The Executive team provides project management support, assists with drafting and researching the Council’s publications. Staff organise workshops, meetings, events, and represent the Council at professional and public meetings. The team also manage the financial, administrative, and external relations functions of the Council. Senior staff brief the Council on the progress of its work programme and provide advice on future topics.
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Ruth joined the Council as Programme Manager in May 2020. Prior to this, she was a Senior Policy Advisor in Medical Ethics and Human Rights at the British Medical Association. She has a BA in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford and an MA in Medical Ethics and Law from King’s College London.
Claudia undertakes research to support the Council’s work. She also monitors developments in different areas of interest to the Council. Before joining the Council, she has been a research assistant in the field of cognitive neuroscience and completed a BA in Philosophy and an MSc in Clinical, Social and Cognitive Neuroscience.
Molly undertakes research to support the Council’s work. She is currently working on the genome editing in farmed animals project. Prior to joining the Council, Molly worked in both NHS clinical research and recently worked as a research coordinator in the field of breast cancer at Imperial College London. She completed a BSc in Biology and an MSc in Reproductive Science and Women's Health.
Danielle took up the role of Director in June 2021. Danielle joined us from the charity Rethink Mental Illness where she was Associate Director of Campaigns and Policy. She has previously worked as Director of Compassion in Dying and as Senior Policy Manager at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, leading on policy development relating to sperm, egg and embryo donation. She has also been Ethics Advisor to the British Medical Association.
Kate undertakes research to support the Council’s work and contributes to the drafting of reports and briefing papers. She also monitors developments in areas of interest to the Council. Kate is currently on secondment at the University of Edinburgh's Law School, and will return to the Council in April 2021.
Richella is responsible for the strategic and operational delivery of the Council’s public affairs activities and works closely with communications colleagues with the aim of raising awareness of our work amongst decision makers. Richella joined the Council in 2018, prior to that she worked as Director of Public Affairs for the Country Land and Business Association.
Pete is part of the senior management team. He is responsible for leading Council projects and inquiries and speaking on behalf the Council on a range of ethical issues. Before joining the Council in 2011, he worked on scientific development and bioethics at the Department of Health, where he led the Human Genetics Commission, and on assisted reproduction and embryo research policy for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
Ranveig undertakes research to support the Council’s work and monitors developments in areas of interest to the Council. Prior to this she was the Communications Officer at the Council, and before that 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.
Sarah leads our communications activities to raise awareness and promote discussion of our work amongst a range of audiences. Sarah joined the Council in 2008, prior to that she worked in development at the Royal Institution of Great Britain and completed an MSc in Science, Culture and Communication.
Anna undertakes research to support the Council’s work and contributes to the drafting of reports. Before joining the Council 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 and the think tank Demos.
Katharine is part of the senior management team. She is responsible for leading Council projects and inquiries and speaking on behalf the Council on a range of ethical issues. Before joining the Council in 2007, she worked on health law and ethics in the NHS, Department of Health and House of Commons.