Science Museum Advisory Board

Biographies of the Science Museum Advisory Board members as at 2013.


Howard Covington (Trustee)
Howard studied at St John’s College, Cambridge, graduating in 1975 with a double first in Natural Sciences and a distinction in Part 3 Mathematics.

After leaving university he worked in government service, offshore oil contracting and commercial and investment banking. In 1986 he joined UK investment bank SG Warburg, becoming a director. He advised public and private companies on strategy, capital raising, public takeovers and acquisitions and disposals. In 1996 he became European head of US investment bank Wasserstein Perella where he built the business into a top 10 European mergers and acquisitions firm.

In 2001 Howard joined New Star Asset Management as a founder shareholder and chief executive. New Star grew to become a mainstream asset manager with £20 billion under management and 400 employees. It was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2005 and sold to Henderson four years later.

In 2008 Howard became chairman of the management committee of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge, one of the world’s leading mathematical sciences research institutes. He is an honorary fellow of the Newton Institute. He became a trustee of the Science Museum in 2008 and was chairman of its finance and strategy committee until 2013. In 2010 Howard was made a fellow of the Institute of Physics in recognition of his services to mathematical sciences. In 2014 he became a trustee of ClientEarth, Europe's leading not-for-profit environmental law firm. Howard has written on climate change for the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.


Dr Gill Samuels CBE (Trustee)
Dr Gill Samuels is a physiologist and neuropharmacologist by training, and is the recipient of a number of national awards and honours.

After a long career in the research limb of Pfizer, during which she contributed to the discovery and development of a number of medicines, now marketed, she has continued her interest in education, international health policy and practice, women’s careers, and public enfranchisement in science.

She was Director of Cardiovascular Biology at Pfizer, and before her retirement in 2005, Executive Director of Science Policy for Europe.

She has served on a number of Research Council Boards (MRC, BBSRC) and Government Initiatives (Human Genetics Commission, Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, Biosciences Futures Forum, Medicines Foresight Panel, and SETFair, on women’s careers in science), and continues as a special advisor to the British Council, and the WHO. Until recently she chaired the Foundation Council of the Global Forum for Health Research, and was a member of the board of the NGO Drugs for Neglected Infectious Diseases (DNDI).

She was a founder member of the Rosemary Franklin Award of the Royal Society, and of the Athena Programme for the advancement of women in academia.

She was the Chair of the Cheltenham Science Festival, which now, after 10 years, is arguably the best science festival in Europe, and is now a trustee of the Science Museum.

She is a member of Council of University College, London, and of its business board, the current chairman of the University Women’s Club in London, and was recently elected to the Board of the Karachi Education Initiative (KEI UK)

Awards include Queen’s Guide, CBE (Commander of the British Empire), First Woman of Science Award from the CBI (Confederation of British Industry), Honorary DSc from Sheffield University, Honorary Fellowship from Cardiff University, Lifetime Fellow of the Royal Institution, and now, much to her amusement, no 6 on the 2011 Reuter’s list of Baby Boomer Achievers.

Professor Dame Athene Donald DBE FRS (Trustee)
Professor of Experimental Physics, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge.
Deputy Vice Chancellor and Gender Equality Champion (2010)
Fellow of Robinson College

Professor Dame Athene Donald is one of the leading scientists in the UK and has been widely recognised for her outstanding contributions to scientific research and to public engagement with science. She was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1999 and in 2010 was elected a Fellow of the Academia Europaea. Professor Donald has held – and continues to hold – a range of very senior responsibilities at Cambridge University, she Chairs the Royal Society’s Education Committee and serves on national and international committees for research and professional matters.


Jane Atkinson Eur Ing
Vice-President of Utilities Operations at Sembcorp Utilities
Jane is the youngest ever “Fellow” of the world-renowned Royal Academy of Engineering and a former winner of the CBI’s “First Woman” Award for Engineering. She is widely regarded as one of the UK’s principal ambassadors for women in engineering and is also an adviser to the Institution of Chemical Engineering on diversity issues.

Dr Sarah J Caddick
Sarah J Caddick, PhD, is Neuroscience Adviser to Lord Sainsbury of Turville and his charitable organisation, The Gatsby Charitable Foundation.  Formerly the Executive Director of the Centre for Neuroscience Initiatives at Columbia University Medical Centre, she is a neuroscientist who has held leadership roles in private and public grant-making organisations (Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, Kirsch Foundation, Wadsworth Foundation, Center for Accelerating Medical Solutions (CAMS), which is part of the Milken Institute in Washington DC, where she has been responsible for the development, oversight and restructuring of strategic, programmatic, operational and grant-making activities. She has advised a number of individuals and Foundations on their philanthropy in science and has sat on various funding committees in the US.  She currently serves on the New York Academy of Sciences UK Charitable Foundation Board of Governors and the Governing Council of the Sainsbury-Wellcome Centre.  Before pursuing a career in medical and scientific grant-making and policy, Dr Caddick was engaged in biomedical research at Duke University Medical Centre and the Medical College of Virginia.  She holds a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Southampton, UK, and a BSc in biology (Honors in neuroscience and genetics) from the University of Portsmouth, UK.

Dr Marcus du Sautoy
Professor for the Public Understanding of Science & Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University; broadcaster and presenter. In 2001 he won the Berwick Prize of the London Mathematical Society, which is awarded every two years to reward the best mathematical research by a mathematician under forty. He writes for The Times and The Guardian and has appeared several times on BBC Radio 4 and television. He presented the television programme, Mind Games, on BBC Four. He has also written numerous academic articles and books on mathematics, the most recent being The Num8er My5teries. Marcus was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours.

Mr Malcolm Garrett
Creative Director at Applied Information Group and Creative Director of Dynamo, an online showcase and forum for the interactive media industry. Royal Designer for Industry.

Began as a graphic designer, noted for major band record sleeves in the 70s and 80s. Moved into other media, increasingly digital technology. Set up, or worked in, a number of creative companies. 

Dr Lucie Green
Lucie Green is a Leverhulme Research Fellow based at UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory where she conducts research into the Sun's magnetic fields. As well as research, Lucie has an outstanding record of public engagement with science and was awarded the Royal Society's Kohn award in recognition of this in 2009. Her interest in the formal education sector has led her to be one of the first Governors of the University College London Academy School which opens in September 2012 and she currently serves on the Royal Society's Education Committee.

Sir Tim Hunt
Won The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2001(with Leland Hartwell and Sir Paul Nurse) for their discoveries regarding cell cycle regulation. In 2006 he was awarded the Royal Medal.  He was knighted by the Queen in the same year. Studied Biochemistry at Cambridge.

Professor Michael Reiss
Professor of Science Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, where he is Pro-Director: Research and Development. Main research interests are science education, sex education and bioethics. Chief Executive of Science Learning Centre London; Vice-President of the British Science Association; plus a number of other academic and special interest groups.

Professor Simon Schaffer
Simon Schaffer is Professor of History of Science at the University of Cambridge. He has published widely in the areas of the history of experimental sciences and astronomy. He has also taken part in the design and planning of a number of exhibitions and museum projects in public science, including those at the Whipple Museum and Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, as well as ZKM, Karlsruhe and elsewhere. Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM) translates as Centre for Art and Media Technology, an exhibition space specialising in digital arts, based in a disused arms factory. Simon is a frequent broadcaster on radio and television on topics in the history of the sciences.

Professor Molly Stevens
Molly Stevens is Professor of Biomedical Materials and Regenerative Medicine and the Research Director for Biomedical Material Sciences in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College. She gained a First Class Honours degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Bath University and was then awarded a PhD in biophysical investigations of specific biomolecular interactions and single biomolecule mechanics from the Laboratory of Biophysics and Surface Analysis at the University of Nottingham (2000). She joined Imperial College in 2004 after training in the laboratory of Professor Robert Langer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Her recent accolades include the Polymer International-IUPAC award for creativity in polymer science, the Rosenhain medal, the Norman Heatley Prize for Interdisciplinary research, the Jean Leray Award, the Conference Science Medal from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Philip Leverhulme Prize for Engineering. Her previous awards include the Ronald Belcher Memorial Lecture Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry and both the Janssen Prize and the UpJohn Prize for academic excellence and research. In 2010 Molly was awarded the RSC Norman Heatley Prize and the IOM3 Rosenhain Medal and Prize. In 2012 she was awarded the Griffith Prize and medal from IOM3. In 2012 Molly presented the Royal Society Clifford Patterson Lecture and in 2013 she was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. The Times named her as one of the top ten scientists under the age of 40 in 2010.

She has a large multidisciplinary research group of students and postdocs/fellows geared towards fundamental science and translation for human health. Research in regenerative medicine within her group includes the directed differentiation of stem cells, the design of novel bioactive scaffolds and new approaches towards tissue regeneration. Stevens’ research group’s findings have recently enabled the most sensitive facile enzyme detection to date and can be applied to diseases ranging from cancer to global health.

Professor Helen Storey MBE
Professor Helen Storey is an artist and designer living and working in London. She graduated in Fashion from Kingston Polytechnic in 1981, then worked with Valentino and Lancetti in Rome. She returned to London and worked with Bellville Sassoon before launching her own label in 1983 with Caroline Coates’ company Amalgamated Talent. Storey’s late ‘80s and early ‘90s collections were noted for their questioning of traditional notions of glamour, expense and women’s image, including boas created from rags and evening gowns made from plastic refuse-bags - Clients included, Madonna, Cher, Prince and Michael and Janet Jackson. Following her second catwalk show, ‘Present Times’ in 1991, Storey won Most Innovative Designer of the Year and was nominated for British Designer of the Year by The British Fashion Council. Following the closure of the trading arm of Helen Storey in 1995, Storey published an autobiography, published by Faber and Faber, aptly titled ‘Fighting Fashion,’ charting her personal experience within the industry.

Since the mid-90s, Storey has been drawn towards the world of scientific research, which has culminated in a series of projects exploring the fields of biology, neuroscience and chemistry. In 1997, the Wellcome Trust initiative ‘Sci/Art’, promoting partnerships between science and art, prompted Storey’s first project that combined these disciplines. Alongside her sister Kate, a developmental biologist at Oxford University, Storey created ‘Primitive Streak’ – 27 pieces of textiles and dress that take the viewer through the first 1,000 hours of human life, from fertilisation to the recognisable human form. A double award-winning project, Primitive Streak has toured in 7 countries since 1997 and has been seen by 6 million people. In response to the demands of ‘Primitive Streak’, Helen Storey and Caroline Coates established The Helen Storey Foundation in 1997, a not-for-profit arts organisation promoting creativity and innovation. The Helen Storey Foundation has since collaborated across multiple disciplines. This lead to ‘Mental’, a 5-part work that explores, through hand-craft and technology, key emotions present during the creative process, first shown in 2001; and ‘Eye and I’ in 2005-2006, which Storey has described as ‘a new kind of explorative space for emotional interaction between humans’. ‘Wonderland’ a project created with Professor Tony Ryan at Sheffield University, straddles the junction between art, fashion and chemistry and reached an audience of 11 million people in 2008.

Catalytic Clothing is award winning and has been Helen’s collaborative focus since 2008, working with Tony Ryan and many other collaborating partners to deliver textile substrates (and therefore clothes) that purify air. She continues to develop new hybrid projects that impact the advancement of the curriculum, research and enterprise.

Storey was awarded Honorary Professorships at Heriot Watt University and King's College London in 2001 and 2003 respectively, awarded visiting Professor of Material Chemistry at Sheffield University in 2008 and Honorary Doctor of Science in 2012, and made Professor in Craft and Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2012. Storey is a Professor of Fashion and Science at The London College of Fashion at The Centre for Sustainable Fashion. She was awarded the MBE for services to the Arts in June 2009.

Maggie Morris