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

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

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

Senior 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

Joshua Gascoyne

Programmes officer
Joshua joined the team in February 2020 on an 8 week internship, and was appointed programmes officer on it's completion in April 2020. He is enthusiastically supporting the Ask for Evidence campaign and Voice of Young Science programme, working to encourage other early career researchers to discuss the impact of their research on society. He... More


Alice Coppock

Alice is a PhD student studying plant biology at the University of Warwick. She is currently interning at Sense about Science to learn more about the integration and communication of science in real-world decision making. Through her internship at Sense about Science she hopes to gain valuable skills in both the communication and critique of... More

Rudi Sullivan

Rudi is a University of Birmingham PhD researcher working in the field of microbiology. As an intern at Sense about Science, he will gain valuable insight into the importance of scientific transparency and the promotion of evidence-based research. Through his internship he hopes to progress the impact of his own work by acquiring experience in... More



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