Our Team

In2scienceUK Staff

We have an exceptional team supporting our students and volunteer placement hosts around the UK.

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Colby BenariCEO

Colby is a dedicated leader in charities and higher education with over ten years of experience of developing programmes to promote diversity in STEM. She previously worked for a range of organisations supporting research in health-related fields, including Cancer Research UK and UCL. Colby is passionate about empowering young people to choose STEM and discover the exciting and varied career pathways that higher education can unlock. 

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Dr Rebecca McKelvey Founder

Rebecca founded In2scienceUK based on her first-hand experience, having worked in both research and education, of the lack of STEM experience opportunities and information for young people from low-income and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Prior to kick-starting In2scienceUK, Rebecca was Head of Science at an East London school, having completed her PhD in Neuroscience at UCL.

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Stephen HancockHead of Innovation & Operations

Stephen oversees the delivery of our online programmes and organisational operations. Stephen has experience launching and delivering new innovations, including educational and healthcare programmes with non-profits, NGOs and spin-outs.

Having always been active in both formal and informal education, it is a passion for engaging students across the UK with new technology, innovation and research that led him to In2scienceUK.

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Adam SimmonsHead of Education

Adam is responsible for Educational and Student programming and is our Safeguarding Lead. Adam has dedicated his professional life to directly impacting the lives of disadvantaged young people.
Prior to In2scienceUK Adam was a maths teacher at schools in the UK and internationally.

More recently, Adam spent 3 years leading the coordination of a clinical therapy programme for young people with Hemiplegia.

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Ty WatsonHead of Development

Ty is an experienced senior fundraiser having led development and communications in charities and higher education. Ty oversees the fundraising team and has a passion for social mobility.

Ty is an active member of the community, coaching the mighty Oadby Wyggs under 8s rugby team and volunteering for a number of local charities. 

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Anishta ShegobinHead of Programmes

Anishta is passionate about empowering young people to help them achieve their full potential. As Head of Programmes at In2scienceUK, Anishta is at the forefront of developing In2scienceUK’s ambitious plans and putting them into action.

Prior to In2scienceUK, Anishta brings several years of experience overseeing, developing and delivering a range of programmes across small and large charitable organisations including the Prince’s Trust.

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Luke McKelveyDevelopment Manager

Luke is responsible for the development of partnerships with businesses and the wider STEM community as well as implementing our new development and fundraising strategy.

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Jo ManiscalcoHost & Volunteer Lead

Jo is responsible for delivering our Host and Volunteer programming. Jo joined in 2019 to support the delivery of our successful London programme, delivering over 300 placements across the city.

As a former In2scienceUK participant Jo knows how effective the programme can be and how to support hosts to deliver a fantastic placement.

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Sharon AmadiProgramme Support Coordinator

Sharon has diverse experience in youth empowerment and children’s education. She has been involved in projects and created initiatives which maximise young people’s potential. Her aim is to provide youth with equal access to opportunities for professional and personal development.

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Tom GidlowRegional Programme Officer – Midlands, South West, and Wales

Tom joined us at the start of 2021. Based in Birmingham, he is responsible for relationships in the Midlands, Exeter, Bristol, and Wales, helping us to maintain good connections with schools, colleges, universities, and businesses in the region and beyond.

His professional experience is in Widening Participation and languages education. As such, Tom has always been driven to help young people achieve their potential.

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Rebecca KnowlsonRegional Programme Officer – North

Rebecca joined the team in January 2021 to support the expansion of the In2ScienceUK programme in the North. Rebecca looks after students and volunteers in this region and also contributes to the development and delivery of summer programme content.

Rebecca is passionate about making STEM subjects fun and accessible to young people and brings experience of science communication, public engagement and educational programming from roles at science centres, museums and most recently BBC Bitesize.

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Jamal KinsellaIn2research Coordinator

Jamal joined in 2021 and now runs In2research, a year-long programme that supports people from underrepresented backgrounds progress to PhDs.

Jamal had no direction in school until he met an inspiring mentor and worked in a university on a psychology research project. Now, he wants to help young people have similar opportunities by managing an inspiring programme that opens science up to everyone.

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Rebecca JelbertAlumni Officer

Becky manages the Alumni Community, which builds on the success of the core programme by supporting In2scienceUK alumni throughout their STEM careers.

Becky has significant experience working in university fundraising and alumni engagement, particularly in widening access to higher education. She has a background in the performing arts and in training people to build their confidence in writing and public speaking. 

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Sophie KayeCommunications and Marketing Executive

Sophie leads on the marketing and communications activities for In2scienceUK, helping us to successfully deliver our programme and meet our fundraising ambitions. 

Sophie is an experienced marketing and communications professional having worked in both the Further and Higher Education sector. Sophie has managed a number of successful marketing campaigns, and has also led a volunteering programme of over 900 Alumni and Industry Fellows, supporting students with their employability skills at Nottingham Trent University.

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Kristian WrennDevelopment Officer

Kristian joined us in 2022 as part of our expansion in developing partnerships with businesses and the wider STEM community as well as helping with our new development and fundraising strategy.

Kristian has a background in building relationships between businesses, communities and organisations through his extensive experience as a Councillor and with years of professional experience in both private and public sector roles.

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Katherine Graves
 In2research Programme Coordinator

Katherine joined In2scienceUK as an intern, she was recently successfully promoted to Programme Coordinator, where she runs the year-long In2research programme. She has been crucial to the planning and delivery of many aspects of the programme, and is working on the expansion of In2research beyond STEM.


Katherine brings her passion for widening access to research to the role, and uses her first-hand knowledge of postgraduate education to make sure the participants get the most out of In2research.

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Tim Green
Programme Intern

Tim joined the In2scienceUK team in March 2022 as a Programmes Intern, helping to support with recruitment and development.

Tim graduated from the University of York in 2021. As a student he was heavily involved with student recruitment, outreach work and widening participation. Tim believes strongly in equal access to education, and is excited to support young people in his role at In2scienceUK.

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Ciara ByrneProgramme Intern

Ciara joined the team in May 2022 to help support the students and the setting up of the 2022 summer programme.  

Prior to this, Ciara graduated from the University of Leeds in 2020 and spent a year working on a community outreach project as part of the Covid-19 vaccination programme. She brings her enthusiasm for outreach and promoting equal opportunities to the role.

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Poppy AvesIn2research Programme Intern

Poppy joined In2scienceUK as an In2research Programme Intern in June 2022, supporting with recruitment and development of the programme. 

Poppy has experience working with young people in schools and at university-level, which fuelled her passion for widening access to higher education. Poppy believes that education is a right and not a privilege, and is excited to empower young people to fulfil their potential. 

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Neda ShishmanovaIn2research Programme Intern


Neda joined In2scienceUK in July 2022 as a Programmes Intern, helping with the delivery of the 2022 summer programme. 

Neda has participated in and worked for various youth education initiatives, including the Erasmus+ student exchange programme across Europe. Neda is passionate about allowing young people equal access to experiences that allow them to gain confidence and develop their skills.  

In2scienceUK Trustees

We are supported and governed by our Board of Trustees, who bring with them vast expertise of STEM industry, Academia, Research and Education.

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Jonathan FlowersChair of Trustees

Jonathan is an experienced chair and non-executive director, with over 22 years’ board experience alongside more than 30 years working at senior levels in the private and public sectors. Doing a degree in Maths followed by an MSc in Operational Research was crucial to his own story and he’s keen to give similar opportunities to many others. He later received an MBA from London Business School, was a member of the executive board of a major financial services organisation, and deputy chief executive of a County Council.

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James RussellTrustee

James is Group Head of Communications at Nord Anglia Education. He is a senior communications leader with extensive experience of delivering strategic communications and sustainability programmes that enhance the corporate reputation and strengthen stakeholder engagement.

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Gillian ChannerTrustee

Gillian is Chief Product Officer for the Software Division at Capita Plc and a qualified Executive Coach with extensive experience in Information Technology leading organisational change programmes. This is underpinned by a passion to develop individuals and teams to achieve their potential using advanced coaching and behavioural change approaches, and leading programmes to help nurture tomorrow’s leaders.

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Professor John MitchellTrustee

John is Vice-Dean Education in the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences and a Professor of Communications Systems Engineering. He is also Co-Director of the Centre for Engineering Education which aims to improve the education of engineers and to encourage more young people to study and make careers in engineering.

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Professor Vicky PopeTrustee

Vicky had a long and successful career in the UK Met Office in a variety of roles – as a climate science researcher, programme manager, communicator of publicly important science and partnership developer. She is now building a portfolio career focussing on issues that she cares about and where she can make a tangible difference.

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Marzia FarooquiTrustee

Marzia has an MBA from the University of Southern California and currently works as a Finance Director for Experian, plc.  She has over 16 years of experience supporting businesses across multiple industries at various points in their growth cycles achieve their financial objectives.

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Bryan WilliamsTrustee

Professor Bryan Williams is Chair of Medicine at UCL and Consultant Physician, Senior Director and Board Member at University College London Hospitals. As Director of the NIHR University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre, he leads one of Europe’s leading biomedical research centres. His election to the Academy of Medical Sciences is recognition that he is one of the UK’s leading clinical scientists. Having navigated the obstacles himself to get there, he is passionate about promoting better opportunities for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed at the highest level in science.

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Nick MarsdenTrustee

Nick is currently a member of UCL’s Advancement team specialising in corporate partnerships and philanthropy. Prior to this Nick held senior fundraising roles for leading organisations including the Science Museum Group, the Design Museum and the Royal Albert Hall, and also worked as a fundraising consultant for a number of small charities.

Clare Ray
Clare RayTrustee

Clare Ray is a Reader in Widening Participation in Biomedical Education and is the College of Medical and Dental Sciences lead for Outreach and Widening Participation at the University of Birmingham. She leads a range of successful schemes and activities that promote the participation, success, and progression of underrepresented groups in Higher Education. Clare is the Chair of the National Medical Schools Widening Participation Forum. She is cardiovascular and respiratory physiologist with teaching responsibilities across a range of biomedical and healthcare undergraduate programmes and she is a senior fellow of the HEA.

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Paul Topping Trustee

Paul works with the Council for International Schools supporting school boards and leaders in their journey towards accreditation. Prior to that, he led two large state-maintained schools in the UK and an international school in mainland Europe over a 16 year period as Headteacher or Principal. A former National Leader of Education, Paul is an alumnus of the University of Liverpool and Open University, a scientist by training and keen to use his experience to encourage young people into STEM related careers.

Kate Grant
Kate GrantTrustee

Kate Grant has an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge and is currently Director of West Midlands Network at Cadent Gas Limited. Kate has made the ’Top 50 Women in Engineering’ (WE50) list for 2021 for her work towards solutions to the climate change crisis as well as for her work as a STEM ambassador.

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Phoebe Reynolds-WhiteheadTrustee

Phoebe is a In2scienceUK alumnus, from there she went on to study Human Sciences at the University of Oxford and is now completing her PhD at KCL in the Department of Developmental Neurobiology. 

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