The Committee

Committee and Trustees

The activities of CiS are overseen by the CiS committee, which is drawn from the membership and meets three or more times during the year. CiS also has a number of Trustees – listings are below the Committee.

Committee Chair: Prof Paul Ewart

Paul graduated in Physics from Queen’s University Belfast and has spent most of his career at Oxford University where he served as Head of the Department of Atomic and Laser Physics. He has been Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellow and a visiting professor at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, Boulder, USA, the École Normale Supérièure, Paris and the University of Otago, New Zealand. His research has ranged from fundamental physics of quantum and non-linear optics to laser applications in engineering and chemistry relevant to reduction of climate-changing effects in the environment. He is an active member of a local church near Oxford and convener of the Oxford Forum for Science and Religion.

The email address for the Committee Chair is [email protected]

General Secretary: Dr Diana Briggs

Diana is based in Oxford. In addition to her role as CiS General Secretary, she is also Secretary to the Trustees of CiS and coordinates the Oxford Local Group. She is a former Trustee of CiS. Diana studied Biochemistry at Otago University (New Zealand) and obtained a DPhil in Protein Chemistry from Oxford. Following post-docs in Molecular and Cell Biology in both London and Oxford, she was a scientific advisor for a small biotech company for a number of years.

The email address for the General Secretary – [email protected]

Development Officer: Mrs Steph Bevan

Steph Bevan graduated in Physics and Music at Cardiff University and then trained to be a Physics Teacher at the Institute of Education, London. After teaching for four years in both London and then Cardiff she began working for the Institute of Physics as a Gender Balance Coach for Wales. She continues working part-time for the Institute of Physics, now as the Public Engagement Manager in Cardiff. This is alongside her role as Development Officer and as a Trustee of the Kepplewray Centre, a Christian Outdoors Centre based in the Lake District. Steph can most often be found somewhere outdoors either climbing, kayaking or cycling.

Steph can be contacted at [email protected]


Executive Officer: Mrs Mary Browett

Mary has worked in a diverse number of industries from IT, Construction, Retail, NHS etc but has always had an interest in the Sciences. From looking through microscopes to star gazing, biology, geology, chemistry, and the list goes on. Mary lives in Devon.

Mary can be contacted at [email protected]



Journal Editor: Prof Keith Fox

Keith Fox is Professor of Biochemistry at Southampton University, where he leads research on the sequence specific recognition of DNA by small molecules, oligonucleotides and proteins, and is Senior Executive Editor of the journal Nucleic Acids Research. He is also Associate Director of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion in Cambridge. He is a former chairman and trustee of Christians in Science and is a lay reader at Highfield Church, Southampton.

Interview:  pdf version  (236 kb)

Centre for Biological Sciences, Life Science Building 85, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ


Journal Reviews Editor: Prof Meric Srokosz

Meric Srokosz is a Trustee and on the Committee. He is professor of physical oceanography at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton and former associate director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge. He is the science coordinator of the Rapid Climate Change programme ( His research interests span satellite oceanography, the ocean’s role in climate, waves, and biological-physical interactions in the upper ocean. He is a trustee of Christians in Science.


Membership Secretary: Dr David Scott

David Scott joined RSCF when he graduated in 1976 and has benefitted from RSCF/CiS throughout a PhD and various jobs bridging academic teaching and hospital clinical pharmacy practice in Birmingham, Cardiff, Nairobi and Oxford. After retiring, he spent 3 years teaching in Malawi’s College of Medicine and is now trying to retire again. He is still working on NHS Clinical Research Ethics Committees.

The email address for the Membership Secretary – [email protected]

Treasurer: Dr Stephen Walley

Stephen Walley graduated PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1983. He then worked as a Research Associate at the Cavendish Laboratory. Although retiring in 2014, he is still professionally active in the SMF Fracture and Shock Physics at the Cavendish. Over the years, he has been involved in a number of projects including ballistic impact on glass/polymer laminates, ignition mechanisms of propellants, and high strain rate mechanical properties of polymers, metals and energetic materials. He is secretary of the DYMAT Association (and on its Governing Board).

The email address for the Treasurer is – [email protected]

International Secretary: Dr Rhoda Hawkins

Dr Rhoda Hawkins is a senior lecturer in Physics at the University of Sheffield and a visiting lecturer at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences. Before becoming a lecturer she worked as a postdoc in Amsterdam, Paris and Bristol. She did her PhD at the University of Leeds and her undergraduate studies at the University of Oxford. She has been a member of Christians in Science since her student days and served on the committee as a PhD student rep. More recently she was the first Oliver Barclay lecturer.


Education Secretary: Stephen Thompson

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Postgrad Rep: Carl Thomas

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Dr Roger Tucker

Roger is a technology researcher turned entrepreneur who describes his research career as the “science of the non-existent”. He started out as an academic with a PhD in Speech over Packet-Switched Networks (now VoIP) – long before the days of the internet, or even networks with enough bandwidth to carry voice. After lecturing for a few years he moved back into full-time research in a contract R&D start-up, Ensigma, working on a wide range of speech processing technologies based on totally unrealistic but very effective models of human speech production. He then joined Hewlett Packard Research Labs working on technologies relevant for a future where computing processing and memory would be much faster & bigger – which of course they now are. He latterly worked on technologies for development, being Director of the Local Language Speech Technology Initiative, before founding Sonocent Ltd in 2007 to tackle the problem of note-taking in Higher Education, particularly for students with dyslexia. He recently retired as CEO but remains as Chairman of Sonocent’s board.

Gavin Merrifield

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Trustees Chair: Prof John Wood CBE, FREng.

Retired materials scientist who has worked at several UK Universities and Research Institutions having been Chief Executive of the Rutherford-Appleton and Daresbury Laboratories and subsequently Principal of the Faculty of Engineering at Imperial College finally ending up as Secretary-General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. His research focused on “atomic anarchy” or putting atoms where they did not want to be.” He is now a consultant to the European Commission on research strategy and to CERN in Geneva for Open Science and Open Innovation as chair of the ATTRACT project bringing together 6 international laboratories and a number of universities.


Prof Paul Ewart

Paul is a Trustee and Committee chair (see details above)




Prof Berry Billingsley

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Professor Bill Clegg

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Prof Andrew Halestrap

Andrew is Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry and Senior Research Fellow at Bristol University. He has published more than 200 original research papers, is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and was awarded Keilin Memorial Lecture of the Biochemical society in 2010. He has served in various leadership roles in his church and academia including being a past Chair of both the British Heart Foundation Project Grants Committee and the Bristol Heart Institute. His research interests include how lactic acid crosses cell membranes and the role of mitochondria in the healthy and diseased heart (see





Jos Moule

Jos studied Biological Sciences at Bristol University before working for six years as a medical virologist with the Public Health Laboratory Service where among other areas of interest he specialised in the diagnosis of post viral fatigue syndrome.  He subsequently retrained as a solicitor and is a partner in the firm of Veale Wasbrough Vizards where he specialises in advising companies, charities and social enterprises.  He is the registrar of the dioceses of Gloucester and Truro and was co-author of the first edition of Charity Governance published by Jordans.


Prof Euan Nisbet

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Prof Meric Srokosz

Meric is a Trustee and on the Committee (see details above)