Campaign board

The campaign board is made up of a diverse cross section of the community: leaders in the fields of academia, business and media and others who all share a passion for physics.

Since its first meeting in November 2012, the campaign board, originally championed and chaired by the IOP president in 2012, Professor Sir Peter Knight, has volunteered time and expertise to help us build a solid case for supporting the work of the IOP and to make the campaign a success. 

We are exceptionally privileged to have them and thank them for their creativity and inspiration.

Dr Frances Saunders

Dr Frances Saunders CB FREng CEng CPhys FinstP, president of the IOP since October 2013 and current chair of the campaign board.

Frances worked as an electronic engineer in the motor industry before joining the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment as a research scientist. From January 2000, Frances spent four years in the Office of Science and Technology (OST) at the DTI, taking the lead for the management of the interface with the seven Research Councils; this included a wide range of science policy issues as well as representing OST on their Councils and supporting their collective work under the RCUK banner. 

Frances joined the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) in 2003 as Technical Director, moving on to become Operations Director and, from 2006, Chief Executive. She led Dstl through a significant time of change, overseeing the successful implementation of a £200m rationalisation programme, growing Dstl’s turnover from £360m to over £600m and delivering ROCE targets of over 3.5% year on year, while increasing efficiency and thereby reducing costs in real terms to its government clients. 

She took early retirement from the Civil Service in March 2012. Frances was a founding non-executive director of Ploughshare Innovations Ltd, the wholly owned subsidiary of Dstl she set up in 2006 to exploit Dstl’s intellectual property. She has been a member of Cranfield University Council since 2007 and was a member of the Industry Advisory Panel to the Cockroft Institute from 2009-12. She is a member of the Physics Panel for the REF2014 university assessment exercise. She received a CB in the 2011 birthday honours list and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in August 2011.

Professor Francis Allotey HonFinstP : President of the African Physical Society

Professor Francis Allotey HonFinstP is president of the African Physical Society. He graduated from Imperial College in 1960. He has held many academic and advisory posts in his native Ghana and internationally. He served as Pro Vice Chancellor at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), where he founded Ghana’s first computer-science centre.

He is the developer of ‘Allotey Formalism’, which introduced the theory of ‘electron-hole scattering resonances effect on soft X-ray spectroscopy in metals’. This arose from his work in ‘soft x-ray spectroscopy’. He is the recipient of several honorary degrees. He serves on the scientific Council of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics and has chaired the following:

  • The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC).
  • The Technical Committee of the Ghana Government Strategic National Energy Plan (SNEP), which sought to develop a comprehensive energy framework for Ghana up to 2020.
  • Ghana Council for Scientific and Industrial Research; this is responsible for co-ordinating scientific R&D to generate and apply new technologies for society.

He acted as a consultant for UNESCO to promote physics in developing countries and the UN Industrial Development Organisation. Professor Allotey is a board member of the Next Einstein Initiative, which is run by the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS). He is a Patron of AIMS, which was set up by Dr Neil Turok.

Alexander Baker

Alexander Baker has been a member of the Institute of Physics for almost 10 years and currently focuses on the quantitative risk of credit derivatives at Cheyne Capital LLP, a leading European alternative asset manager. He has a background in science, engineering and finance.  

He received his BSc in physics from the University College of London and his master’s of engineering from Loughborough University.  His postgraduate study at the Open University Physics department into R-Matrix scattering methods sparked a deep interest in quantum methods, which he continues as an area of personal scientific research.

Alexander started his career at the department of Electronic Warfare and Stealth as part of the Military Division of British Aerospace, bringing together electromagnetic theory and high-performance computing to model the application of new stealth technologies to modern military jets. Moving to the finance sector in 2001, he has developed a personal interest in data visualisation and open source science software, and is a regular speaker at industry events on topics including effective visualisation of risk analytics and quantum chemistry methods.

Science education is another area of personal interest for Alexander; living with his wife Fiona and young family of girls in rural Wiltshire, the work that the Institute of Physics engages in around the Girls in Physics agenda is of particular interest.

Professor Roger Cashmore CMG FRS FinstP

Professor Roger Cashmore CMG FRS FinstP, has been Chairman of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, since 30 July 2010. At the Royal Society he led the working group on Nuclear Proliferation. 

He is a former Principal of Brasenose College in Oxford, and is a Professor of Experimental Physics in Oxford. Before returning to Oxford, he was Director of Research and Deputy Director General of CERN, the European high energy physics laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was responsible for the experimental programme at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Before leaving for CERN he was Chairman of Physics in Oxford and during his teaching and research career he has more than 200 publications in learned journals.  He has been a Visiting Professor in Tsukuba in Japan, Brussels, Padua, Fermilab in the United States and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Joint Institute of Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia. 

He was awarded the C V Boys Prize of the Institute of Physics and a Research Award by the Alexander von Humbold Foundation in Germany. In 2004 he was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for services to international particle physics. 

Professor Brian Cox OBE FInstP

Professor Brian Cox OBE FInstP has a high profile in the media as a populariser of science to the public, promoting physics, particularly particle physics and cosmology. 

Prof. Brian Cox holds a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and is a PPARC Advanced Fellow and Professor at the University of Manchester where he is a member of the High Energy Physics group. Brian also works on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron collider at CERN.

Brian has made a variety of programmes on both TV and radio, such as 'Moments of genius', 'Einstein's letters', 'Wonders of the Solar System’ and 'Wonders of the Universe'. He has made time too, to deliver a major series of lectures to schools, universities and science societies. He has written and co-authored several books on physics with his long-term collaborator, Jeff Forshaw including Why does E=mc2? and his latest book The Quantum Universe. Brian has won many awards and prizes for communicating the appeal and excitement of physics to the general public, most noticeably from the Royal Society and the Institute of Physics

He is widely respected as a commentator and his views are sought by not only the media but also by government. He is also one of few senior scientists to have been a member of a nationally acclaimed rock band.

Professor Dame Athene Donald DBE FRS FinstP

Professor Dame Athene Donald DBE FRS FinstP is Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on using the ideas of soft-matter physics to study a range of systems of both synthetic and biological origin, including using different types of microscopy. 

Dame Athene has been awarded many prestigious awards at the IOP, including the Faraday Medal in 2010. She was awarded the L’Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science in 2009. Dame Athene was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the UK Resource Centre for Women in 2011. 

Athene has been involved with gender-related activities since 2007, including (from 2010-14) being Cambridge University’s Gender Equality Champion. She has been elected Master of Churchill College, Cambridge, taking up the role in October 2014. Athene became a trustee of the Science Museum Group in 2011 and writes a blog at the Occam’s Typewriter site (and its offshoot, Occam's Corner, at Guardian Science Blogs) as well as the IOP's Physics Focus blog, writing about areas such as interdisciplinary science, careers and diversity issues. 

She chaired the Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship Panel for the Royal Society for six years, was until recently Chair of their Education Committee and is a member of the Royal Society Council. She is a patron of the Daphne Jackson Trust. She was the founding chair of the Institute of Physics Biological Physics Group and the first director of Cambridge University’s Physics of Medicine Initiative.

Claire Flint: Group Human Resources Director

Claire Flint Group Human Resources Director, Oxford Instruments plc, a publicly listed FTSE 250 company specialising in research, development and manufacture of capital equipment and service for industrial and research customers worldwide.

Claire’s expertise has been used to develop a management team that delivered a doubling of the size of the business and 10% improvement in return on sales over a 5-year period and a resultant increase in share price from below £2 to £13, while putting in place an international communications strategy to support growth and cultural change.

Her particular interests are in organisation design, business ethics, management, thus leading activity to develop the Oxford Instruments brand.

Claire has previously held positions at Diageo and Guinness Europe. She is a graduate of history from QMW.

Professor Sir Richard Friend FRS FREng HonFInstP

Professor Sir Richard Friend FRS FREng HonFInstP is the Cavendish Professor of Physics in the University of Cambridge. He has developed the semiconductor physics of pi-conjugated organic polymers and his research group has demonstrated that these materials can be used in range of semiconductor devices, including light-emitting diodes and transistors.

He co-founded Cambridge Display Technology Ltd in 1992 to develop light-emitting diode displays, Plastic Logic Ltd in 2000, to develop polymer transistor circuits that are now being developed as flexible active-matrix backplanes for e-paper displays, as well as Eight-19 Ltd in 2010, to develop plastic solar cells.

He has been awarded numerous global prizes awards and honours in his career.

Prof. Jessica James FInstP

Professor Jessica James FInstP is a Managing Director at Commerzbank in London, where she heads the Quantititive Solutions team.  She joined Commerzbank from Citigroup, where she held a number of FX roles, latterly as global head of the Quantitative Investor Solutions Group. Prior to this she was the head of risk advisory and currency overlay team for Bank One.

Jessica is a frequent speaker at finance conferences, giving seminars to science and finance university departments, bridging the gap between academics and the financial world.

Her previous significant publications include Interest Rate Modelling (Wiley) and Currency Management (Risk Books). She has been closely associated with the development of currency as an asset class, being one of the first to create overlay and currency alpha products.

She is on the board of the Journal of Quantitative Finance and is a Visiting Lecturer at Cass Business School. She writes fantasy and Sci-Fi novels and has a doctorate from Oxford in theoretical atomic and nuclear physics.

Dr Geraldine Kenney- Wallace FRSC, FInst P

Dr Geraldine Kenney- Wallace FRSC, FInst P is company director and chair of Chi 3 Photonics, which focuses on international strategy and growth for start-up technology-based companies.   
She began research at UKAERE Harwell and Oxford research labs, completed her PhD at the University of British Columbia, then became a pioneer in ultrafast lasers, picosecond and femtosecond dynamics, which underpin digital media/comms today. Her research has been recognised by many awards and honorary degrees. 

She was appointed to professorships in North America and France, including Yale University and the University of Toronto, where she also became chair of the University Research Board, and was president and vice chancellor of McMaster University in 1990–1995.

Geraldine’s previous roles included group director of City & Guilds of London Institute (2001-2009), creating the innovative e-learning business, and was founding sponsor (2005) of the UK celebrated E-Learning Awards Gala with Bizmedia. 

As a managing director at BAE SYSTEMS plc HQ, in London, responsible for R&D laboratories, she founded the Virtual University (VU) as a pioneering business and also an international strategy for partnership links into EU, China, India, the Middle East and the US. The VU won the 2000 USA Corporate University Excellence Award for Innovation, sponsored by the Financial Times. She later served as member of UK Engineering Technology Board’s SET Wealth Creation Panel, which reported in 2006 on innovation and early financing. 

Her non-executive Board experience also covers financial services, telecommunications, pharmaceutical and energy sectors. She was appointed international adviser for RIKEN, Japan 2000–2008, and to the Singapore National Science &Technology Board in 1993–1997, for innovation and investments, and led international trade and university missions to this region, as well as in Europe.

Geraldine is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of World Traders.

Lady (Estelle) Wolfson of Marylebone

Lady (Estelle) Wolfson of Marylebone became a Trustee of the Wolfson Foundation following her marriage to Lord Wolfson of Marylebone in 1991. Lord Wolfson, sadly, passed away in 2010. Together they were among the UK's leading philanthropists, providing around £35 million each year through the foundation to support scientific and medical research, education and the arts.

Among the projects that they have supported at Imperial, are the new Wolfson Education Centre for medical students at Imperial's Hammersmith Campus and the Wolfson/Weston Research Centre for Family Health, launched in 2002.

At UCL, the foundation projects include the Wolfson Institute for Biomedicine and Biochemistry, the Institute of Neurology, the Wolfson Laboratory for Cellular Imaging and the Wolfson Centre for Medical Physics and Bioengineering among others.

Lady Wolfson is Honorary President of Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem and holds honorary fellowships at Emmanuel College, Cambridge King's College, London, University College London, Imperial College and the London Royal Albert Hall. She is Trustee of the Wolfson Family Charity Trust, Royal College of Physicians and Royal Society of Medicine.

She is Patron of Royal College of Surgeons, chair of committee for Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and sits on the he Lord Majors Appeal Committee, Red Cross International and Scientific Committee for Worshipful Company Apothecaries.

Lady Wolfson has currently set up 'The Lord and Lady Wolfson Foundation' for preventative medicine and other causes with a legacy from her late husband.

Sir Peter Williams CBE FRS FREng
The IOP campaign board would also like to thank and acknowledge the contributions made by Sir Peter Williams CBE FRS FREng as a founding member of the campaign board until June 2013.

Professor Sir David Wallace CBE FRS FREng FRSE FInstP 
The IOP campaign board would also like to thank and acknowledge the contributions made by Professor Sir David Wallace CBE FRS FREng FRSE FInstP as a founding member of the campaign board until December 2014.