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The board of Trustees is the major decision-making body of the Science Media Centre and meets at least three times a year. Trustees are distinguished in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, journalism, communications, finance, law and policy.

Jonathan Baker (Chair)
Professor of Journalism, University of Essex, (ex-Head of Newsgathering, BBC)

Adrian Bull
External Relations Director, National Nuclear Laboratory

Karen Chadwick (Treasurer)
Head of Commercial Finance, Wellcome Trust

Julian Hitchcock
Partner, Marriott Harrison LLP

Dr Helen Jamison
Head of Media Relations, Wellcome Trust

Prof. Ottoline Leyser
Director & Professor of Plant Development, Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Prof. Sir Mike Rawlins
Former Chair of NICE

Jo Revill
Chief Executive, British Society for Immunology

Fran Unsworth
Director World Service Group, BBC

Prof. Sir Simon Wessely
Professor of Psychological Medicine, Kings College London


Advisory Committee

The Trustees are guided by a voluntary group of advisors from the fields of science, engineering, medicine, journalism and communications, who provide expertise and advice, and also meet three times a year.

Prof. Wendy Barclay
Chair in Influenza Virology, Imperial College London

Steve Bates
Chief Executive, BioIndustry Association

Dr Helen Bedford
Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Epidemiology, UCL Institute of Child Health

Prof. Dorothy Bishop
Professor Developmental Neuropsychology, University of Oxford

Dariel Burdass
Chief Executive of The Physiological Society

Prof. Chris Chambers
Senior Research Fellow in Psychology, Cardiff University

Lord Paul Drayson
Entrepreneur and former Science Minister

James Gallagher
Health Editor, BBC News

Jeremy Laurance
Former Health Editor, The Independent and the i

Prof. Robin Lovell-Badge
Group Leader, The Francis Crick Institute

Lawrence McGinty
Former Science Editor, ITV News

Fay Schlesinger
Home Editor, The Times

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