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Sir Philip Campbell, Chair

Philip is Editor-in-Chief of Nature and of the Nature journals. His areas of responsibility include the editorial content and management of Nature, and assuring the long-term quality of all Nature publications. He is based in London.

He has a BSc in aeronautical engineering, an MSc in astrophysics and a PhD and postdoctoral research in upper atmospheric physics. Following his research, he became the Physical Sciences Editor of Nature and then, in 1988, the founding editor of Physics World, the international magazine of the UK Institute of Physics. He returned to Nature to take on his current role in 1995.

He has worked with the UK government, the European Commission and the US National Institutes of Health on issues relating to science and its impacts in society. For ten years until 2012 he was a trustee of Cancer Research UK. He was a founding trustee of MQ before being elected Chair in 2015. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and of the Institute of Physics, has honorary degrees from several universities, and was awarded an Honorary Professorship by the Peking Union Medical College. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. He was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honours list of 2015 for his services to science. 

Dr Helen Munn 

Dr Helen Munn is the Executive Director of the Academy of Medical Sciences – the UK’s national academy representing the full spectrum of medical science, from basic research through clinical application to healthcare delivery. The Academy’s 1200 elected Fellows are the UK’s most talented biomedical and health researchers, working to promote medical science and its translation into benefits for society. Helen joined the Academy’s policy team in 2004, becoming Executive Director in 2009. Since then she has overseen a major expansion in the Academy’s resources, profile and impact, including a successful £5 million fundraising appeal to establish the Academy’s first headquarters in 2010, influential policy reports, leading-edge public dialogue exercises, and a portfolio of innovative grant and mentoring schemes to support early career researchers in the UK and overseas. Prior to joining the Academy, Helen completed a fellowship at UK Parliamentary Office for Science & Technology and worked for a short time in the BBC Science Team. She followed her undergraduate degree from The Queen’s College, Oxford with a PhD in molecular endocrinology from the University of Edinburgh.

Dr Arash Hejazi

Dr Arash Hejazi is the Editorial Director of journals in social sciences and humanities at Wiley and Sons Inc. In his previous roles he was the Publisher of The Pharmaceutical Journal by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the associate publisher of Nature, where he was heavily involved in product development, product management, publishing and editorial strategic planning.

Arash Hejazi received his doctorate in medicine in 1996 from the Iran University of Medical Sciences, before launching his publishing house Caravan in 1997, the magazines Kamyaab in 2000 and Book Fiesta in 2003. In 2006 he was nominated to receive the Freedom to Publish award from the International Publishers’ Association.

He is also a novel writer, whose best known novel The Princess of the Land of Eternity was shortlisted for two major Iranian literary prizes and has sold more than 20,000 copies in Iran since its first publication in 2003. His dissertation for his MA in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University on censorship in Iran was published in the publishing journal Logos in 2011, and his memoir The Gaze of the Gazelle about growing up in Iran after the Islamic Revolution was published in 2011.

Professor Emily Holmes

Emily is a clinical psychologist, Professor of Psychology and Deputy Head of the Division of Psychology at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm.  The work in her research group is underpinned by a core interest in mental health science, and the translation of basic findings to create innovations to improve psychological treatments to reach more people. The research takes an interdisciplinary approach including psychology, psychiatry, cognitive science, neuroscience and so forth.  Her group is particualry interested in the link between mental imagery and emotion. They are currently using this to develop preventative interventions after trauma, and also innovative treatments for those affected by trauma, such as refugees.

Emily is a Visiting Professor in Clinical Psychology at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford, holds an Honorary Appointment at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences, Cambridge, UK and is also a Fellow of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. She is Associate Editor of “Behaviour Research and Therapy”. Her research has been recognised by the British Psychological Society’s Spearman Medal (2010), Humboldt Foundation Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award (2013), and the American Psychological Association (2014).  Emily served as a committee member and chair of the MQ Fellows Committee, and chaired the MQ Annual Science Meeting, prior to joining the Board of Trustees in 2015.

Shaun Horan

Shaun leads Graham-Pelton Consulting in Europe, working with clients from the University, Schools, Arts and Culture and Charity sector.  He has nearly two decades of fundraising, communications, and marketing experience. He was a member of the HEFCE Advisory Board for the 2014 Pearce Report into the Philanthropic Workforce for Higher Education.

Shaun also served as Director of Development and External Affairs at the University of Reading, where he led the £100M fundraising Campaign, having established fundraising from scratch at Reading in 2004.  He served as Vice-Chair of the CASE Europe Board and also as a Trustee for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.

Shaun spent a decade in the voluntary sector before joining Reading, working for organisations such as Plan UK, the country’s biggest child sponsorship charity at the time, and Raleigh International.

Shaun is a qualified Barrister, and is an AMP graduate from Henley Business School.  He is a member of the Institute of Fundraising.  He has four young children, who are a brilliant demonstration of chaos theory!

Irene Tracey

Professor Irene Tracey holds the Nuffield Chair of Anaesthetic Science and is Head of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences - 450 person strong department comprising the FMRIB Centre, Division of Neurology, Nuffield Division Anaesthetics, Nuffield Laboratory Opthalmology and the Division for Prevention of Stroke and Dementia. In 1998, Irene helped to co-found the now world- leading Oxford Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain (FMRIB) at the University of Oxford – the centre integrates research into key neurological and neuroscientific problems with cutting-edge developments in MR physics and data analysis. Irene was FMRIB’s Director from 2005 until 2015, and she was also the Head of the Nuffield Division of Anaesthetics and was Associate Head of the Medical Sciences Division/School until 2015 and upon taking up her new headship post.

Irene did her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Oxford and held a postdoctoral position at Harvard Medical School. Over the past 18 years her multidisciplinary research team has contributed to a better understanding of pain perception, pain relief and nociceptive processing within the injured and non-injured human CNS using neuroimaging techniques. More recently, they have been investigating the neural bases of altered states of consciousness during anaesthesia.

Irene has served and continues to serve on many national and international committees, including the International Association for the Study of Pain as an elected Councillor until 2014, Deputy Chair of the MRC’s Neuroscience and Mental Health Board until 2014, the REF 2014 Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience panel until 2014, and was co-Chair of the Canadian CERC panel and is a member of the Brain Prize selection committee, amongst other roles. In 2008 she was awarded the triennial Patrick Wall Medal from the Royal College of Anaesthetists and in 2009 was made an FRCA for her contributions to the discipline. In 2015 she was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Irene is married to Professor Myles Allen, a climate physicist, and they have three wonderfully irrepressible children: Colette (18), John (15) and Jim (10).

Chris Parsons

Chris is chairman of Herbert Smith Freehills' India Practice and spends most of his time in India, a country which has become his second home. He is the guiding force behind the global Indian Practice of the firm. Having spent more than 30 years at the firm, he has over 10 years' experience of adding value to both Indian groups and to global businesses looking to invest in India. He has a deep understanding of the country and can bring this to bear for the benefit of clients.

Chris sits on the board of the UK India Business Council, the primary body that promotes business relations between the UK and India.  He is ranked as a "Senior Statesman" for India by Chambers: "…he stands out as someone who is dedicated and committed to building business in India".

Chris helps guide the firm's social initiatives in India which includes HSF Bridge, a project that links law students with social causes. He was honoured in the Financial News Extra Mile awards for marking his 30 years at the firm by walking 30 marathons over 30 days across India to raise money for Indian widows. He was also included in the Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyer awards for his work in India including his lectures at a number of Indian Law Schools which involves an annual programme with Oxford University.

Chris has a personal interest in mental health issues not least through having suffered from depression periodically over a number of years.  He was very enthusiastic about joining the Board of Trustees of MQ Mental Health.

Clare Matterson

Clare Matterson is an adviser to global foundations and serves on a number of Boards. Clare worked for the Wellcome Trust for 18 years as Director of Strategy and Director of Culture & Society.  She led many of Wellcome’s transformative initiatives, building its public engagement and medical humanities work. She was co-founder of Wellcome Collection and established the UK’s National STEM Learning Centre in York.

She is currently Special Adviser to Wellcome’s Our Planet Our Health Initiative, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Food, Nutrition and Agriculture and Vice President of the EAT Foundation to create healthy and sustainable diets for all.  Clare serves on several Boards, including the Horniman Museum, the Science Gallery International and Flipside Festival. She has been on advisory boards of the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum.

Previously, Clare worked as a consultant for PWC leading its higher education consulting work and worked for UK’s national higher education funding bodies.  She was a Senior Adviser to the National Inquiry into Higher Educations (the Dearing Review) and spent two years working as Executive Assistant to the Provost at the State University of New York, USA.

Clare chairs the UK National STEM Forum for Public Engagement. She holds a Zoology degree from the University of Oxford, an honorary doctoral degree from the University of York and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. She received a Fellowship from the British Science Association for outstanding contributions to public engagement and was named as one of GQs top influential women. She was awarded a CBE for services to public engagement with science in 2015.

Shahzad Malik

In over a fifteen years of venture investing at Advent, Shahzad has been actively involved with numerous successful investments in Europe and the US in the biopharmaceutical, medical device, and diagnostics arenas. These include Algeta, Respivert, Biocartis, Powdermed and Versartis.

Shahzad came to Advent in 1999 with a strong background in science and clinical medicine. He gained invaluable experience at the London office of McKinsey & Company serving international clients in the Healthcare and Investment Banking sectors. Shahzad gained an MA in Physiological Sciences while at Oxford University and an MD from Cambridge University.

He then specialised in interventional cardiology while at the same time pursuing research interests in heart muscle disorders, both in the clinic and basic science laboratory. 

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