Tracey Brown has been the director of Sense about Science since 2002. Under her leadership, the charity has launched a number of important initiatives including AllTrials, a global campaign for the publication of all clinical trials, the popular Ask for Evidence campaign engaging the public in requesting evidence for claims, and the Libel Reform Campaign which successfully challenged a century-old law in England and Wales.
Tracey is a regular public speaker and discussion chair and writes frequently about scientific evidence, policy and the public in national media. In 2010 The Times named Tracey as one of the ten most influential figures in science policy in Britain and in 2014 she was recognised by the Science Council for her work on evidence-based policy making. Her recent book, In the Interests of Safety, co-authored with science journalist Michael Hanlon, is an exploration of safety and security rules that have no basis in evidence, and a manifesto for changing them.
Tracey is chair of the board of trustees of Jurassica, an ambitious project to build a prehistoric visitor attraction on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. She is a trustee of the Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science, and sits on the advisory board of OpenTrials. Tracey was a commissioner on the UK Drug Policy Commission from 2009 to 2012, and a trustee of Centre of the Cell until December 2013.