Charity Trustees

We are supported in our work by a group of trustees who, through their great experience and expertise, provide advice and ensure that the Charity meets its aims and objectives.

We would like to thank our retireing trustees Graham Kingsley and Jill Aberdour for their dedicated service over many years.

Dr. Peter Long   –  Head Design Engineer, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Prof. Harry Marsh – Emeritus Professor of Engineering

Dr. Claire Cockcroft

After a Biochemistry degree from Oxford, a PhD and Postdoc from Cambridge in plant biotechnology, Claire hung up her labcoat in 2001 to pioneer the UK’s first business course for aspiring bio-entrepreneurs – MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise. A Media Fellowship at The Guardian, however, catalysed a career change into science communication. As Head of External Relations at the Babraham Institute she leads communications/press, public engagement, ‘knowledge exchange’ and PR/marketing for Babraham’s Bioincubator, currently home to 45 bioventures. Claire has developed novel science activities to inspire and excite young people (e.g. Bioscience BootCamp, 6th form Stem Cell Conference, scientific/ethical workshops) and mentors scientists at school and University. Music, photography and travel keep life in perspective. She visited South America and Cuba researching impacts of biotechnology on agriculture (Winston Churchill Memorial Trust), tours with choirs and contributed to ‘Music from the Genome’, with New London Chamber Choir, exploring whether genes determine musical ability.

Claire is: A Trustee of the Education Charity STEM Team East; A Fellow of the Society and of the British American Project; Graduate Tutor/mentor atNewnhamCollege,Cambridge; and on the BioIndustry Association’s Communications Board.

Mr. Ian Harvey – Head of Biology, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge; Vice Chair Society of Biology

Mr. Marc Rothera
Outreach and Recruitment Manager, Anglia Ruskin University
Marc manages the Outreach & Recruitment Team on the Cambridge campus of Anglia Ruskin University and has a broad range of contacts and experience related to working with schools and colleges across the region (with staff, students and parents). Further information about the work of Marc’s team can be found at:
With a background in Youth and Community work Marc has a keen interest in informal and non-traditional education methods. Although Marc doesn’t have a formal scientific background but he is a keen hobbyist with a particular interest in computing and, in his spare time, can often be found slaving over a hot Raspberry Pi trying to make his latest project work (or at least find out why it doesn’t!).

Dr Sujit Bhattacharya 


At present, Sujit is involved in research, design and development of advanced radar systems at Blighter Surveillance Systems Limited. He has been active in mentoring students for various research projects and conducting science and engineering related activities in and around Cambridge. Sujit was Senior Scientist/ Engineer at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for more than 16 years and Project Manager for the design of satellite sub-systems for ISRO’s RISAT-II satellite. After completing his PhD in Electronics Engineering from the University of Edinburgh, he was also involved in Engineering research both at Queen’s University Belfast and Imperial College London. During his tenure at Imperial College he designed sub-system for Magnetometer payload of European Space Agency’s (ESA) SolarOrbiter satellite. Sujit also supports his wife, who is a local Councillor at Cambourne, to regularly organise various social and educational activities for the community.


Sujit is: A Trustee of the Education Charity STEM Team East, Senior Member of IEEE, US and Fellow of IETE, India.






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