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Nottingham Trent University. Within the University, she has responsibility for leading the development and overseeing the implementation of the research strategy. In addition, she is Executive Sponsor for academic developments in Clinical, Health and Social Care. Yvonne has active research interests in the causes and mechanisms of cancer and ageing, and has authored in excess of 100 peer-reviewed original research papers and attracted several million pounds of funding support for her personal research from a range of funding agencies. Yvonne is a Director of both Medilink East Midlands and of BioCity Group Limited. She chaired the QAA Benchmark Panel for Biomedical Sciences and is currently co-chair of the UUK Open Access Co-ordination Working Group on Open Access Service Standards. She was also an output assessor for the A03 Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy REF2014 Sub-Panel and is currently Deputy chair of the A03 REF 2021 Sub-Panel. Yvonne is founding Director of the University Alliance Doctoral Training Alliance in Applied Biosciences for Health.
Bio Last Updated
2018-04-26 11:40:32
Member Name
Dr Laura Bellingan FRSB
Member Role
Observer
Member Start Date
2020-03-02
Member Name
Professor Sir Ian Boyd FRSB
Member Role
President-Elect
Member Start Date
2021-05-19
Member Name
Dr Paul Brooker CBiol FRSB
Member Role
Honorary Treasurer
Member Start Date
2018-05-02
Short Bio
Paul studied Genetics at the University of East Anglia and it was there he joined the old Institute of Biology as a student member. He then moved on to University College London where, under the supervision of Professor Sam Berry (a former editor of The Biologist) he completed a PhD in genetics, working on cytogenetic variation in British house mice. Following postgraduate work he moved into industry, starting a currently unbroken 32 year stint at Envigo (formerly Huntingdon Life Sciences) one of the world’s largest pre-clinical contract research organisations. Beginning his work in the genetic toxicology group, Paul moved on to other scientific and business positions within the company, including Director of Toxicology, before taking up his current role of President, Contract Research Services, Europe, where he carries responsibility for science, compliance and business at Envigo’s CRS sites in the UK, Germany, Spain, Israel and Switzerland, involving 2200 scientific and technical staff and disciplines ranging from Toxicology, Pharmacology and Pathology to Environmental Sciences and various chemistry, biochemistry and bioanalytical groups. Paul has published papers on a variety of subjects, including evolutionary genetics, genetic toxicology, In vitro alternatives to animal studies and global regulatory requirements. He Chairs the pre-clinical drug safety advisory group of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical industry (ABPI) and was a member of the ABPI skills group which produced reports in 2005 and 2009. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the British Toxicology Society and a member of the Board of the NC3Rs.
Bio Last Updated
2015-11-09 13:28:24
Member Name
Professor Nigel Brown CBiol FRSB
Member Role
College of Individual Members (Chair)
Member Start Date
2016-05-12
Short Bio
Nigel trained in biochemistry (BSc, PhD) at the University of Leeds, and did postdoctoral research in Fred Sanger’s group at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology. He was a lecturer in biochemistry, then Royal Society senior research fellow, at the University of Bristol, visiting fellow in genetics at the University of Melbourne, then professor of microbiology at the University of Birmingham. The majority of his work has been on understanding the response of bacteria to toxic metals. At Birmingham he was head of biological sciences and subsequently head of chemistry. In 2004 he moved to BBSRC as director of science and technology, with responsibility for the grants committees and the scientific strategy. He worked with other Research Councils and Government Departments. In 2008 he moved to the University of Edinburgh as the head of college of science and engineering and subsequently as senior vice-principal. He was chair of the deans of science and engineering in Scotland and a member of the Scottish Science Advisory Council. He is a past President of the Microbiology Society and has chaired Research Council committees and a Research Institute Board. He was elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011 and awarded an OBE for Services to Science in 2014.
Bio Last Updated
2020-06-01 14:47:56
Member Name
Professor Sara Cosby FRSB
Member Role
College of Individual Members
Member Start Date
2021-05-19
Short Bio
Professor Sara Louise Cosby is a graduate (B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Microbiology, Queen’s University Belfast) and a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (speciality Virology). Louise is Head of Virology at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute in Belfast and an honorary/emeritus Professor in the Wellcome Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, in the School of Medicine Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences (MDBMS), Queen’s University Belfast. She previously held the Chair of Microbiology in the School of MDBMS. As Head of Virology at AFBI, she oversees international research programmes and is responsible for virus contingency molecular diagnostics and delivery of this service in Northern Ireland for epizootic animal diseases. Additionally, she oversaw establishment of a diagnostic lab (designated CVET) in Virology at AFBI in 2020, to carry out Covid testing for the Department of Health, Northern Ireland. Louise’s research has focused on elucidation of pathogenic mechanisms of measles virus, the closely related veterinary morbilliviruses and more recently human and bovine respiratory syncytial and corona viruses. Current research programmes cover new approaches for human and veterinary vaccines development, determination of genetic markers of susceptibility to virus infections and investigation of microbiomes/viromes in relation to viral disease. Louise has authored more than 100 peer reviewed research papers and has attracted funding of several million pounds for her personal research from national and international agencies. She has previously been a member of BBSRC, Professional Development, Microbiology Society and Athena Swan application assessment committees. She chaired a Science Foundation Ireland Bioscience panel and was the Northern Ireland representative on the British Society for Immunology Forum. Louise is currently on the Science Advisory Board of the Animal and Plant Health Agency, UK and represents the RSB Northern Ireland branch on the All Party Group on STEM Committee at Stormont.
Bio Last Updated
2021-05-19 16:33:23
Member Name
Ms Jennifer Crosk
Member Role
Minutes
Member Start Date
2011-03-01
Member Name
Dr Mark Downs CSci FRSB
Member Role
Observer
Member Start Date
2009-11-02
Member Name
Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow CBiol FRSB
Member Role
President
Member Start Date
2018-05-02
Short Bio
Julia has distinguished executive experience and service across the biosciences including her achievements as Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Chair of the British Science Association. Julia is renowned for academic achievement in the fields of biophysics and biomolecular science. Having completing her PhD in biophysics at the Open University Research Unit, Julia became Professor of biomolecular science at Birkbeck College before becoming Vice-Master in 1998 and Head of the School of Crystallography. In 2002, Julia was appointed the chief executive of the BBSRC, the non-departmental governing body responsible for both University funding and Institute base across the biosciences. She was the first woman to lead a UK research council. In 2011 she was appointed to both the Science and Technology Facilities Council and Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology. In 2015 Julia was also elected as President of Universities UK, again being the first woman to hold this position. Julia had been responsible for an internationally recognised research group and her research interests included the use of computer simulation techniques to study the structure and function of large molecules. She was awarded a CBE in 2001 and a DBE for her services to Science in June 2010.
Bio Last Updated
2018-05-02 12:43:29
Member Name
Mr Terence Gould
Member Role
Council Member
Member Start Date
2019-05-15
Short Bio
Terry is a legal consultant working at Mills & Reeve and was co-opted to the RSB Council for his legal expertise. As well as having over 35 years’ experience as a company and commercial solicitor within leading UK legal practices, Terry has also advised on governance issues and has served as Trustee on a number of charity boards including the Earlham Institute which focuses on life science research.
Bio Last Updated
2019-05-15 12:11:21
Member Name
Mrs Lucy Hudson MRSB
Member Role
College of Individual Members
Member Start Date
2021-05-19
Short Bio
Lucy is the Technical Manager for the Department of Biology, at the University of York, where she has worked for nearly 30 years. She took a vocational career path, studying day release at Leeds Beckett whilst working across the bioscience research disciplines, from cancer to plants and immunology, as a technician, research assistant and laboratory manager. She currently manages the technical support, services, and facilities of the Biology Department, with more than 1,100 undergraduates, 150 researchers, 70 academics and 300 staff of which 90 are technicians. Throughout her career, Lucy has been an advocate for improving career development opportunities for technicians in higher education. In 2008 with a group of technical colleagues, she began TechYork, a forum for technicians at York to learn and receive support in their career advancement and celebrate achievements. After personally lobbying the Dean of the Science Faculty in 2016, York became a founding signatory of the Technician Commitment (TC) and Lucy is deeply involved in the delivery of the University of York TC Action Plan as delivery group chair, and nationally as a Peer Reviewer for the TC. She is also an external advisor for the National Technician Development Centre (NTDC), working with other higher education institutes, advising on technical job roles, structures, and career pathways. Lucy's aim as a trustee is to reach out and strengthen connections between the RSB and the national technical community.
Bio Last Updated
2021-05-11 13:00:29
Member Name
Professor Patricia Kuwabara FRSB
Member Role
College of Organisational Members
Member Start Date
2018-05-02
Short Bio
Patricia obtained a BA in Chemistry from the Johns Hopkins University and her PhD in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. She pursued post-doctoral training at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) supported by a Fellowship from the American Cancer Society. She then moved to the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (Cambridge) and subsequently to the Sanger Institute (Hinxton) supported by an MRC non-Clinical Senior Fellowship. She is currently Professor of Genomics at the University of Bristol, and is serving as Graduate Dean in the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences. Her research has focused on the genetics, developmental biology and biochemistry of sex determination and signal transduction pathways using the model organism C. elegans. She is currently pursuing studies on the biochemistry of mitochondrial import. Her research has been funded by RCUK and she has also been a member of a transnational EU-funded research consortium. She has co-organised international training courses for postgraduates under the sponsorship of EMBO and the Wellcome Trust, and has co-Chaired international meetings. She has served as an external reviewer of Bioscience programmes across the UK. She has previously served as Honorary Secretary of the Genetics Society. She is a strong supporter of diversity and equality and student voice in education, and believes that it is essential to develop and enhance the skills and training opportunities available to undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Bio Last Updated
2018-04-26 09:57:44
Member Name
Mr Mark Leach AMRSB
Member Role
Observer
Member Start Date
2020-03-02
Member Name
Dr Louise Leong FRSB
Member Role
Trustee - Council appointed
Member Start Date
2021-05-19
Short Bio
Louise is a life science professional specialising in R&D policy, strategy, funding, and public affairs. Her cross-sector career spans academia, private foundation, and industry. Before joining AstraZeneca in October 2014 as Director Science Relations Europe based in Global Corporate Affairs, Louise was Director of R&D Policy and on the Senior Leadership Team at the ABPI (Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry), where she ensured that a leading environment was maintained in the UK for the discovery and development of new innovative medicines, including co-creation of the Life Science Strategy, and initiation of a pan-UK strategy in Stratified Medicine. She has a particular interest at AstraZeneca in a strong science base, open innovation, evolving models of R&D & healthcare, big data and digital, and works with science stakeholders to enhance the policy environment and EU/UK competitiveness. Earlier in her career Louise was Science Director of Stem Cells for Safer Medicines, a public private partnership for which she developed the business case; covered science policy and the funding of biomedical science at the Wellcome Trust; and was responsible for fellowship, research and teaching appointments at Cambridge University. Louise has sat on numerous national and review committees, and served on industry bodies such as the European Federation of the Pharmaceutical Industry and Associations. Louise has collaborated with the RSB and its predecessor the Bioscience Federation for some years, forming a life science alliance on EU public affairs, and serving on the Employer Advisory Group. Louise obtained a PhD in Immunology from Cambridge University, a postgraduate degree in Business Management from the University of London, held a fellowship at Churchill College Cambridge, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Biology.
Bio Last Updated
2017-04-07 09:53:05
Member Name
Professor Hilary MacQueen CSciTeach FRSB
Member Role
Trustee - Council Appointed
Member Start Date
2021-05-19
Short Bio
Hilary obtained a genetics and microbiology BSc from the University of Sheffield and a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Edinburgh. Following post-docs at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and the University of Cambridge, she went to work for The Open University, where, apart from a brief spell at the Wellcome Trust, she has remained for more than 30 years. She has wide experience of distance teaching and learning, and of the issues around widening participation in science education. Whilst at The Open University, she has served as director of teaching, health sciences programme lead, and as a head of department. Her research is in two areas: development of three-dimensional co-culture systems involving adipocytes, and the pedagogy of distance learning. Hilary has worked closely with the Royal Society of Biology as a member of Heads of University Biosciences (HUBS) Executive, which she chaired for several years. She is also a member of the accreditation panels for the Association for Nutrition and for the Science Council’s chartered science teacher scheme, administered by the RSB. She is passionate about gender issues in STEM, and about improving the public understanding of science. Prior to her Council-appointed role she served as an RSB Trustee for four years, having been elected by the College of Individual Members.
Bio Last Updated
2021-05-19 16:38:02
Member Name
Dr Suzy Moody MRSB
Member Role
College of Member Organisations
Member Start Date
2021-05-19
Short Bio
Suzy Clare is an early career academic. She graduated with BSc Hons Microbiology from Cardiff University, followed by a Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing at Bournemouth University. She completed her MSc Infectious Disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine while working as an ICU nurse, before working overseas for two years in a variety of healthcare settings in Africa and Asia. On returning to the UK, she completed her PhD studying Streptomyces bacteria at Swansea University. After two post-doctoral placements studying transcriptomics, metabolomics and proteomics in a variety of fungal and bacterial systems, she is now a Lecturer at Kingston University establishing her research group studying bioremediation of plastics. Suzy Clare is currently a Trustee of the Society for Applied Microbiology, and an active member of their Policy sub-committee.
Bio Last Updated
2021-05-17 12:07:26
Member Name
Dr Jacqui Piner CBiol FRSB
Member Role
College of Individual Members
Member Start Date
2019-05-15
Short Bio
Jacqui is a scientific director at GlaxoSmithKline, a large multinational pharmaceutical company. She has over 30 years’ experience as a toxicologist working in the research and development of new medicines applying innovative science and technology. Currently Jacqui represents nonclinical safety on global, multidisciplinary drug development project teams aiming to provide novel medicines for Parkinson’s Disease, HIV, TB and malaria using small chemical entity or biopharmaceutical platforms. Jacqui hold a PhD in male reproductive toxicology from University of Edinburgh and acts as a subject matter expert. In 2016, Jacqui was elected to the newly formed GSK Fellowship which recognises and motivates researchers to follow a career path based on scientific excellence. Jacqui is keen to maximise engagement and communication across industry, academia and other sectors as she believes there are benefits from collaboration and partnerships (e.g. Innovative Medicines Initiative). Jacqui is committed to sharing her professional experience via a visiting senior lecturer position at King’s College London and teaching on the International Federation of Associations of Pharmaceutical Physicians and Pharmaceutical Medicine Academy. She is a passionate mentor and GSK coach and an ambassador for STEM learning and the Science Industry Partnership, informing the next generation about career possibilities in the pharmaceutical industry. Jacqui promotes the value of equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace including how this maximises innovation and creativity. Jacqui has been involved with the Royal Society of Biology for over 10 years prior to becoming a Trustee in areas covering accreditation, training and industry engagement as well as sitting on a branch committee.
Bio Last Updated
2020-09-24 12:29:58
Member Name
Professor Stefan Przyborski FRSB
Member Role
College of Organisational Members
Member Start Date
2020-05-06
Short Bio
Stefan is a professor of cell technology and has been a principle investigator at Durham University since 2000. His training and background is in animal cell biology with specific interests in anatomy, tissue biology, cell differentiation and stem cells. Stefan holds a PhD in anatomy and physiology and subsequently completed a series of fellowships in the UK and US, before establishing himself as an independent investigator at Durham University developing innovative approaches to producing human tissues in vitro. His research is both basic and applied, and has generated significant impact. Stefan is also an entrepreneur, having successfully developed and fully commercialised market-leading technology to improve cultured cells. He continues to work closely with the private sector through collaborations with industry and consultancy. He is passionate about promoting impact and translation from basic research and support to under/postgraduate bioscience students in enterprise activities. Stefan brings plenty of trusteeship experience and leadership to Council, having contributed significant volunteer time as President of the Anatomical Society, Treasurer of the British Neuroscience Association, as well as being Chair on multiple BBSRC and UKRI funding panels, evaluating scientific quality through the REF panel, and acting as a Board member of the NC3Rs.
Bio Last Updated
2020-05-07 10:02:53
Member Name
Professor Richard Reece CBiol FRSB
Member Role
Honorary Secretary
Member Start Date
2017-05-10
Short Bio
Richard is professor of molecular biology and deputy vice chancellor at the University of Kent. He studied biochemistry at The University of Leeds and did his PhD work, studying the mechanism of action of DNA topoisomerases, at the University of Leicester. Upon completion of his PhD, he spent five years undertaking post-doctoral work at Harvard University, before returning to the UK as a lecturer, senior lecturer and then professor at The University of Manchester. His research interests focus on the molecular mechanisms by which cells are able to alter their patterns of gene expression in response to metabolic changes in the environment. This work has involved a mixture of molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics and structural biology. He moved to the University of Kent in 2020. Richard is deeply committed to raising the standards of teaching quality across higher education and to promoting the public understanding of science. He regularly gives talks, both in the UK and across the world, to school-aged science students and participates in numerous café scientifique-type public science events.
Bio Last Updated
2020-06-03 09:24:46
Member Name
Professor Jonathan Scott CBiol FRSB
Member Role
Observer
Member Start Date
2021-05-07
Short Bio
Jon is Emeritus Professor of Bioscience Education at the University of Leicester where he was Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience. Jon’s research interests have included assessment and feedback, academic integrity and belonging and retention. He also strongly advocates for reward and recognition for teaching. He is a Principal Fellow of AdvanceHE, was the UK Bioscience Teacher of the Year in 2011 and won a National Teaching Fellowship in 2012. He is currently working as a higher education consultant and is a longstanding QAA Reviewer and Accreditor for AdvanceHE.
Bio Last Updated
2021-05-07 10:56:09
Member Name
Mr Paul Trimmer AMRSB
Member Role
Observer
Member Start Date
2020-03-02
Member Name
Emeritus Professor Claire Wathes FRSB
Member Role
Trustee - Council appointed
Member Start Date
2021-05-19
Short Bio
Claire obtained a first degree in biological sciences then studied for a PhD at the University of Nottingham investigating dairy cow fertility. She subsequently worked in the department of anatomy at the University of Bristol and at the Babraham Institute, Cambridge, before moving in 1994 to her current position as professor of veterinary reproduction at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), London. She has published extensively on topics related to the physiology of farm livestock and has also worked closely with the dairy industry in knowledge transfer to promote a better understanding of factors affecting cattle health and longevity. She has a keen interest in postgraduate education, and chaired the RVC research degrees committee for 10 years. Claire has served on a number of Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) committees, including chairing the investigating gene function in farm animals steering committee (2000-2008). Other previous public appointments include membership of the veterinary advisory committee of the Horserace Betting Levy Board (1997-2008) and acting in 2002 as a founding director of the Farm Animal Genetics and Genomics Faraday Partnership, which subsequently became part of the Knowledge Transfer Network. She has also served on committees associated with the Society for Reproduction and Fertility, the Society for Endocrinology and the European Society of Domestic Animal Reproduction. She was awarded the Research Medal of the Royal Agricultural Society of England in 2006 and the Marshall Medal of the Society for Reproduction and Fertility in 2015.
Bio Last Updated
2017-05-09 18:13:43