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External advisory board

The external board assists the project team in reviewing their progress and offers strategic advice on the project’s future development. It gathers academics and representatives from several institutions with expertise in gender and science topics. It will meet twice per year.

The board is presently composed as follows:

  • Professor Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen, Professor and Chair of Geography, SUNY Buffalo. She is formerly co-director of the Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender, SUNY Buffalo.
  • Dinah Bennett, founder of ICE (International Consultants for Enterprise & Entrepreneurship), a UK based consultancy that provides insights into enterprise and entrepreneurship worldwide.
  • Dr Harveen Chugh, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Strategy at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Consultant on projects for the NHS and World Bank with the Health Management group at Imperial College, London.
  • Professor Rosemary Deem, Vice-Principal (Education) and Dean of Doctoral School at Royal Holloway, University of London. Before that she was Professor of Education (2001-2009) and Director of Research for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law (2007-2009) at the University of Bristol.  Her main research interests lie in the fields of higher education management, governance, leadership and policy, universities as global organisations and gender inequalities in educational settings.
  • Dr Laurel Edmunds, Senior Systematic Reviewer, Oxford University Medical Sciences Division, her career has included heading up the research in a business consultancy aiming to improve well-being in the workplace, and re-joining Oxford to explore the potential of biotechnology to address future health care needs. Her current research is based around the barriers and facilitators to women in academic medicine which includes conducting systematic reviews, identifying the evidence gaps and informing interventions.
  • Paul Edwards, managing partner of Horton International LLP, heading the global Healthcare Practice Group. Paul is the former CEO of GeneMedix plc, a UK listed biotechnology company, having previously headed Genzyme Corporation's UK operations. In 1997, he was appointed MBE for services to biotechnology.
  • Dr Richard Fagan, Director of BioPharm, UCL Business PLC. He is responsible for Birkbeck’s technology transfer activity.
  • Karen Hands, Director & Principal Consultant - teamwork coach, facilitator, speaker at Thought Into Action Ltd. She is an experienced Professional Coach who has worked with senior women in science and business. She has authored a book on networking.
  • Professor Colette Henry, Head of Department of Business Studies, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland (Consultant). She is Editor of the International Journal of Gender & Entrepreneurship, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Tromsø University Business School, Norway.
  • Jeanne LeRoux, founder of a people consultancy, JLR people solutions, which enables start-up and small businesses to implement the Talent HR delivery model which hitherto has been deemed only for big firms.
  • Professor Asa Lindholm Dahlstrand, Circle, Lund University, research director for the platform “entrepreneurship and innovation”. Her research on entrepreneurship, particularly on university-spin-offs has included a focus on gender and young scholars.
  • Janet Sheath, is a qualified Occupational Psychologist (MSc) counsellor (MBACP), Supervisor (Certificate in Supervision) and Organisational Consultant (Tavistock), NICEC fellow and member of the Career Development Institute.  She teaches on the MSc in Career Management & Coaching at Birkbeck College and is Academic Supervisor at Kingston University with an established career coaching practice alongside.
  • Professor Pooran Wynarczyk, Newcastle University, founder and director of the Small Enterprise Research Unit at Newcastle University Business School, chair of the Diversity Consultative Group and member of Diversity Committee.