Secretariat

The Secretariat is the executive arm of the Council.

The Secretariat organises workshops, Working Parties and meetings of the Council, and assists with drafting the Council's publications. The senior staff brief the Council on the progress of its work programme, provide advice on future topics and represent the Council at professional and public meetings.

Get in touch with the secretariat at bioethics@nuffieldbioethics.org

Download a register of interests for senior staff.

Hugh Whittall - Director
Katharine Wright - Assistant Director
Dr Peter Mills - Assistant Director
Catherine Joynson - Programme Manager
Carol Perkins - PA to the Director and Secretariat Administrator
Sarah Walker-Robson - Communications Manager
Ranveig Svenning Berg - Communications Officer
Kate Harvey - Research Officer
Dr Bettina Schmietow - Research Officer
Dr Anna Wilkinson - Programme Officer  
 

Hugh Whittall

Director

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Hugh oversees all areas of the Council’s work and contributes to its long-term strategy. Before taking the role of Director in February 2007, he held senior positions at the Department of Health, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, and the European Commission.

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Katharine Wright

Assistant Director

Katharine Wright

Katharine is part of the senior management team, organises Working Parties and other activities, and represents the Council to the public and professional bodies. Before joining the Secretariat in May 2007, she worked on health law and ethics in the NHS, the Department of Health and the House of Commons.

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Dr Peter Mills

Assistant Director

Peter Mills

Pete is part of the senior management team, organises Working Parties and other activities, and represents the Council to the public and professional bodies. Before joining the Secretariat in March 2011, he worked on scientific development and bioethics at the Department of Health, where he led the Human Genetics Commission secretariat, and on assisted reproduction and embryo research policy for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

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Catherine Joynson

Programme Manager

 

 

 

 

Since returning from maternity leave in 2013, Catherine has managed a programme of activities that aims to introduce more flexibility to the Council’s work and to ensure it engages with wide and diverse audiences. Catherine joined the Council in 2005 as its Communications Manager and prior to this was Science Policy Advisor at the Institute of Biology.

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Carol Perkins

PA to the Director and Secretariat Administrator

Carol supports the Director in planning the Council’s work programme and is responsible for the administration of the Council’s day-to-day operations. Prior to joining the secretariat in April 2005, she held roles in bioethics at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Department of Health.

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Sarah Walker-Robson

Communications Manager

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Sarah joined the Secretariat in November 2008 to work on external affairs activities with the aim of raising awareness and promoting discussion of the Council’s work. Prior to this she worked in development at the Royal Institution of Great Britain and completed a Masters Degree in Science, Culture and Communication at the University of Bath.

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Ranveig Svenning Berg

Communications Officer

Ranveig Svenning Berg

Ranveig joined the Secretariat in May 2012 to support external affairs activities with the aim of raising awareness and promoting discussion of the Council’s work. Prior to this she managed communications at the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) and completed a BA in Development Studies and International Relations at London Metropolitan University.

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Kate Harvey

Research Officer

Kate Harvey

Kate undertakes research to support the Council’s work and contributes to the drafting of reports. She also monitors developments in areas of interest to the Council. Prior to joining the Secretariat, Kate completed an MA in Medical Ethics and Law at King’s College London.

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Dr Bettina Schmietow

Research Officer

Bettina undertakes research to support the Council’s work and contributes to the drafting of reports. She also monitors developments in areas of interest to the Council. Prior to joining the Secretariat, she completed a PhD on the ownership of human tissue and the governance of biobanks.

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Dr Anna Wilkinson

Programme Officer

Anna Wilkinson

Anna joined the Secretariat in 2014. She works on the organisation’s new programme of activities aiming to engage wider and more diverse audiences in the Council’s work. Before joining the Secretariat Anna worked on medical ethics at the General Medical Council and prior to that has worked in research and policy roles in the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, CARE International and the think tank Demos.

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