SocNatSci Board

The Board for the Society for Natural Sciences is comprised from the 15 founding member Universities across the UK.


Chair: Professor Nicky King

chair@socnatsci.org

Professor King is Associate Dean for Education in CEMPS at the University of Exeter. Her areas of interest are interdisciplinary learning, bioinorganic chemistry, inorganic materials chemistry, student experience, widening participation and technology enhanced learning. 


CEO: Professor Derek Raine

ceo@socnatsci.org

Professor Raine is Professor (Emeritus) and former director of the Centre for Interdiscipinary Science at the University of Leicester. He is a mathematical physicist with interest in pedagogical research.


Treasurer: Professor Roddy Vann

treasurer@socnatsci.org

Professor Vann is Director of Natural Sciences at the University of York. He is a plasma physicist with research interests in tokamaks & microwaves.


Membership Secretary: Dr Ali Mozaffari

membership@socnatsci.org

Dr Mozaffari is a lecturer in Physics and Natural Sciences at UCL. He is a theoretical physicist with further interests in science communication and outreach.


Communications and External Relations: Dr Sarah Gretton

comms@socnatsci.org

Kate Tape

Kate is Student Experience Manager for Natural Sciences at the University of Nottingham. She has a degree in Zoology.


Education and Pedagogy: Dr Glenn Hurst

pedr@socnatsci.org

Dr Sarah Gretton

Dr Gretton is an Associate Professor and Director of  University of Leicester’s Natural Sciences programme. Sarah did her PhD on the cellular biology of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) at the MRC Virology Unit. She was awarded a University Teaching Fellowship in 2014, and was a finalist for HE Bioscience Teacher of the Year and won the University of Leicester’s Teaching Excellence award in 2017.  Her current research interests include sustainability, skills development and interdisciplinary science education.


Accreditation: Professor Nicky King

Professor King is the Chair of the Natural Sciences Society, and is primarily responsible for developing our accreditation status as a professional body. She is Associate Dean for Education in CEMPS at the University of Exeter. Her areas of interest are interdisciplinary learning, bioinorganic chemistry, inorganic materials chemistry, student experience, widening participation and technology enhanced learning. 

accreditation@socnatsci.org


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: Dr Ella Metcalf

edi@socnatsci.org

˜Dr Jane White

Dr White is director of the Bath Mathematics Resource Centre. Her research interests are in mathematical modelling.


Heads of Natural Sciences: Dr Eleanor Crabb

heads@socnatsci.org

Dr Crabb is a materials chemist and Director of Teaching for the School of Life, Health and Chemical Sciences. She is also the Qualification Director for Natural Sciences.


All trustees can be contacted via the following email address:

Trustees: trustees@socnatsci.org

Professor Derek Raine

Professor Raine is the CEO of the Society for Natural Sciences also sitting a a trustee. He is Professor (Emeritus) and former director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Science at the University of Leicester. He is a mathematical physicist with interest in pedagogical research.

Professor Roddy Vann

Professor Vann is the treasurer of the Society for Natural Sciences also sitting as a trustee. He is Director of Natural Sciences at the University of York. He is a plasma physicist with research interests in tokamaks & microwaves.

Professor Geraint Thomas

Professor Thomas is Professor of Biochemistry and Programme Director for Natural Sciences at UCL. He has a particular interest in interdisciplinary research collaborations, working with scientists across the life and physical sciences.


Web Content and Data Manager: Dr Paul Roach

Dr Roach is a senior lecturer in Biomaterials and Interface Science at Loughborough University. He works across multiple disciplines and sectors with a particular research interests in neural engineering and clinically applied spectroscopy.