Board of Directors

The CaSE Board of Directors meet several times a year, to discuss issues that pertain to the health of science and engineering in the UK and to set the context in which CaSE’s campaigning activities are carried out.

Prof Ian Haines
James Lawford Davies
Dr Norma Morris (Honorary Treasurer)
Ms Becky Purvis
Dr Emily Shuckburgh
Prof Sandy Steacy
Dr Chris Tyler


Yvonne Baker

Yvonne is Chief Executive of Limited, the organisation which manages the network of Science Learning Centres and the National STEM Centre along with other programmes supporting the teaching of STEM subjects to young people. She is a Chartered Chemical Engineer and has an MBA. Yvonne studied at the University of Birmingham, before working in manufacturing for Unilever, Hoechst and Scott Bader followed by a period in consultancy. She is also a member of the Engineering Council Board.

Prof Colin Blakemore (Deputy Chair):

Colin is a British neurobiologist who is Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. He studied Medical Sciences at Cambridge and completed a PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. After working for 11 years in Cambridge, he moved to Oxford as Waynflete Professor of Physiology. From 2003-2007 he was Chief Executive of the UK Medical Research Council (MRC). He also holds a Professorship at Warwick and is Chairman of the Neuroscience Research Partnership in Singapore. He is a Fellow of The Royal Society Council.

Ms Aisling Burnand MBE:

Aisling was formerly Executive Director of Policy and Public Affairs for Cancer Research UK. Aisling also headed international media relations for Rhône-Poulenc and acted as a director at the Rowland Company. She joined the UK BioIndustry Association (BIA) as its first Director of Public Affairs in 1998, before becoming Deputy Chief Executive in 2001, and Chief Executive in 2003.


Dr Maria Ana Cataluna:

Maria Ana is a Senior Lecturer and a Royal Academy of Engineering/EPSRC Research Fellow at the University of Dundee. She studied Physics Engineering at the Instituto Superior Técnico (Portugal) and received a PhD in Physics from the University of St. Andrews. She has previously served as a Work-Package Leader in an FP7 project, coordinating the activities of nine academic and industrial partners across Europe. She was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Engineering in 2011.

Dr Tom Crick:

Dr Tom Crick is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at Cardiff Metropolitan University, having previously completed his PhD and post-doctoral research at the University of Bath. He sits on the Welsh Government’s Strategy Group for the Digital Wales Research Hub, as well as the National Assembly for Wales Cross-Party Group on Science & Technology. He is the Chair in Wales of Computing At School (CAS) and sits on the strategic advisory board of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. He is also a Trustee of the British Science Association. Tom blogs at Computing: The Science of Nearly Everything or you can find him on Twitter: @DrTomCrick.

Prof Stephen Curry:

Stephen is a Professor of Structural Biology at Imperial College London. Originally a physicist, he migrated to the life sciences during his PhD and postdoctoral stints in France, the UK and the USA. He is a Fellow of the Society of Biology. An active science blogger, Stephen regularly writes on the larger social and political responsibilities of scientists and has covered many other issues both on his blog and in the national press. He is also Vice-chair of Science is Vital.


Dr Richard Davis:

Richard is a senior manager for Lloyds Banking Group where he researches financial models for the Risk Division. Prior to this he developed portfolio optimisation techniques for hedge funds and other investment funds. Richard earned his PhD in Chemistry, an MRes in Mathemetics in the Living Environment and a BSc in Mathematics and Economics. Richard is a Prospective MEP for London with the Liberal Democrats and blogs frequently at You can also find him on Twitter: @DrDickyD.

Prof Hugh Griffiths (Chair):

Hugh holds the THALES/Royal Academy Chair of RF Sensors in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College London. Hugh received an MA degree in Physics from Oxford University in 1975, then spent three years working in industry, before joining UCL. From 2006 to 2008 he was Principal of the Defence Academy of Management and Technology. Hugh is a Fellow of the IET, Fellow of the IEEE, and in 1997 he was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering.


Prof Ian Haines:

Ian recently retired as the Director of the Graduate School at London Metropolitan University. Prior to this he was PVC and Dean of the Faculty of Science, Computing and Engineering. He is now an educational consultant and also the Executive Secretary of the UK Deans of Science. Ian read Chemistry at Imperial College. He has developed research and teaching collaborations in Hong Kong and China, and was awarded an Honorary Professorship of the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.


James Lawford Davies:

James is a Partner at Lawford Davies Denoon (LDD) in London and an Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Biochemical Engineering at UCL. He specialises in the law relating to reproductive and genetic technologies, human tissue and cells, and related research.



Dr Norma Morris (Honorary Treasurer):

Norma is a Research Fellow in Science & Technology Studies Department at University College London, and has led a number of ESRC-funded projects on impacts of government policies on science and health on the research and user communities. She previously worked for the UK Medical Research Council (MRC), serving in a variety of managerial and policy positions, including as an Executive Director responsible for all branches of MRC research management.


Ms Becky Purvis:

Becky is Head of Public Affairs at the Royal Society. Becky studied natural sciences at Durham University and has an MSc in science communication from Imperial College, London. She joined the Science Media Centre in 2003, moving on in 2005 to work on science policy in Westminster for Dr Evan Harris MP, Liberal Democrat science spokesperson and then become Head of Policy at the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC). Becky also manages the APPG on Medical Research and is a committee member of Stempra.


Dr Emily Shuckburgh:

Emily is a climate scientist and leads the Open Oceans research group at the British Antarctic Survey, which is focused on understanding the role of the polar oceans in the global climate system. She is also a fellow of Darwin College, a member of the Faculty of Mathematics, an associate of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research and a member of Faculty for many programmes of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, all at the University of Cambridge.

Prof Sandy Steacy:

Sandy is Professor of Earthquake Physics at the University of Ulster and Director of its Environmental Sciences Research Institute. Her main research interests are on understanding how earthquakes trigger each other and the effect this has on short to medium term earthquake probabilities. Sandy also has extensive experience in speaking with the media, particularly in the context of explaining recent earthquakes, and she has presented her work at various UK science exhibitions.


Dr Chris Tyler:

Dr Chris Tyler is Director of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). He joined POST in 2012 having spent the previous two years as Executive Director of the Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge. Prior to that, Chris was a science adviser to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee and also worked at Sense About Science. Chris has a degree in Anthropology from the University of Durham and a PhD in Biological Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. Because of his position in Parliament, Chris acts in an advisory capacity on the Board and does not participate in any lobbying or campaigns. You can connect to Chris at or Twitter:  @cptyler.

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