The Executive team members are skilled professionals spanning the fields of bioethics, policy, research, public affairs, horizon scanning and communication.

The main role of the Executive team is to shape and support the work of the Council by providing project management, strategic counsel, publication drafting and dissemination.

Executive staff organise and facilitate 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. See the Staff register of interests (Feb 2024).

Get in touch with us at bioethics@nuffieldbioethics.org.

To speak to a member of our Press team, please call: +44 (0)7436 931958

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Allison Milbrath

Researcher, Bioethics and Policy

Allison joined the NCOB in March 2023 to support our independent review on disagreements in the care of critically ill children. She now works on and is involved in the project development, research and stakeholder engagement of our Reproduction, Parenthood and Families priority area.

Prior to joining us, Allison worked in public health, most recently as a contact tracer/case investigator in the California Bay Area under the US Centres for Disease Control rapid COVID-19 response.

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Carol Perkins

Operations Lead

Carol is responsible for supervising the day-to-day operations of the NCOB, including the management of the Council and supporting the Governing Board, ensuring effective governance processes are in place. She is also responsible for financial and contract management and oversees project managements processes and work planning.

Prior to joining the team in 2005, Carol worked at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Department of Health.

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Claudia Corradi

Researcher

Claudia monitors developments and undertakes research in different areas of interest to support our work, particularly for our Mind and Brain priority area.

Claudia also volunteers as the named coordinator for the Mental health, Neurodiversity, Long-term conditions and Disability group, which supports NCOB colleagues and the centres working alongside us at our London offices.

Before joining us in October 2020, Claudia worked as a research assistant in the field of cognitive neuroscience.

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Cris Cloyd

External Affairs Manager

Cris works to advocate for and raise awareness of the importance of ethical insights and considerations in policymaking. 

Cris has a decade of external affairs experience across public, private, and VCSE sectors in the US and UK. Before joining the NCOB in November 2023, she worked as a Public Affairs Consultant where she managed client accounts to deliver outcomes in their political engagement, profile-raising and external communication, media, public relations, and stakeholder management.

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Danielle Hamm

Director

Danielle took up the role of Director in June 2021. She joined us from the charity Rethink Mental Illness where she was Associate Director of Campaigns and Policy.

Danielle 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.

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Emma Meaburn

Visiting Senior Researcher (Education)

Emma joined us in September 2023, for an 18-month research secondment. She is exploring the ethical implications of advances in neuroscience and genomics for understanding variation in learning, and the potential significance these insights hold for educational practice and policy.

Emma is also a Reader in Human Genetics at Birkbeck, University of London, and a member of the Centre of Educational Neuroscience.

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Jay Stone

Associate Director, External Relations and Foresight

Jay leads our external relations and foresight directorate. She is focused on implementing an effective approach to strategic communications and engagement, as well as evolving our horizon scanning function to feature more expansive foresight methodologies.

Prior to joining NCOB, Jay completed a PhD in cell biology before embarking on a career in communications. She has more than a decade of experience, having worked at Public Health England, NICE and the HFEA. She joined us in August 2023.

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Maili Raven-Adams

Researcher, Bioethics and Policy

Since joining us in May 2023, Maili has led our Environment and Health priority area and Genomics-related work. She also previously supported our independent review on disagreements in the care of critically ill children.

Before joining the team, Maili worked as Policy Analyst at the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health, based within the policy team at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. Here, she developed ethical and regulatory policies to support genomics and international data sharing.

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Molly Gray

Project Manager

Molly joined the NCOB in November 2020. As part of our research and policy team, she oversees specific projects related to our work and is currently managing our current project looking at the public views on assisted dying in England.

Prior to this, Molly was a Researcher, Bioethics and Policy at the NCOB. Before joining the team, she worked in both NHS clinical research and academic research in the field of translational breast cancer at Imperial College London.

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Natalie Michaux

Research and Policy Manager

Natalie joined the NCOB in October 2022 to lead our independent review on disagreements in the care of critically ill children. She currently heads up our Mind and Brain priority area, looking at ethical issues arising from developments in neuroscience and psychiatry.

Before joining us, she worked in health regulation for over a decade, leading research programmes and advising on legislation, professional standards and education policy.

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Orla Anandarajah

Digital Communications Officer

Orla joined the NCOB in October 2022. As part of our communications team, she oversees our digital channels, including our website, social media platforms and monthly newsletter. Her efforts help to raises awareness and promote discussion of our work amongst a range of key audiences.

Prior to joining us, Orla was the PR and Communications Assistant for The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, working across their NHS, Charity, and Private Care PR activities.

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Ran Svenning Berg

Research and Policy Manager

Ranveig joined the NCOB in 2012 and leads the research and policy work in our Reproduction, Parenthood and Families priority area.

She has previously held communications and researcher roles at the NCOB, managing short projects on topics including surrogacy law reform, vaccine uptake and access, medical implants, experimental treatments, and AI in healthcare and research. Before that, Ranveig worked in communications for charities focussed on gun violence prevention and human rights.

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Sarah Walker-Robson

Senior Communications Manager

Sarah leads our communications activities across all workstreams, aiming to build our public profile and raise awareness of our work and our impact amongst our key audiences.

Sarah has worked in a number of communications roles at the NCOB since joining us in 2008. Prior to that, she worked in development at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, gaining experience in charity fundraising, partnerships and communications.

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Sophia McCully

Horizon Scanning and Foresight Manager

Sophia's role is currently focused on evolving our horizon scanning programme. She also works across the team to identify opportunities to effectively engage with our key stakeholders.

Sophia has worked across science policy, public affairs and communications for almost 10 years. This has been at several key Learned Societies, the Academy of Medical Sciences, and the Science Media Centre. She joined us in August 2023.

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