Our Team

Tracey Brown OBE

Tracey Brown has been the director of Sense about Science since 2002. Under her leadership, the charity has turned the case for sound science and evidence into popular campaigns to urge scientific thinking among the public and the people who answer to them. It has launched important initiatives to expand and protect honest discussions of... More

Rebecca Asher

Deputy director
Rebecca joined Sense about Science as deputy director in May 2017, having previously worked in the media. She was a producer in television news and current affairs, the deputy editor of Woman’s Hour and an executive producer at BBC Radio 4, and ran a range of editorial standards projects at the BBC Trust. Rebecca has written two books on... More

Emily Jesper-Mir

Director of partnerships
Emily heads up our public engagement programme helping scientists to communicate difficult research findings simply and accurately. She also leads our peer review programme, which includes chairing our peer review workshops for early career researchers. In addition, Emily oversees our many partnerships, takes care of financial management, and generally keeps the place running. Emily came to Sense about Science... More

Errin Riley

Research Manager
Errin joined Sense about Science in February 2019 as research and policy coordinator. After her successful coordination of the creation of ‘Data science: a guide for society’, Errin was appointed Research Manager in December 2019. She works across projects related to quality in data science, including the international roll out of the guide; the development... More

Ilaina Khairulzaman

Head of international public engagement, training and marketing
Ilaina joined the team in October 2017. Ilaina has a research masters in immunology from Trinity College Dublin and is trained as a bioinformatician. After a year of clicking away on her computer looking at dolphin genes, she realised she much preferred spreading the word of science than she did doing the science. Ilaina works... More

Sophie Lane

Senior communications officer
Sophie joined Sense about Science in June 2019 as the Senior Communications Officer. She is responsible for communications throughout the organisation, running social media channels, keeping the website in shape, and leading on our global media strategy for the John Maddox Prize. She also keeps a close eye on our communications calendar to ensure our... More

Dr Hamid Khan

Senior Partnerships coordinator
Hamid joined Sense about Science in January 2019 as the public engagement coordinator and is now senior partnerships coordinator. He heads the Voice of Young Science (VoYS) network in the UK, our unique, Europe-wide network of early career researchers (ECRs). Hamid coordinates institutional partnerships with the VoYS programme, developing new relationships and helping partner organisations... More

Alex Clegg

Community coordinator
As community coordinator Alex is the point of contact for the Ask for Evidence ambassadors and communities across the UK who are interested in the use of science and evidence on issues that matter to them. Often this means getting out and having conversations with people about evidence, how it impacts their lives and importantly... More

Shamma Rattan Booth

Shamma has an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Oxford Brookes. She is currently part of the Oxford Doctoral training programme, where she is completing a PhD in Evolutionary Developmental Biology. Shamma is joining Sense about Science as an intern for the next three months. She is interested in science policy and science communication, and believes through informative science... More

Joshua Gascoyne

Joshua is studying for a PhD in Microbiology at the Synthetic Biology Research Centre, University of Nottingham. He joined the team in February 2020 for an 8-week placement to feed his passion for the use of evidence in policy making. He is supporting the Voice of the Young Scientist campaign, specifically working to encourage other... More

Jens Kuppers

Jens is a 2nd year undergraduate student in Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam. He is currently interning at Sense about Science in Dublin as part of his university's internship abroad programme. With his research in scientific communication he hopes to create clear channels through which science can be understood by anyone across the... More



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