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.

Helen Jones
Helen JonesHead of Programmes

Helen is responsible for our programme strategy as well as managing our national partnerships. Helen previously managed the delivery of a portfolio of programmes, including careers-based programmes for the Academy of Medical Sciences and Awards programmes with The Royal Society.

Helen has a passion for supporting disadvantaged youth having worked directly to support students at local schools and colleges in York.

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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.

Jo Maniscalo
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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Luke McKelveyFundraising Lead

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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Paul PinxtenCommunication & Marketing Executive

Paul joined in January 2021 to take on the role of Communication and Marketing Executive. With previous experience in communication and marketing in charities, museums and a cultural calendar joining in2scienceUK is a perfect next step in his career.

He joined the team to help raise awareness and reach all audiences to spread the word on in2scienceUK’s mission of increasing diversity and inclusion in STEM.

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.

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.

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.

Professor Geraint ReesTrustee

Geraint is Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences at UCL and a former Director of the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, a world-leading centre for research on mental processes in the human brain. He is a cognitive neuroscientist and his Wellcome Trust funded work has been recognised by the award of the Royal Society Francis Crick Medal and election to the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Dr Kate HamblinTrustee

Kate is currenlty a co-investigator with CIRCLE at the University of Sheffield. Kate received a PhD from the University of Bath and is has previously worked as a Senior Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing working on a variety of projects including outreach programmes where she evaluated longitudinal impact.

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.

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.

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.

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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Lila WingerTrustee

Lila has taught and managed science courses for over thirty years in the post sixteen sectors where her work focused on supporting students from low-income backgrounds. She also worked as a Tutor Counsellor for the Open University and as a Foundation Programme Manager at South Bank University.

Marzia Farooqui
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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