Anya Hurlburt

Appointed by STEM Trustee

Anya Hurlburt is Professor of Visual Neuroscience and Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Newcastle. She co-founded the Newcastle Institute of Neuroscience in 2003, was co-director until 2014, and now directs the Center for Transformative Neuroscience. She was a Marshall Scholar and holds degrees in physics, physiology, brain and cognitive science, and medicine from Princeton, Cambridge, MIT, and Harvard, respectively.

Anya’s research interests focus on understanding human vision, especially color perception and its role in cognition and behavior; her work includes applications in imaging, lighting, visual arts, and human health. She received the Newton Medal (Color Group GB; 2022) and has delivered many named and keynote lectures, including the Edridge-Green Lecture (Royal College of Ophthalmologists) and the Richard Gregory Memorial Lecture (Bristol Vision Institute).

Anya speaks and writes extensively about color vision and art, participates in TV and radio programs and has developed several science-based art exhibitions, including an interactive installation at the National Gallery in London. In addition to several international advisory boards, Anya serves on the Science Advisory Group of the National Gallery, where she was recently the Scientific Director, as well as on the editorial boards of the Journal of Vision and Current Biology, the Board of Directors of the Vision Sciences Society. , and the Committee on Optoelectronics from the rank prize funds.

Baroness Nicky Morgan

Appointed by a trustee of senior management

The Honorable Baroness Morgan of Coates (Nicky Morgan) is a former Conservative minister who served in the Cabinets of David Cameron and Boris Johnson as Minister for Women and Equalities, Education Secretary and Secretary for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport respectively. She also chaired the Treasury Committee of the House of Commons for 2 years. She was the Member of Parliament for Loughborough between 2010 and 2019.

She also served as Finance Secretary, Economic Secretary, Government Secretary and PPS under the Universities Minister. Prior to her election, she worked as a mergers and acquisitions attorney.

Nicky is one of the founders of a mental health charity in Leicestershire. She is currently a member of the House of Lords and has a portfolio career with roles in the private and public sectors, including as a non-executive director at Santander UK, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, the Association of British Insurers, Great Central Railway plc and Careers & Enterprise. Nicky also chairs the Advisory Board of think tank Reform.

Ryhor Radik

Appointed by STEM Trustee

Gregory Roddick is Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Leeds. Educated at Rutgers University in New Jersey (where he was born and raised) and then at Cambridge University, he has published extensively in life history and the humanities since 1800. His book The Language of the Apes: A Long Discussion of Animal Language (Chicago, 2007) was awarded the Suzanne J. Levinson Society for the History of Science for Best Book in the History of the Life Sciences and Natural History. His other books include The Contested Inheritance: The Battle for Mendel and the Future of Biology (Chicago, 2023) and, as co-editor, The Cambridge Companion to Darwin (Cambridge, 2003; 2nd ed., 2009). He was a Fellow of the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust, and served as President of the British Society for the History of Science (2014-16) and the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (2019-21). ). He writes and lectures frequently and has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time and the PBS/National Geographic TV series Genius with Stephen Hawking.

Sarah Sands

Appointed by a trustee of senior management

Sarah Sands has had a distinguished career in journalism; she edited two newspapers, the Sunday Telegraph and The Evening Standard, and she became editor of the Today program on Radio 4. She currently sits on the board of directors of Channel 4 and the Berkeley Group, and is a partner at Hawthorn Advisors. She is a Trustee of the Index on Censorship, an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge and Goldsmiths College, London, and Chair of the Bright Blue think tank. She founded the Braemar Science Summit, now in its second year. In 2021, she was appointed chair of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council and this year is a member of the council under the German presidency. She published a book about monastic lessons “Inner Silence”.

Trustees of the scientific museum group are not remunerated. This appointment was made in accordance with the order of the Cabinet of Ministers Administrative Code on State Appointments. The appointment process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. According to the code, a declaration of any significant political activity carried out by the appointed person in the past five years is required. This is defined as holding office, making public appearances, making a recordable donation, or running for office.

Baroness Nicky Morgan said she was a parliamentary candidate and was elected as a Conservative MP.

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