Rebecca’s background is ecology, and she studied butterfly migration for her PhD. She has since had a varied career in science communication, both in the charity sector and as a consultant. Projects she has worked on include educational events, ecology citizen science projects, developing education resources and taking Nobel Laureates to inspire students in universities around the world. In her role at the Society of Biology she co-ordinated Biology Week, a celebration of biosciences in the UK and beyond. She has a particular interest in digital communications. Outside work, she is a keen traveller and fiction writer.
Jane is from the technology sector, working for IBM and then as CEO of an innovative software development company, taking it from start-up to sale to a US company Jane has since held a portfolio of non-executive directorships with large and small companies, ranging from the John Lewis Partnership to technology start-ups. She has also held non-executive roles in the Department for Work & Pensions and the Ministry of Justice, and has acted as advisor to various companies, public sector bodies and investment banks.
Jane is currently a non-executive director of StatPro plc, F&C Global Smaller Companies plc, Nominet Ltd and her local Citizen’s Advice Bureau. She was awarded an MBE for services to the IT sector in 1991, and an OBE for services to the public service and voluntary sector in 2009.
Marta began her career as a biologist and has a long-standing interest in the part that Galapagos has played in our understanding of evolution. As a half Ecuadorian this is even closer to her heart, and she hopes to make a valuable contribution to help safeguard the islands’ natural heritage. Marta lived in Galapagos whilst working for the Charles Darwin Foundation, where she experienced first-hand the scientific and funding challenges faced by the Galapagos and by researchers more broadly. She chairs GCT’s programmes and grants committee.
She is currently the Executive Director of the UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR), which ensures strategic coherence across UK government departments and research funders of international development. Prior to this she has worked at various world-leading organisations developing and implementing research funding partnerships and capacity strengthening initiatives in developing countries. Marta has a research background in malaria with a PhD in parasitology from Imperial College London. She is also a Trustee of the Royal Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.