Policy 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

Stuart Pritchard

EU and Public Affairs Manager

Contact about:

Brexit, public affairs, relationship management, EU health and research policy.

Louise Wren

Policy Manager

Contact about:

Brexit, UK research and innovation.

Sam Alvis

Policy Officer

Contact about:

gene editingresearch involving animals, EU funding and regulation.

Natalie Banner

Policy Adviser

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.

Sarah Rappaport

Policy Adviser

Contact about:

gene editing, mitochondrial donation, regulation of clinical trials, research in the NHS, research involving embryos.

Katherine Littler

Global Policy Lead

Jack Snow

Team Coordinator

Contact about:

general enquiries for Global Policy, Global Forum on Bioethics in Research.

Heather Browett

Policy Officer

Contact about:

emerging technologies.

Rachael Crockett

Policy Adviser

Contact about:

access to healthcare interventions, global review of health research financing, vaccines.

James Hynard

Policy Officer

Contact about:

access to healthcare interventions, drug-resistant infections.

Alice Jamieson

Policy Officer

Diogo Martins

Policy Officer

Contact about:

global review of health research financing.

Anna Ruddock

Policy Adviser

Contact about:

research uptake.

Our work

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.

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.

Government investment in research

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

Data sharing in public health emergencies

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

Gene editing in research

Gene editing allows scientists to change gene sequences by adding, replacing or removing sections of DNA.

Data Protection Regulation

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

Contagious Cities

Contagious Cities is an international cultural project which supports local conversations around the global challenges of epidemic preparedness.

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 in the research, development or testing of 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.

Research practice

Good research practice is one of the foundations of high-quality research.

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.

Reports

Empowering UK universities: how strategic institutional support helps research thrive [PDF 1.2MB]

  • July 2018

Through a series of case studies, we demonstrate how strategic institutional support has helped research thrive in universities across the UK.

Wellcome Brexit briefing for policymakers [PDF 410KB]

  • May 2018

Our recommendations on EU-UK science and innovation post-Brexit.

UK access to EU research framework programmes [PDF 764KB]

  • May 2018

We look at how science should be included in the framework for a future EU-UK relationship.

More reports

Briefings and responses

Consultation on the future for food, farming and the environment [PDF 348KB]

  • May 2018

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

EEA-workers in the UK labour market [PDF 294KB]

  • November 2017

Migratory Advisory Committee

More briefings and responses