After completing a BSc in Medical Biochemistry at Birmingham University, Lucy worked in hospital laboratories and university departments across the West Midlands. In 2003 she completed a PhD entitled: "Renal Dopamine and Salt-Sensitive Hypertension" and continued her research career, completing several postdoc projects. During this time, Lucy also taught molecular biology practical classes to final year BSc students and spent her spare time writing articles for various publications. Through this experience she decided that her passion for science came from talking about it rather than doing it. She was offered the honorary Editorship of Microbiologist magazine and when her postdoc contract ended, she took the position of Communications Officer for Med-Vet-Net, the EU FP6 project on zoonotic disease. Lucy began working as Communications Officer for SfAM in June 2006. Since then, she has developed SfAMs Communications remit and in June 2009 she was promoted to Communications Manager. In 2010 Lucy was awarded a MBA with distinction, which she completed part-time at Aston University. After a period of maternity leave, Lucy returned to the Society as Deputy CEO, and was then appointed as Chief Executive in November 2014. Contact Lucy,+44(0)1234 326661.
Head of Membership, Marketing and Communications and Editor of Microbiologist
Paul initially trained as a journalist and has over ten years’ experience in marketing and communications working for commercial companies such as Harrods and the Freeplay wind-up radio. His passion for science comms took him back to University and he graduated with a BSc First Class (Hons) in Chemistry where he studied the inhibition of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase in malaria parasites as part of his final year dissertation. He later gained a distinction in his Master’s degree at King’s College London in Analytical Toxicology where he worked on the synthesis and analytical profiling of novel monoamine neurotransmitter reuptake inhibitors.
Paul completed a PhD at the University of Warwick entitled “Biocatalytic Valorisation of Lignin via Genetic or Chemical Intervention of Bacterial Aromatic Degradation Pathways” and has published a number of scientific papers and articles on his speciality of human and bacterial enzymology.
Paul is responsible for the development and implementation of marketing, communications and membership strategies for the Society.
Public Engagement Manager
Clare’s background is in Natural Sciences which she studied at the University of Reading. Her degree included modules in science communication as well as microbiology and virology. Before working at SfAM Clare was a graduate trainee in communications and member services at the Royal Society of Chemistry, a very varied role including organizing a stand at a science festival and attending and helping co-ordinate a conference in Brazil! Clare joined SfAM as Communications Officer in June 2009 and was thrown straight in to the deep end attending the Summer Conference in Manchester. Contact Clare +44(0)1234 326661.
Finance and Grants Co-ordinator
Julie worked for the NHS for 18 years in various secretarial and office management positions before joining the Society in 1999. Julie has responsibility for ensuring that membership services are delivered effectively to all SfAM members, the administration of grants and the day-to-day financial housekeeping for the Society. Contact Julie +44(0)1234 326661.
Julie moved from Basingstoke to Bedford with her husband in November 2010, and joined the SfAM permanently at the beginning of January 2011 after temping throughout December. Previous to this Julie worked in the finance sector for a French bank called BNP Paribas. Julie thinks SfAM is a great place to work and is totally different from her previous job. Her primary role is to efficiently provide essential membership administration and support to all the Society's Members, ensuring that they receive a first-class and excellent level of customer service. Julie also provides marketing support at SfAM and is the Corporate Member contact for Microbiologist magazine. Contact Julie +44(0)1234 326661.
Sally graduated from Royal Holloway University of London in 1998 with a degree in History and Politics, then worked in project management for a couple of years before branching out on her own as a freelance events organizer. Sally started her own event management business in 2005 and specializes in working with universities, membership societies and not-for-profit organizations. Some highlights of her career include working with SfAM since 2006 organizing the annual programme of events; managing a high profile meeting of international UNESCO representatives in London; project managing NESTA's Crucible programme for three years; and working with the University of Cambridge on several scientific conferences. Sally enjoys working with SfAM very much and finds the events to be both fun and interesting. Sally thrives on the day-to-day challenges of juggling a varied and exciting workload that event management provides. Contact Sally to discuss any of the upcoming SfAM conferences on +44 (0)1933 382191.
Nancy has been working in science communication full time since early 2006 and is a Member and Accredited Practitioner of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. She started her career as a microbiology technician in a dairy factory before studying Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry at the University of Oxford. Although she enjoyed research, Nancy liked talking about it more than she liked doing it and went on to the University of Bath to study for an MSc in Science, Culture and Communication. Nancy kept a part-time interest in research at Bath, looking at epigenetic mechanisms in plants, but decided to become a full time press officer at the Science Media Centre after completing her MSc. Staying in science but developing broader interests in public engagement and public relations, Nancy has also worked at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and was Head of Communications at the Institute for Animal Health, where she oversaw a major rebrand, including changing the name to The Pirbright Institute. Nancy previously held the position of Communications Manager and Editor of Microbiologist and now works as a Communications Specialist for SfAM. Contact Nancy on +44(0)117 911 8983.