Education & experience


  • Postgraduate Certificate Academic Practice (Distinction) Northumbria University (2019-2020)
  • PhD, Behavioural Sciences, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University (2011-2014)
  • MSc, Evolutionary Psychology (Distinction) Brunel University (2008-2011)
  • BSc, Zoology with Evolutionary Psychology (2:1) University of Liverpool (2002-2005)

Academic & science policy experience:

  • Programme committee member for the 2021 International Society for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health meeting.
  • DPhil thesis examiner, Middlesex University, London, 2020.
  • PhD thesis examiner, École normale supérieure, Paris, 2018.
  • Programme committee member for the 2018 International Society for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health meeting.
  • UKSBM consultations adviser, contributing to the UKSBM response to ‘A healthier future – action and ambitions on diet, activity and healthy weight’. Scottish Government, January 2018.
  • Devising and delivering summer school workshops for the Newcastle University Institute of Neuroscience.
  • Teaching National Centre for Research Methods workshops on experimental approaches for social research.
  • Guest Lecturing for the School of Psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
  • Guest Lecturing for Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Liverpool.
  • Guest Lecturing for the Combined Honours School at Newcastle University.
  • Teaching & demonstrating for the School of Biology and the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University.
  • Informal supervision of undergraduate project students & postgraduate research students in the Faculty of Medical Sciences and the Faculty of Science Agriculture and Engineering.
  • Local Champion for the Evidence Information Service.
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences Postgraduate Student Representative.
  • Student representative on Faculty of Medical Sciences Development Review Group.
  • Student representative on the Newcastle University Researcher Development Coordination Group.
  • First aider, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University.
  • Trained Parliamentary Outreach Trainer (Parliamentary Outreach Office training, 2015)
  • Trustee, Newton’s Apple Foundation 2010 – 2022.
  • Science Communication and Outreach Activities including science engagement events in secondary schools and the British Science Festival Event, “The Big Society? Interactive Psychology Games”
  • Researcher in the University of Liverpool Biosciences department

Peer review of publications for:

  • Applied Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Evolution and Human Behaviour
  • Evolutionary Human Sciences
  • European Journal of Social Psychology
  • Evolutionary Medicine and Public Health
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Human Ethology Bulletin
  • Human Nature
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Communications
  • Journal of Evolutionary Psychology
  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • PLoS One
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biology
  • Social Science & Medicine

Peer review of grant applications for:

  • The Economic and Social Research Council
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering (Ingenious public engagement grant review)

Non-academic work experience includes:

  • Communications Manager (Senior Executive Officer), Department of Health (2008-2010)
  • Director of Newton’s Apple Foundation (2008)
  • Consulting Policy and Project Manager for Newton’s Apple Foundation (2007-2008)
  • Area Fundraising Coordinator for the British Red Cross (2007)
  • Operational Marketing Assistant for the British Red Cross (2007)

Past engagement activities (see home page for current activities):

  • London Evolution Research Network (organising committee member 2008-2009, Brunel University representative 2009-2010)
  • UK coordinator for Yearoutindia, (2006-2010)
  • Committee member for Science Café Wales and also the South Wales Science Alliance (2006-7)
  • Volunteer assistant at the Science Media Centre (2006)
  • Work Experience at BBC Specialist Factual and Learning department (2006)
  • Research Assistant and Public Awareness team leader for Archelon, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece (2001-2002)
  • Intern for the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary (2001)

Non-scientific and popular science writing experience:

  • Internship at BBC Focus magazine (2006)
  • Regular writer for Buzz magazine (2005-2007)
  • Articles in Science and Public Affairs magazine (now People and Science, a publication of the British Science Association, 2006)
  • Articles in Science in Parliament magazine (2006-2008)
  • A winner of the National Brain-Science Writing Prize Award – Changing the Face of Our Lives, published in the Bulletin of the British Neuroscience Association, spring 2007

Technical training:

  • Programming, data wrangling  & mapping (e.g. R, Excel & SPSS)
  • Online data collection platforms (e.g. Qualtrics,  Prolific, Amazon MTurk, Crowdflower & SocialSci)
  • Web page design
  • BMS and MEDS software (Department of Health)
  • NHS Comms Link (Department of Health)
  • MS Project, IBM Quickr & Lotus Notes

Management & leadership training:

  • Event management training (Government Communications Network)
  • Knowledge and Information management development (Department of Health)
  • Leadership development training (Olivier Mythodrama)
  • Project Management (Department of Health)
  • Strategic communications planning development (NHS Communications Forum)

Additional biological training:

  • Evolutionary Biology Workshop in the Alps (Conference Universitaire de Suisse Occidentale – 3 ECTS credits)
  • Field Skills in Biology
  • Quantitative Biology

Other training:

  • Parliamentary Outreach Training
  • Science Policy training (Newton’s Apple)
  • Actors Workshop for Science Communication (Actors Workshop)
  • First Aid at work training (North East Ambulance Service)
  • Introduction to the news media (Science Media Centre)
  • Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (ITLHE) Part A
  • IT Demonstrator Training (Newcastle University, School of Medical Sciences Education Development)
  • Public engagement in science training (British Science Association)
  • Science, policy, risk and uncertainty (Foundation for Science and Technology)