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Heads of department

Everything you need to know about the IOP’s heads of department.


Andrea Barber

Head of People and Organisational Development

Andrea Barber

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 Crean IOP

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.

Patrick Cusworth

Head of Policy

Patrick Cusworth

Patrick joined IOP at the beginning of 2020, and is responsible for leading on the organisation’s policy development and engagement.

Before joining IOP, he worked with a number of science projects, making the case for greater support and investment in research and development. He holds a master’s degree in law, and a postgraduate qualification in economics.

David Howitt

Head of Governance and Compliance

David Howitt

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.

Dominic Hurley

Head of International Relations

Dominic Hurley

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.

Ray Mitchell

Head of Campaign Strategy

Ray Mitchell

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.

Liz North

Head of Communications and Marketing

Liz North

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

Tajinder Panesor

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.

Hasit Patel

Head of Finance

Hasit Patel

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.

Daniel Riddell

Head of Programme Office

Daniel Riddell

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.

Louise Swan

Head of London Outreach, Engagement & Partnerships

Louise Swan

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.

Charles Tracy

Head of Education

Charles Tracy

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.