Devolved and International Science Policy - 12th October 2023

At the end of 2023, the Future Leaders discussed international science issues. The speakers were:

09:00 – 09:30

Professor Charlotte Watts, Chief Scientific Adviser, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

09:30 – 10:00

Discussion / Break

10:00 – 10:45

Jamie Arrowsmith, Director, Universities UK International

10:45 – 11:00


11:00 – 11:45

Professor Julie Fitzpatrick, Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland

11:45 – 12:00


12:00 – 12:45

Olivia Harrison, Chief Executive, Learned Society for Wales

12:45 – 13:00

Wrap up, and final discussion


The Houses of Parliament - 6th June 2023

In June, the Foundation Future Leaders visited and toured The Houses of Parliament, discussing science in parliament with POST. The programme was:

10:00 – 10:15

Meet at Houses of Parliament, Cromwell Green Gate entrance

10:15 – 10:50

Proceed through Security and assemble in Westminster Hall

10:50 – 12:05

Tour of Parliament – Group 1

A guided tour of the Houses of Parliament

[Tour group 1 to wait in Westminster Hall for Tour Group 2]

12:00 – 12:15

Tour of Parliament – Group 2

A guided tour of the Houses of Parliament

12:15 – 12:30

Collect Lunch and transfer to Jubilee Room. Set up Jubilee Room etc

12:30 – 13:15


Jubilee Room



13:15 – 14:00

House of Lords Science and Technology Committee and Science in the House of Lords

Presentation and questions with Viscount Stansgate (Stephen Benn), Labour Peer and Member of the Lords Science and Technology Committee

14:00 – 14:45

Science in Parliament - Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST)

Presentation and Questions with Oliver Bennett, Head of POST

14:45 – 15:10

Science and the House of Commons Library

Andrew Dommett, House of Commons Library

15:10 – 15:30


15:30 – 16:15

Work of the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology

Short presentation and questions with Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Conservative MP for Tunbridge Wells and Chair of the House of Commons Select Committee for Science and Technology

16:15 – 16:30

Wrap up / Depart


Science, Innovation and Industry - 11 May 2023

The Foundation Future Leaders discussed science, innovation and industry with speakers from the Department for Business and Trade, Catapult, AstraZeneca and iFAST Diagnostics, during this programme:

09:00 –09:50

Toby King, CEO, iFAST Diagnostics

09:50 – 10:00


10:00 – 10:50

Hitesh Sanganee, Head of Emerging Innovations, AstraZeneca

10:50 – 11:00


11:00 – 11:50

Dr Andy Sellars, Strategic Development Director, Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult

11:50 – 12:00


12:00 – 12:50

Julia Sutcliffe, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Business and Trade

12:50 – 13:00

Wrap up, and final discussion


Science and Government - 23rd March 2023

In March, the Foundation Future Leaders met in London to discuss how science is used by, and funded by,  Government. The schedule was:

09:30 – 09:45

Arrive at Department of Transport

09:45 – 10:00

Proceed through Security. Tea/Coffee

10:00 – 10:50

The Government Office for Science & Government Chief Scientific Adviser

Simon Whitfield, Deputy Director, Government Office for Science

10:50  -11:00


11:00 – 11:50

Group Exercise – Briefing a Minister

Led by Gavin Costigan

11:50 – 12:00


12:00 – 12:45

 The Department for Science, Innovation & Technology

Alexandra Jones, Director of Science, Research & Innovation, Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

12:45– 13:15



13:15 – 14:00

Current political issues in UK science

Rt Hon the Lord (David) Willetts, former Science Minister and Chair of the Foundation for Science and Technology

14:00 – 14:50

The role of a Departmental Chief Scientific Adviser

Professor Sarah Sharples, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Transport

14:50 -15:00


15:00 – 15:50

An introduction to UKRI and how the UK government funds science

Daniel Shah, Director of Investment Strategy and System Insight, UKRI

15:50 – 16:00





We are delighted to announce the Foundation Future Leaders for 2023. The selection panel had over 100 high quality applications, and it was a difficult task to select the winners. 

The Foundation Future Leaders programme brings together a cohort of around 30 mid-career professionals over the course of a year, with approximately 10 representatives each from the research community, industry, and the civil service and wider public sector. Over a 12-month period, the group meet and discuss with senior figures from government, parliament, universities, large industry, SMEs, research charities and others. Just as importantly, Future Leaders present their own expertise, develop skills and make future contacts. The programme includes external visits and the development of an annual conference for a wider group of mid-career future leaders in science, technology, research and innovation.

The 2023 Foundation Future Leaders are:

Dr Feargus Abernethy Senior Spaceflight Project Officer The Open University
Miss Karen Ainsworth Research Nurse/ NIHR ARC NENC Practice Fellow South Tees NHS FT/NIHR Applied Research Collaboration North East and North Cumbria
Dr Justine Alford Communications and Partnerships Manager Climate Policy Radar
Mr Pawala Ariyathilaka Microtarget Physicist STFC – Central Laser Facility
Dr Pepita Barnard Research Fellow University of Nottingham
Mr Tariq Boussouara Head of Data Acquisition and Engineering Support TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory (TÜV SÜD NEL)
Miss Ashleigh Burton Project Manager DG Cities
Dr Louise Campbell Research Manager  Chief Scientist Office, Directorate-General Health and Social Care, Scottish Government 
Dr Parminder Kaur Chohan Adviser Department of Science, Innovation & Technology
Mr Dean Cooper Leading Engineer (Band N) – Specialist Search Technical Services Metropolitan Police Service
Dr Harriet Davenport MRCVS Researcher Veterinary Policy Research Foundation (VPRF)
Dr Joy Egede Assistant Professor in Computer Science University of Nottingham
Mr Debo Gbakinro Senior PRAM Engineer High Speed Two Ltd
Dr Eun Sun Godwin Senior Lecturer in International Business Management University of Wolverhampton
Miss Jennifer Heyes Materials Engineer AWE
Dr Harriet Hunt Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Exeter
Dr Orsolya Ihasz Lecturer in Entrepreneurship  Cranfield School of Management
Dr Adam Jellett Senior Policy Advisor BEIS
Dr Rachel Kelly Quality Specialist 3 Merck BioReliance
Dr Phylis Makurunje  Postdoctoral Research Officer Nuclear Futures Institute, Bangor University
Ms Charlotte Massey Strategy Development Manager for Net-Zero Ecosystems National Physical Laboratory
Dr Owen Metters Investment Manager Octopus Ventures
Dr Susanna Mills Public Health Specialty Registrar and National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Clinical Lecturer Newcastle University
Dr Leona Morton Funding Manager TWI
Mr Mayowa Olonilua Research Psychologist  DSTL
Dr Amy Orben Programme Leader Track Scientist MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge
Ms Katherine Page Policy Manager UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources
Mrs Georgia Park Programme Manager The Royal Society
Dr John Pearson Technology Lead Innovation Rolls-Royce Plc
Dr Daniel Rathbone Assistant Director Campaign for Science and Engineering
Dr Sandeep Sandhu Head of Stakeholder Relationships Innovate UK KTN
Miss Rachel Stonehouse Policy Research Fellow The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
Mr Andrew Whitley Head of Office to the Chief Scientific Adviser Department for International Trade
Dr Jing (Jill) Zhao Senior Lecturer in Architecture University of the West of England