Heads of department
Everything you need to know about the IOP’s heads of department.
Head of People and Organisational Development
Andrea joined IOP in March 2019 and is responsible for the HR, facilities and IT teams, ensuring that the delivery of the people and working environment strategies are based on a strong values-based culture across the organisation.
Her current focus is on developing and delivering new ways of working to support the development of the IOP and the delivery of its strategy.
Prior to joining IOP, Andrea held senior leadership roles in a range of membership and not-for-profit organisations in the health sector. She holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s in personnel and development, is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and is an MBTI practitioner.
Anne Crean CPhys FInstP
Head of Science and Innovation
Anne joined IOP in 2014 and is responsible for the organisation’s science and innovation work to advance physics and its applications.
Anne is part of the senior leadership team, which provides oversight for member engagement.
An integral part of Anne’s role is looking at the ways in which IOP supports business and industry, as well as strengthening the systems within which physicists work.
The IOP’s awards, special interest groups, conferences and physics insights data analytics are also part of Anne’s remit.
Prior to joining IOP, Anne held multiple executive and non-executive director posts. She was chair and non-executive director of a cleantech investment company, CEO of a company that raised over £120m to support business growth, and the London Development Agency's director of business, innovation and skills programmes with a budget of £180m and multidisciplinary team of over 90 staff.
She was a director of partnerships at a research and technology organisation delivering research and development contracts and knowledge-transfer programmes, where she was lead partner in a successful £500m bid to manage a national innovation facility.
Anne studied and carried out physics research at the University of the West of Scotland, Heriot-Watt University, the University of St Andrews and the University of Essex, specialising in photonics and ultrafast lasers.
Head of English Regions
Claire joined the IOP in October 2020 and is responsible for delivering our ambitious strategy across England. Prior to joining the IOP, Claire was north-west regional director for the Institute of Directors (IoD), where she developed a collaborative community of business leaders across all sectors.
She overhauled the events and training offering, and delivered a comprehensive diversity and inclusivity programme to make the IoD more accessible to non-traditional audiences, increasing the number of black, Asian and minority ethnic, female and LGBT members, event attendees, and awards applicants and winners. She led online ‘Conversations on Race’ during the Black Lives Matter protests, and established the UK’s first LGBT+ Directors’ Network, which she continues to run.
Before that, Claire worked for The Co-operative Group, where she designed and led national cross-sectoral business advice programmes for co-ops, managing over 135 business advisors across the UK.
While there, she also ran member engagement campaigns, making difficult subjects, such as climate change, trade justice and co-operation, accessible to the public through movies, plays and photographic street galleries. This included managing the live broadcast of the UK premiere of Oscar-nominated film Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country to 45 cinemas across the country in 2009, and executive producing a film about the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers, which was screened on Film4.
Claire is passionate about equality, social mobility and driving positive change. In a voluntary capacity, she is a trustee for Forever Manchester, the community foundation for Greater Manchester, and an adviser for She Leads For Legacy, which aims to reduce the barriers faced by black women aspiring to senior leadership and board-level positions.
Head of Governance and Compliance
David joined IOP in January 2020 and leads on IOP’s compliance programme, ensuring that its governance structure reflects a modern organisation.
David trained and qualified as a solicitor with Clifford Chance in London and Hong Kong before taking up the role as head of legal for a company in Hong Kong. He then moved to a major national law firm as a corporate/commercial solicitor where his main focus was on the gas and electricity sector.
He worked for National Grid and its group/successor businesses for 19 years, joining as a senior solicitor, then working as general counsel for a National Grid group company where he was a member of the executive team and both established and led the legal, compliance, risk and audit function. He was then appointed as head of secretariat and company secretary for the newly divested National Grid gas distribution business.
David has extensive corporate governance and board experience, having been a company secretary for 15 years.
Head of International Relations
Dominic joined IOP in September 2019 and is responsible for developing the international strategy, building on existing work with international organisations, and supporting the physics sector to work and collaborate internationally whilst solidifying the IOP’s position as a global thought leader.
Dominic has significant experience in complex, high-profile international settings having previously worked for the mayor of London in two roles, as head of international relations, and head of diplomatic and business engagement for the London 2012 Olympics, and in addition was head of international relations at the Law Society. Dominic has also worked at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, for a local authority and in academia.
Dominic has a degree from the University of Essex and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.
Head of Campaign Strategy
Ray joined IOP in August 2019 and is responsible for the development and delivery of IOP’s first public-facing influencing campaign programme across the UK and Ireland.
Prior to joining IOP, Ray worked for a several non-governmental organisations including Amnesty International, Age UK and the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood.
He has a proven track record of over 30 years in developing and delivering successful evidence-based influencing strategies in the UK and more than 20 countries around the world.
In previous roles, he has provided support to United States Agency for International Development-funded campaigns in Afghanistan and Yemen, and a Gates Foundation-funded, citizen-led accountability coalition involving Save the Children and World Vision, among others.
His last role, before joining IOP, was as a strategic communications adviser to the European Investment Bank. He has also been a mentor to colleagues at the National Network for Children, Bulgaria and TPO Uganda.
Head of Communications and Marketing
Liz joined IOP at the beginning of 2019 and is responsible for the IOP’s communications, media, brand and marketing, and digital teams.
Prior to joining IOP, Liz spent the majority of her career in the charity and not-for-profit sectors including holding leadership roles at charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, pioneering online youth charity YouthNet and children and young people’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
Liz moved into the membership and professional body arena with roles at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and joined IOP from allied health professional body the College of Podiatry.
Liz has a strong interest in leadership development and is a member of the Chairs and Facilitators Executive of respected cross-sector leadership organisation the Windsor Leadership trust, where she regularly facilitates on leadership programmes.
An experienced trustee, Liz was also until recently governor of a secondary school in Hastings.
Tajinder Panesor MInstP
Head of Membership
Taj joined IOP in March 2000 and, in his current role, is responsible for membership administration, member recruitment, engagement and retention, and professional registration and progression.
He is also responsible for the management of the organisation’s customer relationship management (CRM) system, as well as current line management of the Diversity and Inclusion team.
Prior to becoming head of membership in January 2019, Taj worked in several other roles, most notably international affairs, science policy, and commercial event management, including for Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, Harefield Hospital, and Glaxo Group Research.
He holds a BSc in applied biochemistry and an MSc in environmental pollution science. He is a member of the IOP.
Head of Wales
Eluned joined the IOP in 2020 and is responsible for leading our strategy for Wales.
A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a former politician, Eluned brings significant experience of working in policy and public engagement in the public and third sectors.
She was a shadow minister for the economy, science and transport in Senedd Cymru, and also led high-profile campaigns and debates on mental health, educational inclusion and skills.
Immediately before joining the IOP, Eluned was the first director of the Unite Foundation, a young educational charity working with care-experienced and estranged students across the UK.
In this role she undertook a major strategic review and advised government on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on lone students.
She was also founding director of a specialist communications agency where she led on sustainability, inclusion, engagement and community development for major infrastructure bids, and lectured on communications and public policy for postgraduate students and early-career researchers.
In addition to her work with the IOP, Eluned is a trustee of the National Botanic Garden of Wales and an infrastructure commissioner for Wales, in which capacity she often speaks on sustainability, transport and energy.
Head of Finance
Hasit joined IOP in September 2018 and is responsible for providing leadership and direction across finance service delivery, including the management of the relationship between group finance and the IOP.
Hasit oversees the production of budgets and forecasts and supports the long-term finance plans including cash flow and investment planning.
Prior to joining IOP, Hasit supported directors across various businesses within financial services (Morgan Stanley, Lloyds Banking Group, Hyperion Insurance Group and the Money Advice Service) and oil and gas (BP) to drive improved business performance and results, transform finance functions, generate efficiencies, and redeploy activities to nearshore and offshore shared service centres.
Hasit graduated from Cass Business School (City, University of London) with a BSc in investment and financial risk management.
Hasit is also involved in voluntary media relations activities for the large Hindu temple in Neasden, London and regularly engages with international and national media companies.
Head of Programme Office
Danny joined IOP in 2015 and is responsible for leadership of the Programme Office, encompassing project/programme delivery, assurance, fundraising and grant management functions.
Prior to joining IOP, Danny held several roles in the not-for-profit sector, working in partnership with stakeholders in government, healthcare, industry and academia.
Danny’s experience also includes implementing improved cancer-gene testing for patients in the NHS, developing e-learning resources for healthcare professionals and delivering educational programmes with schools and universities. Danny is a graduate of the University of Leeds, where he conducted a research project into novel antimalarial compounds as part of a master’s degree in chemical biology.
Head of London Outreach, Engagement & Partnerships
Louise joined IOP in 2017 and is responsible for public engagement within the IOP’s London building and with local communities in and around Islington. Additionally, she manages relationships with the Knowledge Quarter and other key stakeholders.
Her current focus is ensuring that public engagement is driven and informed by the IOP’s influencing campaign and that it supports the aims of the IOP’s strategy, by developing public dialogue framed by community conversations around the UK and Ireland.
Prior to joining IOP, Louise held programme leadership positions with English PEN and the public health programme of Open Society Foundations, where she was based in New York, supporting grantees from marginalised communities in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and sub-Saharan Africa on their campaigns for better access to public health.
Prior to that she had 20 years’ broadcast experience with the BBC World Service, and Radio 3 and 4.
Head of Education
Charles joined IOP in 2006. He is responsible for IOP’s work in education, specifically overseeing projects for recruiting and retaining teachers, supporting physics teachers’ professional development (including the Stimulating Physics Network projects), improving diversity and inclusion in schools, developing a physics curriculum that is fit for purpose and producing resources to support teachers and students.
He also advises on education policy and works closely with education departments and sibling organisations through the policy alliance.
Charles started teaching in Hertfordshire in 1987, where he worked as a physics teacher, head of physics, head of science and as an adviser. He has also worked as a consultant for the BBC and Channel 4 and has developed educational websites (including the Bafta-winning Homework High for Channel 4).
Over the years, he has written textbooks, been involved in curriculum development and led subject-based continuing professional development sessions for teachers. Among other things, he has spent more than 30 years worrying about the teaching of energy.