The bloggers

Becky Purvis

Becky Purvis

Becky joined AMRC in 2008 and has been head of policy since 2011. She previously worked at the Science Media Centre from 2003 to 2005, moving on to work on science policy in Westminster for Dr Evan Harris, MP.

Becky was AMRC’s original medical research policy blogger, which she fitted in around supporting members,  coordinating AMRC’s policy work, managing the APPG on Medical Research and running our policy and public affairs network.

She is currently coordinating a coalition of charities and organisations with an interest in health research, as they feed into the NHS reforms.

Becky studied natural sciences at Durham University and has an MSc in science communication from Imperial College, London.

Martin Turner

Martin is a policy officer at AMRC, which he joined in October 2011. His work spans much of AMRC’s activities but his main interests are in animal research and the contribution of science to the economy and society.

He has a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Sheffield and spent his undergrad years at Manchester University. He has previously worked in an NHS pathology lab, interned at Sense About Science, and founded a science communication charity called Science Brainwaves.

Shar Nebhrajani

Sharmila Nebhrajani has been chief executive of AMRC since November 2011.

Sharmila has enjoyed a varied career, spanning media, technology and health. She spent 12 years at the BBC where she was most recently the chief operating officer and finance director of BBC Future Media and Technology, managing the business functions of bbc.co.uk including the launch of the iPlayer. Before joining AMRC she was executive director of finance and performance for NHS Sussex.

She started her career in management consulting after graduating in physiological sciences from the University of Oxford, and worked on corporate finance and strategy projects for a range of private sector clients in media, telecoms and technology around the world.

Shar holds non-executive roles in the health and science sectors including the Charity Commission, the University of Sussex, the Institute for Cancer Research and the Food Standards Agency.

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