The Committee and Trustees

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.

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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 chair.cis(at)

General Secretary: Gavin Merrifield

Gavin graduated with a PhD in Medical Physics from the University of Edinburgh and an undergraduate degree in Physics with Astrophysics from the University of Exeter. Before moving into Research Support roles, he spent 10 years in preclinical biomedical MRI researching everything from Quality Assurance in functional brain imaging, to the metamorphosis of caterpillars and the hearts of zebrafish and spiders. He has long been involved in science-based public engagement, especially for Christians and church groups. Gavin is also on the Committees of the Manchester CiS local group and the national Science and Religion Forum. He is a member of Holy Trinity Stalybridge.

The email address for the General Secretary – secretary(at)

Development Officer: Jack Alderson 


Jack can be contacted at jack.cis(at)




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 maryb.cis(at)

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.

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: Colin Taylor

Colin graduated in Marine Biology at University College Swansea and then, as a postgraduate, through research into estuarine ecology at Stirling.  Working initially for an environmental regulator, he subsequently spent much of his career in the energy sector, initially on the government’s tidal power programme and nuclear new build, and latterly in developing and leading the marine studies programme supporting the environmental assessment and engineering design of the new nuclear stations proposed at Hinkley Point, Sizewell and Bradwell.  He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London.  Since retiring in 2018 he has worked seasonally as an expedition guide and lecturer on small cruise ships operating in the Arctic and around Antarctica.  He has been a member of CiS (and RSCF before it) for many years and has served as church secretary and trustee in his local church.

The email address for the Membership Secretary – membership(at)

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 – treasurer(at)

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. Rhoda 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.





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 Berry Billingsley

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Prof Bill Clegg

Bill graduated in Chemistry from Cambridge, where he also obtained his PhD in 1973.  He has spent most of his career at Newcastle University except for 6 years in Göttingen (Germany).  His area of research is X-ray crystallography including the development of facilities using synchrotron radiation.  Retired in 2009, he continues with part-time research and also serves as a University Chaplain.  For leisure he’s a keen cyclist, choral tenor, and involved in amateur dramatics


Prof Paul Ewart

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




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.


Rev Angela Lynas

Angela graduated from The University of Sheffield in Genetics in 1979 and worked in research and development in the pharmaceutical industry for over 30 years, initially as a Cytogeneticist at Beecham Pharmaceuticals then at Glaxo, GlaxoWellcome and GlaxoSmithKline, gaining her Masters on the way. Angela branched out into various roles including scientific training, quality and international risk management before early retirement in 2011.  A long-term member of CiS, she started training for ordination in 2011 and now serves as an Anglican Self Supporting Minister in Hertfordshire, Diocese of St Albans.


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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