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

Nita Pillai

Head of Programmes and Operations
Nita has over 10 years experience working for a range of non-profit organisations working across policy and research. Nita was previously at the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) where she oversaw their portfolio of projects focused around training and upskilling anaesthsia providers in low and middle income countries. Prior to that, at the... More

Mariam Kazem-Malaki

Policy and Research Manager
Mariam joined Sense about Science in 2020 as the policy and research manager. After a career working in the UK parliament and local government she developed a passion for engaging people in subjects that might otherwise seem inaccessible to them. Mariam delivers our policy activity, including Evidence Week and Transparency of Evidence. She also leads on our... More

Dr Hamid Khan

Programme Manager - Research Culture and Quality
Hamid joined Sense about Science in January 2019 as the Public Engagement Coordinator and is now Programme Manager for Research Culture and Quality. He leads Sense about Science’s international Quality and Peer Review programme promoting open and honest discussion of research quality among the research and scholarly publishing communities. He advocates positive changes in research... More

Padmini Ravi

Project Manager – Risk Know-How
Padmini is responsible for developing and implementing the Risk Know-How project aimed at supporting communities around the world as they navigate risk information, assessing benefits and trade-offs within their own context. She has previously managed a portfolio of education development programmes in IDP and pastoral communities in East Africa for the Educateurs sans Frontières initiative... More

Hannah Lacey

Senior Communications Officer
Hannah joined Sense about Science in June 2021 as the Senior Communications Officer. She is responsible for communications throughout the organisation, running social media channels, keeping the website in shape, and leading the promotion and media strategy for our events. She also ensures our many campaigns are well co-ordinated and oversees the tone of voice... More

Joshua Gascoyne

Policy Officer
Joshua is the Policy Officer and leads on developing the programme for Sense about Science’s flagship policy event Evidence Week. He advocates for high-quality evidence being at the heart of policymaking. Joshua supports researchers to gain the skills to effectively communicate research to policymakers. He supports the charity’s work scrutinising government policy through Transparency of... More

Sam Shingles

Communities Officer
Sam joined Sense about Science in June 2021. Sam has a masters in Physics with Planetary Science from the University of Leicester. He has spent the last three years creating and delivering out of this world, space themed, science engagement activities. More recently, living in Malta for 6 months to help create a digital science... More

Rebecca Asher

Rebecca has been an associate at Sense about Science since 2020, having previously spent three years as deputy director. Before that she worked in the media, as a producer in television news and current affairs, an executive producer at BBC Radio 4, and leading a range of editorial standards projects at the BBC Trust. Rebecca... More

Emily Jesper-Mir

Emily joined Sense about Science in 2011 as assistant director, and from 2016 headed our public engagement programme helping scientists to communicate difficult research findings simply and accurately. She also led our peer review programme, which included chairing our peer review workshops for early career researchers. In addition, Emily oversaw our many partnerships, took care of financial management, and... More

Leonor Sierra

Leonor joined Sense About Science in 2008, after completing her PhD in Physics at the University of Cambridge, as a Scientific Liaison, and eventually became Science and Policy Manager in 2010 until 2012. Leonor planned the initial stages of international development, managing relationships with partners and key individuals including donors, supporters, and high-profile scientists. She... More

Anne Jordan

Anne is a PhD student working in Molecular Medicine at the University of East Anglia and the Quadram Institute Biosciences as part of the Norwich Research Park; investigating how the modulation of the gut microbiome enhances the efficacy of vaccines. Eager to learn more about how science and evidence communication between the public, policymakers and... More

Liam Barratt

Liam is a White Rose DTP BBSRC-funded PhD student at the University of York, where he also completed his undergraduate degree. Liam's research focuses predominantly on statistical genetics, and how natural genetic diversity can be exploited to improve the stress tolerance of bread wheat. Throughout the pandemic, Liam became interested in how data and statistics... More



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