Policy and Advocacy team

We aim to influence policy developments so that researchers can be as effective as possible and health can be improved.

We work with a wide range of partners – including governments, research funders, learned societies, charities and commercial organisations – in the UK, Europe and globally. 

Ed Whiting

Director of Policy and Chief of Staff

Natalie Paloma-Solis

Executive Assistant to Ed Whiting

Beth Thompson

Head of UK and EU Policy

Michelle Marshall

PA and Team Coordinator

Martin Smith

Policy Manager

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Natalie Banner

Policy Adviser (on secondment)

Ben Bleasdale

Policy Adviser

Contact about:

UK research investment, funding structures, Research Excellence Framework, What’s it Worth studies.

Amelia Dearman

Policy Officer

Contact about:

immigration, innovation policy, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Medical Research, parliamentary communications, diversity, education and skills.

Simon Hall

Policy Officer

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Sarah Rappaport

Policy Adviser

Contact about:

emerging science and technologies, mitochondrial donation, regulation of clinical trials, research in the NHS, research involving embryos.

Alex Harris

Head of Global Policy

Jack Snow

Team Coordinator

Contact about:

general enquiries for Global Policy, cultural engagement.

Will Hall

Policy Manager

Contact about:

access to healthcare interventions (general), epidemic preparedness, sustainable development goals.

Olivia Allen

Policy Officer

Heather Browett

Senior Policy Officer

Lorenzo De Santis

Policy Officer

Contact about:

research and development, innovation, access to healthcare interventions.

Alice Jamieson

Policy Adviser

Contact about:

epidemic preparedness, sustainable development goals, vaccines, WHO partnership.

Diogo Martins

Policy Officer (on secondment)

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Gemma Wardle

Policy Officer

Contact about:

access to healthcare interventions, epidemic preparedness.

Our work

Research culture: let's reimagine how we work together

We want to help build a better research culture – one that is creative, inclusive and honest.

Supporting the use of research evidence in policy and practice

How Wellcome is working to ensure that research evidence is used to influence policy and practice.

Wellcome’s partnership with the World Health Organization

Wellcome is working with the World Health Organization (WHO) to take on big challenges in global health.

Good clinical practice guidelines

New clinical practice guidelines are urgently needed for trials where the current guidelines are not fit for purpose.

Access to healthcare interventions

Everyone should have access to the life-changing benefits of medicines and other healthcare interventions, like vaccines, diagnostics and therapies.

Open research

We want the research we fund – like publications, data, software and materials – to be open and accessible, so it can have the greatest possible impact.

Brexit and the EU

We're working with the UK government and others to achieve a Brexit settlement that allows research to thrive in the UK and Europe.

Emerging science and technologies

Emerging science and technologies, such as human genome editing and gene drive, could provide new solutions to health problems.

Patient data in research

Patient data is hugely valuable for research. But the value of that data can only be unlocked if concerns about patient privacy are taken seriously.

Data sharing in public health emergencies

Research is an essential part of being ready for and responding to public health emergencies.

Government investment in research

Government investment plays an important part in supporting scientific excellence in the UK.

Data Protection Regulation

The European General Data Protection Regulation was agreed in April 2016 and took effect from 25 May 2018.

EU copyright law reform

The European Commission has published a proposal to update EU copyright law so that it applies equally across Europe and is fit for purpose in the 21st century.

Research involving animals

Almost every major breakthrough in human and veterinary medicine has depended on the use of animals to research, develop or test new therapies.

Mitochondrial donation

Mitochondrial donation is an IVF technique that gives families affected by mitochondrial disease the chance of having healthy children.

EU medical devices regulations

The European Union is revising regulations governing the manufacture and sale of medical devices.

Expert Advisory Group on Data Access

The Expert Advisory Group on Data Access promoted good working practices, consistent governance and transparent decision making for managing and using data from cohort studies.

Accelerated Access Review

The recommendations set out in the review mark one of the first steps towards making sure that promising drugs, devices, diagnostics and digital products are adopted quickly across the NHS.


People on a demo in America holding placards supporting science

Opinion | 4 December 2019

To secure investment, science must tell its story better by Ben Bleasdale

Number 12 bus outside the Houses of Parliament in London

Opinion | 11 November 2019

UK general election 2019: our letter to the party leaders by Jeremy Farrar

More news


Report 15 January 2020 Updated 15 January 2020

What researchers think about the culture they work in

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Perspectives on and experiences of research culture, based on a survey of more than 4,000 researchers in the UK and globally.

Report 15 January 2020 Updated 22 January 2020

What researchers think about the culture they work in

[Summary] Perspectives on and experiences of research culture, based on a survey of more than 4,000 researchers in the UK and globally.

Report 21 March 2019 Updated 4 December 2019

A blueprint for dynamic oversight: how the UK can take a global lead in emerging science and technologies

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Effective regulatory oversight is needed to make sure emerging science and technologies reach their full potential quickly and safely, and with the public's trust. Our report sets out how the UK can become a world leader in this area.

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Briefings and responses

Consultation response 1 September 2019 Updated 4 December 2019

Priorities for the 2019 spending round

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Consultation response 1 May 2019 Updated 4 December 2019

Future frameworks for international collaboration on research

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Consultation response 1 January 2019 Updated 4 December 2019

Brexit, science and innovation: preparations for 'no-deal' inquiry

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