The University of Southampton
Chemistry

Advisory Board

Terms of Reference

The role of the Advisory Board is to assist Chemistry (Faculty of Natural & Environmental Sciences) to continue and enhance the success of its education and research programmes, thus ensuring a strong national and international reputation. To this end the Board will provide advice on:

Chemistry’s research strategy and its development

Chemistry’s  education strategy for both undergraduates and postgraduates

The recruitment of staff and their development

Support for the progression of students after graduation and into employment

The Board will also assist Chemistry to monitor its progress towards meeting its targets.

 

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Professor Andy Bell

Professor Andy Bell, Chairman

Andy is currently CTO for Dstl with responsibility for the direction and development of non-nuclear S&T capabilities to support the UK’s defence and security. Following a degree in Chemistry at Oxford, Andy obtained his PhD from the Department of Chemistry. He then undertook post-docs in Japan, France and back in Southampton (Japanese Society for the promotion of Science, EU and Royal Society funding respectively). From there he took a post with Dstl at Porton Down. Andy has remained with Dstl, during which time he became a Dstl Fellow, undertook a secondment to the Home Office as Chief Scientist for CBRN, and back in Dstl, was appointed Chief Scientist for Physical Sciences. As a visiting Professor to Chemistry he has played a significant advisory role for the department and in building up links with Dstl for the whole University. Andy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Andy is married with two children. In addition to spending time with his family, his interests include cycling, brass bands and rugby.

 

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Dr Emma Baker

Dr Emma Baker

Emma has been teaching Science, specialising in A Level Chemistry teaching for 18 years. She has taught in 4 secondary schools and was Head of Chemistry in the first two and then Head of Science in the two most recent schools.

In September 2013, Emma took up her present post of Director of Science at Bishop Wordsworth’s School in Salisbury. Emma has had roles as an Advanced Skills Teacher in both Wiltshire and West Berkshire which has involved her working in a large number of secondary schools working alongside colleagues looking to improve their teaching.

Emma has been a member of the Association of Science Education throughout her teaching career and for many years sat on the local committees. Emma has undertaken two DFES Best Practise Scholarships looking at levels of explanation within Chemistry teaching and was awarded at Gatsby Teaching Fellowship in 2006 working on a project looking at how photographs and videos could be used effectively in the teaching of Chemistry.

 

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Professor Jonathan Essex, Director Research

Professor Jonathan Essex

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr Lynda Brown

Dr Lynda Brown

 

 Dr Lynda Brown

Lynda received her first degree in chemistry from the University of Aston in 1996, spending a year with GlaxoSmithKline. She then moved to the University of Southampton for doctoral research on novel fluorescent oligonucleotide probes under the guidance of Prof. Tom Brown. After obtaining her PhD in 2000, she worked as a research scientist for the Life Sciences company Eurogentec. In 2003, she returned to the University of Southampton as a part-time postdoctoral research fellow developing new strategies for the production of imaging agents for use in positron emission tomography, and then completing the total synthesis of cis-sylvaticin. In 2009, she secured a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship to pursue projects centred on enhancing the selectivity of organic reactions by synthesis within nanopores. In 2015 she moved to her current post of a Senior Research Fellow investigating the synthesis of multiply isotopically labelled molecules for imaging applications. Lynda is co-chair of chemistry’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team leading on two Athena Swan submissions since 2013. In her spare time she is a keen runner, completing the London Marathon twice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr Alex Gibson

Dr Alex Gibson

Alex Gibson has over 20 years in the Medical Diagnostics industry a working across different disease areas and modalities and is currently a Business Development Executive working for 2 small UK based companies, Cytox Ltd. & Edinburgh Molecular Imaging.

Following completion of his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Southampton he joined Amersham International as a scientist working in the field of Radiopharmaceutical R&D. Subsequent roles within Amersham and then GE Healthcare included project management, R&D operations and Head of Research Alliances.

 

 

 

 

 

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Professor Jeremy Frey

Professor Jeremy Frey

Jeremy Frey obtained his DPhil on experimental and theoretical aspects of van der Waals complexes in the Physical Chemistry Labs, Oxford University under the supervision of Professor Brian Howard, followed by a NATO/EPSRC fellowship at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and University of California, with Professor Y. T. Lee. In 1984 he took up a lectureship at the University of Southampton, where he is now Professor of Physical Chemistry. His experimental research probes molecular organization in environments from single molecules in molecular beams to liquid interfaces using laser spectroscopy from the IR to soft X-rays. He investigates how e-Science infrastructure supports scientific research with an emphasis on the way digital infrastructure can enhance the intelligent creation, dissemination and analysis of scientific data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr Stephen Goldup

Dr Stephen Goldup

Steve obtained an MChem degree from the University of Oxford where he began his research career with a Part II project in the group of Sir Prof. Jack Baldwin. He continued his research training with a PhD in natural product synthesis under the supervision of Prof. Tony Barrett before shifting focus to apply his synthetic skills to the realisation of mechanically interlocked non-natural products during post-doctoral work with Prof. David Leigh at the University of Edinburgh where in 2007 he was appointed as Fixed Term Lecturer in Organic Chemistry. In 2008 he moved to Queen Mary with the award of a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship and in October 2009 he was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. In October 2014 the group moved to the University of Southampton where Steve took up the position of Associate Professor. Research in the Goldup Group focusses on the synthesis of novel mechanically interlocked molecules and their application as sensors, catalysts and materials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Professor Eric Hope

Professor Eric Hope  - Professor in Inorganic Chemistry and tutor for the MSc Programme at the University of Leicester.

Professor Hope demonstrating the reactivity of fluorine on the “Periodic Table of the Elements”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtWp45Eewtw

2012 Royal Institution Christmas Lecture with Dr Wothers "The Modern Alchemistry reacting Fluorine with Caesium : http://www.richannel.org/christmas-lectures/2012/peter-wothers#/the-modern-alchemist-reacting-fluorine-with-caesium

 

 

 

 

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Dr Graeme Nicholson

Dr Graeme Nicholson

Graeme was appointed to the AWE Plc Board in August 2009. Graeme is the Programme Director with financial, staff responsibilities (2500 scientists, engineers and production staff) and key technologies and processes to support the Weapons Programme and National Security. Graeme leads on work with Other Government Departments and is also the lead for AWE in our international relationships with the United States of America and France.

From 2007 until 2009 Graeme was head of the newly formed Warhead Technology Division bringing all the Warhead Engineers into one organisation within Engineering. The organisation had responsibilities for the major subsystems in a nuclear warhead covering Nuclear Package Engineering through to the Non-Nuclear Components.

From 2003 until 2007 Graeme was head of the Materials Science organisation. This covered chemistry and materials science of nuclear warheads, notably life prediction studies, analytical support and new material development.

Graeme joined AWE in 1991 in Actinide Science and remained in Material Science until 2007. During that period he produced numerous papers (and patents), won the company Science and Technology Award and went on a secondment to the Lawrence Livermore National laboratory. Graeme has a degree and PhD in Chemistry from Bath and Southampton Universities.

Graeme currently coaches swimming for triathletes and competes in Masters Swimming Galas. Graeme is married with one daughter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Graeme Purdy

Graeme has been CEO of Ilika since the company’s spin-out from the University of Southampton in May 2004. He has led the company through three rounds of venture financing, followed by a successful IPO on the London Stock Exchange in May 2010. The company has an international reputation for excellence in its field and has attracted major multinational customers including Toyota, Boeing and Applied Materials. Graeme holds a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD business school in France. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineering and a Sainsbury Management Fellow.

 

 

 

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Professor Andrew Hector

Professor Andrew Hector

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mrs Clare Viney

Mrs Clare Viney CSci CChem FRSC 

Chief Executive Officer, CRAC

Clare is a Chartered Scientist and Chemist with over 17 years’ experience in the science community and not-for-profit sector. CRAC, the independent organisation dedicated to supporting career development and active, career-related learning is a registered UK charity and has been operating since 1964. In higher education CRAC manages Vitae, enhancing the skills and careers of researchers, working with over 200 institutions in 20 countries as they strive for research excellence, innovation and impact.

 Prior to her role at CRAC Clare was with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for 16 years in a variety of roles ensuring that the RSC remains the most influential voice for chemistry in the UK, Europe and beyond. You can also follow her on @clare_viney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr Sarah Billingham

Miss Sarah Billingham

Sarah joined the Science and Technology Facilities Council in July 2017 as Innovation Manager in the Research and Innovation Strategy Team within the Strategy, Planning and Communications Directorate. The SPC Directorate brings together the core functions that are needed to help the organisation shape, communicate and monitor their national and international strategic agenda.

Before joining STFC Sarah spent 2.5 years as a Portfolio Manager in the Healthcare Technologies Theme at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council where she was responsible for the EPSRC’s Digital Health Portfolio.

Prior to EPSRC, Sarah spent three years at the Royal Society of Chemistry in Cambridge after completing her degree (2007) and PhD (2012) in chemistry at the University of Southampton.

 

 

Miss Sharon Todd

 

Miss Ellie Hodges

 

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Dr Jeremy Davis

Jeremy Davis is Director of Hit Discovery and Enabling Technologies at UCB with 24 years’ experience as a medicinal chemist in the Biotech/ Pharmaceutical industry. He obtained his PhD from Southampton University researching the application of organozirconium complexes to organic synthesis.  He joined Celltech as a bench chemist in 1993 and has worked on a diverse range of protein targets with a strong bias towards structure-based drug design across immunology, inflammation and oncology disease areas. His current role is leading hit discovery at UCB to identify small molecule leads for the Immunology and CNS therapeutic areas. He is also responsible for a technology group focused on developing advanced NMR and Mass Spectrometry applications for characterising protein-ligand complexes. More recently research at UCB has focused on antibody-guided identification of small molecule modulators of protein-protein interactions (Lawson; Nature Rev. Drug Disc., 2012, 11, 519-525). In addition Jeremy has a specific interest in the stabilisation of protein-protein interactions1 as an alternate modality to modulate cellular function and is a Principal Investigator in the TASPPI consortium (TArgeted Stabilisation of Protein-Protein Interactions). Jeremy is the project lead representing UCB within the European Lead Factory2 which seeks to provide an innovative hit discovery platform to generate staring points for industry participants and academic drug discovery programs.

Stabilization of protein-protein interactions in drug discovery. Michael Hann, Jeremy Davis, Gavin O’Mahony, Matthew WD Perry, Anna Karawajczyk, Jan Eickhoff, Luc Brunsveld, Richard G Doveston, Lech-Gustav Milroy, Christian Ottmann; Expert opinion on drug discovery (2017), 12(9), 925-940.www.europeanleadfactory.eu

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