Advisory Board Members
Kim Shillinglaw - Chair of the Discovery Decade project
Tilly Blyth - Head of Collections and Principal Curator, Science Museum
Stephen Breslin - Chief Executive, Glasgow Science Centre
Tim Brundle - Director of Research and Impact, Ulster University
Tabitha Goldstaub - Entrepreneur and Chair of AI Council
Ravi Gurumurthy - Chief Executive, Nesta
Michelle Harrison - Global CEO, Kantar Public
Liz Hutchinson - Director of Communications, British Academy
Alistair Jarvis - Pro Vice-Chancellor of Partnerships and Governance, University of London
Alok Jha - Science Correspondent, The Economist
Dan Metcalfe - Director of Marketing and Communications, Harwell Campus
Kerry O’Callaghan - Corporate Brand & Marketing Consultant
Luke Tryl - UK Director, More in Common
Naomi Weir - Programme Director, Innovation, CBI
Ed Whiting - Director of Strategy, Wellcome Trust
Chair of the Discovery Decade project
Kim has 30 years’ experience in the Media industry, running commercial companies for EndemolShine, as Controller of BBC2 and BBC4, and as Head of Commissioning for Science and Natural History. Alongside creating multi-award winning content from Blue Planet II to Horrible Histories, Kim was the architect of the BBC’s Year of Science and Make it Digital campaigns. A long-standing champion for research and innovation, Kim has been a trustee at NESTA and EngineeringUK, sits on the board of the Raspberry Pi foundation, and is a Non-Exec Director at Natural Environment Research Council and Natural England.
Head of Collections and Principal Curator, Science Museum
Tilly leads the curatorial, research and library and archive teams that have developed award winning galleries and exhibitions on subjects as diverse as Information Age, Mathematics, Robots, Cosmonauts: the Russian Space story and Illuminating India: 500 years of science and technology. She has a MSc on Technical Innovation and Industrial Strategy and a PhD on the Sociology of new technologies. She co-presented the landmark BBC 20-part radio series The Art of Innovation, including a book and an exhibition looking at the relationship between art and science over the past 250 years. She is a member of the British Academy of Film, Television and the Arts (BAFTA) and a trustee of the Bletchley Park Trust and the Raspberry Pi Foundation, which enables people all over the world to express themselves creatively using digital technology.
Chief Executive, Glasgow Science Centre
Stephen has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Glasgow Science Centre since 2012. Stephen’s background is in engineering and he holds a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of Strathclyde.
Director of Research and Impact, Ulster University
Tim directs Ulster’s research strategy, governance and administration, and guides its commercial output through knowledge transfer and intellectual property commercialisation. He also holds the position of CEO of Innovation Ulster Ltd, Ulster University’s award-winning venturing and investment company. He is an experienced and skilled member of the Board of both young companies and mature public Institutions, including serving as a Director of many of Ulster’s spin out companies, Invest NI and the Knowledge Transfer Network, and is currently Chair of Young Enterprise NI and trustee of Blick Shared Studios.
Entrepreneur and Chair of AI Council
Tabitha is the co-founder of CogX, a festival and online platform. Alongside CogX, Tabitha is the chair of the UK government's AI Council and a member of the DCMS Digital Economy Council and on the TechUK board. A serial entrepreneur, Tabitha was the co-founder of video distribution company Rightster (IPO 2011.) Tabitha is the Author of How To Talk To Robots - A Girlsguide to a World Dominated by AI. She's also an advisor to The Stack, TeensInAI, Raspberry Pi and The Alan Turing Institute.
Chief Executive, Nesta
Ravi is the Chief Executive of Nesta, the UK's innovation agency for social good. Before joining in December 2019, Ravi previously co-founded the Airbel Impact Lab at the International Rescue Committee where he was responsible for designing, testing and scaling products and services for people affected by crisis in over 40 countries. Ravi has held several roles in central and local government, including Director of Strategy at the Department of Energy and Climate Change and strategic advisor to the Foreign Secretary. Ravi is also a Governor of the Health Foundation, and on the board of the Environmental Defense Fund, Europe.
Global CEO, Kantar Public
Michelle works with governments, multi-lateral governmental bodies and international development organisations in all aspects of public policy, political advisory and public affairs. She is recognised as an innovator in the use of evidence to inform decision making, and in approaches to programme evaluation. She is an expert in applied behavioural approaches and public communications and is the founder of the WPP Executive Education Programmes in Public Communications and Behaviour Change at the University of Oxford and the National University of Singapore.
Director of Communications, British Academy
Liz Hutchinson is Director of Communications and Marketing for the British Academy, the UK's national academy for the humanities and social sciences. She was previously Director of Communications and Public Affairs at Goldsmiths, University of London and has held communications roles in organisations including the Electoral Commission, the General Social Care Council and The Learning Trust. She is a trustee of charities Music for Youth and Bridging Arts and a member of the British Library Advisory Board.
Pro Vice-Chancellor of Partnerships and Governance, University of London
Alistair leads the representative body for the UK’s 140 universities. His primary focus is on influencing policy, political engagement, relationships with members and organisational leadership. He has been at UUK since 2013, previously as Deputy Chief Executive and Director of External Relations. Before joining UUK, he was a Director at the University of Birmingham and has previously held communications, campaigning and political relations roles for national organisations in both the public and private sectors. In June 2022 Alistair will leave Universities UK to take up a new role as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Partnerships and Governance) at the University of London.
Science Correspondent, The Economist
Alok is a science correspondent for The Economist where he covers everything from climate change to particle physics and coronavirus to AI. He presents the weekly "Babbage" podcast, and writes The Economist's "Simply Science" newsletter. Before that, he worked as a science correspondent for ITN and the Guardian, covering daily news and current affairs for more than a decade. He has also written and presented multiple TV and radio series for the BBC and podcasts for the Guardian and others. In 2018, he spent a year as a Wellcome fellow, researching storytelling formats for complex topics. He is also the author of three popular science books, including The Water Book.
Director of Marketing and Communications, Harwell Campus
Dan leads marketing and communications at Harwell Science and Innovation Campus. His team focuses on promoting the work of the campus to a wide range of audiences and supporting the Harwellian community to connect and grow. Dan joined from the Wellcome Trust where he led their global campaigns, and has held a range of senior communications, behavioural science, marketing and external affairs roles at organisations including the Department of Health and Social Care, the Cabinet Office and Cancer Research UK.
Corporate Brand & Marketing Consultant
Kerry has held increasingly senior roles in the UK, EU, US for pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare brands, most notably in the complex behaviour change sectors of smoking and weight control. For the past 8 years, she was GSK’s Vice President of Corporate Reputation and Brand, with responsibility for driving corporate reputation and employee engagement. She led hugely successful partnerships including drug testing at the London 2012 Olympics, GSK McLaren Formula 1, Global Charitable Partnerships with Save the Children and Comic Relief and GSK’s STEM strategy to encourage young people into science. In 2021, Kerry founded Corporate Brand Consulting Ltd, supporting companies who want to transform their corporate brand, from the inside out, to drive sustainable growth.
UK Director, More in Common
Luke joined More in Common from policy and research agency Public First, where he had a particular focus on public opinion research in the Midlands and North of England. Prior to that he worked in the Education sector as Director of the New Schools Network, Director of Strategy at Ofsted, and Special Adviser to the Education Secretary. He also worked as Head of Education at the charity Stonewall, leading their ground-breaking campaign to tackle homophobic bullying in schools.
Programme Director – Innovation, CBI
Naomi leads CBI’s work to make the UK a great place for businesses to innovate - whether that is nurturing a culture of entrepreneurship, adopting tried and tested technologies or making breakthrough developments at the leading edge. She began her career in financial services before moving into policy, working on policy areas from R&D and entrepreneurship to skills, immigration, and diversity in STEM.
Director of Strategy, Wellcome Trust
Ed works with teams across Wellcome to align Welcome’s activity with our mission and ensure Wellcome’s impact is greater than the sum of its parts. This includes working with Wellcome’s senior teams to set and communicate our short, medium, and long-term priorities and put resources and plans in place to deliver them. As part of his role, Ed is also the Executive Leadership Team sponsor of Wellcome’s policy function, strategic partnerships, Transition and Legacy, and EDI work. Before joining Wellcome, Ed worked in several Whitehall departments, including HM Treasury’s financial stability team during the 2008-09 financial crisis. Ed was most recently at 10 Downing Street as Deputy Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, leading on public services.