CaSE Appoints New Director

The Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE), the UK’s leading independent scientific advocacy group, welcomes Dr Sarah Main as its new Director.

After a very enjoyable ten years of molecular biology research in some of the UK’s most stimulating academic environments, Sarah moved into science policy with the Medical Research Council in 2010.  She worked on strategic policy projects across the MRC science remit and gained first-hand experience of central government policy-making whilst on secondment to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Her role at BIS was to build evidence for the leveraging power of public funding of science and research for the UK economy.  Her report was used in responses to Treasury in preparation for the 2013 Spending Review.

Sarah will take up her new role on 3rd June. She replaces Imran Khan, who has taken on a new position as CEO of the British Science Association.

Sarah said:

“I am very proud to be joining the fantastic CaSE team who are so effective in their advocacy for science and engineering in the UK.  I am looking forward to working with them and am tremendously excited about the opportunity we have to build on their success and get science and engineering on everyone’s agenda in the run up to the next election”.

CaSE Chair Professor Hugh Griffiths said:

“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Sarah Main as the next Director of CaSE, succeeding Imran Khan who has taken the post of Chief Executive of the British Science Association. Sarah comes to us from the Medical Research Council, latterly on secondment to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. She brings deep knowledge of science policy, as well as experience of working as a research scientist’.”


Notes to editors:

1. CaSE is the leading independent pressure group for the science and engineering sectors in the UK. Find out more at

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