Our Team

In2scienceUK Staff

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

Dr Rebecca McKelvey
Dr Rebecca McKelvey Founder & CEO

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.

Stephen Hancock
Stephen HancockHead of Regions

Stephen oversees the delivery of our regional programmes as well as our programme in Oxford and
Reading. Stephen has experience launching and delivering new innovations as well as 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.

Adam Simmons
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.

James Harris
James HarrisRegional Programme Officer
West Midlands

James looks after our students and hosts across the West Midlands region. James brings the experience of connecting schools, academic institutes and businesses in the West Midlands to deliver a number of work experience, careers and employability programmes.

Saffron Hill
Saffron HillRegional Programme Officer
South West

Saffron looks after our South West region, with a focus on Exeter and Bristol.
Saffron is an undergraduate of the University of Exeter, where she has supported widening participation through student ambassador schemes.

Saffron has recently been responsible for the delivery of inclusivity projects with international think tanks.

Luke Mckelvey
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.

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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