Dr Christiane Abouzeid

Head of Regulatory Affairs


Christiane has been with the BIA since May 2004. She is a lawyer responsible for regulatory issues concerning the research and development of novel technology products and has been involved in influencing legislative and policy developments affecting the life sciences industry in the EU.
Christiane is the Clinical Trials Topic Leader for EuropaBio, the European Association for Bioindustries.

Previously, Christiane was part of the Biosciences Group at Eversheds, joining shortly after qualification at Llewellyn Zeitman (now Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP). She worked at the European Commission for one year.

Prior to her legal career, Christiane was a research scientist at University College London and Imperial College School of Medicine for over 12 years. She holds a PhD in microbiology and biochemistry from the University of Louvain (Belgium).

Lauren Bampton-Smith

Credit Controller


Lauren joined BIA in January 2016 as a Credit Controller. Lauren has spent the majority of her career working within the finance/accounts department of companies starting out as a Sales Manager. Prior to joining BIA Lauren worked as a Credit & Collections Specialist at a London Law firm.

In her spare time Lauren likes to read, and keep fit with dance classes.

Steve Bates

Chief Executive Officer


Since his appointment as Chief Executive of the BioIndustry Association in 2012, Steve has led major BIA campaigns for, amongst other things, improved access to finance, the refilling of the Biomedical Catalyst, anti-microbial resistance and the opportunity the sector presents to generalist long term investors. Steve champions the adaptive pathway approach to the licensing of new drugs, the need for Early Access and is particularly proud of the working relationship the BIA has established with the UK’s leading medical research charities.

A founder member of United Life Sciences, a strategic partnership representing over 1000 life science and healthcare member companies across the UK and internationally, Steve attends the UK’s Ministerial Industry Strategy Group, and sits on The Royal Society's Science, Industry and Translation Committee.

Beyond the UK Steve is a member of EuropaBio’s Board and its National Association Council and is a founder member of the International Confederation of Biotech Associations. An expert and regular commentator on the sector in the media and at industry-leading conferences Steve has worked both in biotech (as Senior Director at Genzyme UK and Ireland) and at the highest levels of UK government (as Special Advisor to John Reid, MP, during his time in Tony Blair’s government) for over 15 years. Steve was awarded the OBE in January 2017.

Laura Collister

Brexit Lead


Rapinder Dhillon

Membership and Events Executive


Rapinder joined BIA in 2018 as a Membership and Events Executive where she supports the delivery of events and deals with the processing and queries of membership. Prior to this she has worked in another membership organisation focusing on the Education sector where she organised CPD programs and hosted and managed events. She also has experience of working in the Charity and Further and Higher Education sectors, where she co-ordinated College Admissions and dealt with recruitment and student advice. She graduated from Roehampton University with a BA (Hons) Education and in her spare time enjoys Muay Thai boxing and going to the gym.

Joanne Duffy

Communications Executive


Joanne is a Communications Executive at the Bioindustry Association as of June 2018, having worked previously as a research assistant in Microbiology.

She studied science at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and finished with a first class honours degree in Microbiology. She was awarded the Peter Smith medal for graduating first in her class.

She is also a multi award-winning science communicator, placing as Ireland’s runner up for FameLab in 2017, and placing 1st in Ireland for Falling Walls International, going on to represent Ireland at the Falling Walls conference in Berlin 2017.

Prior to this Joanne had been a writer, host and producer for a science-based radio programme, Schrödinger’s Chat, as well as writing a variety of science articles. She has delivered public speaking training with a focus on disseminating scientific research to educated lay audiences and for children.

Annette England

Bioprocessing Consultant


Annette is an external consultant with 28 years bioprocessing experience, who has supported three main bioprocessing projects within BIA since April 2014 – Manufacturing Advisory Committee (MAC), Medicines Manufacturing Industry Partnership (MMIP) and the Annual bioProcessUK Conference.

Annette has been a consultant since 2003, working with a range of academic and industrial organisations, and prior to that spent over 15 years in bioprocess development working for Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, British Biotech and Applikon Biotechnology. She gained a BSc in Biological Sciences and an MSc in Biochemical Engineering from Birmingham University.

Nick Gardiner

Chief Operating Officer


Nick is responsible for overseeing the BIA’s operations, ensuring that all activities are professionally delivered to the highest standard. He will be providing an organisation-wide operational perspective to, and support for, activities and projects.

He has specific responsibility for office management/facilities, financial systems/processes and credit control, company secretariat, human resources and IT/telecoms. Nick joined the BIA in October 2014, bringing with him extensive industry and not-for-profit management experience.

Prior to this role he ran the Clinical Laboratory Division of Lab21. This involved providing specialist laboratory services to the healthcare, pharmaceutical and clinical trials markets. He had management responsibility for all operations, income, laboratory and customer services and client liaison across the Group. He also has specific experience of diagnostic testing within the HIV and HCV disease areas. This was gained through building Delphic Diagnostics into a one-stop-shop for clinicians, enabling more effective patient monitoring and subsequent treatment options.

Nick also has extensive management experience within the not-for-profit sector, working for a trade body representing and building the profile of the business communication industry.

Miriam Gedge

Executive Assistant to Chief Executive Officer


Miriam joined the BIA in June 2018 as Executive Assistant to Steve Bates. Previously she worked within the Human Resources Department of ITN and held a wide variety of secretarial/administrative roles across higher education institutions. She holds a degree in Modern and Medieval Languages from the University of Cambridge.

Eric Johnsson

Senior Policy and Public Affairs Executive


Eric joined the BIA in March 2017. Previously he worked for the NHS in patient confidentiality and data protection. As a student, in Australia and Scotland, he held part-time positions in legal and parliamentary research.

Originally from Sweden, Eric holds a 1st Class Masters degree in International Economic Law from the University of Edinburgh and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and International Relations from Murdoch University in Australia.

In his spare time, Eric enjoys the martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and travelling to warm and sunny locations.

Pamela Learmonth

Director of External Affairs

BioIndustry Association

Pamela is responsible for leading and coordinating the BIA’s work across the full range of policy, public affairs and communications activity. Pamela joined the BIA in August 2014, bringing with her over a decade of experience spanning public affairs, policy development, communications and regulatory work.

Prior to this she was CEO of the Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG), the UK’s leading advisory body on broadband issues. This role involved working across government, the sector regulator Ofcom and private sector sponsors including telecoms companies, broadcasters, technology vendors and internet companies to influence the policy debate surrounding broadband and the internet. The programme of work Pamela led at the BSG included engaging on EU wide regulation and its transposition to UK law, publishing world-leading reports on broadband deployment and technology capability and running a wider political programme to highlight issues of concern with UK and European political representatives.

Pamela was promoted to the role of CEO after 4 years in other policy and project management roles at the BSG. She started her career in political consultancy at AS Biss (now MHP Communications) and spent over 4 years there working with a range of clients in a number of sectors including healthcare, food and drink manufacturing, gambling, technology and financial services. Pamela has a First Class degree in Politics and Social Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Michael McGivern

Membership and Business Development Manager


Michael is a BSc Biology graduate with four years’ experience in Business Development and Sales roles covering the pharmaceutical and Higher Education sectors. Following University, he worked for a multi-national raw material distributor in the north-west, supplying API’s and excipients to pharmaceutical manufacturers and then moved on to the University of London. Here he managed the tender process for their SaaS products as well as various account management duties for their Not-For-Profit, HE institution and Charity customers.

Having joined the BIA in April 2017, his role is to bring new companies into membership, while developing engagement with current members.

Adam Myers

Membership and Marketing Manager


Adam joined the BIA as Membership and Marketing Manager in July 2018. A direct marketing professional with wide ranging experience gained in the not-for-profit sector, he most recently worked for the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).
He has extensive experience engaging customers and donors, recruiting, retaining and growing members, and driving sales (principally publications, but also events), using a variety of direct and digital marketing methods. He also has a host of general management skills including budgeting and planning and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Direct and Digital Marketing from the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing.

Riana Potamitis

Operations Executive


Originally from Cyprus, Riana joined the BIA in May 2018 as Operations Executive. She has previously worked as an Office Administrator and a Receptionist and has a developed skill set to provide administrative support and aid with the smooth running of the office within the operations team.
Riana holds a BSc in Zoology from the University of Roehampton and an MSc in Zoo Conservation Biology and is passionate about all things science.
In her free time, she enjoys cooking and planning her travels to exotic destinations for wildlife and scuba diving adventures.

Ed Sexton

Senior Communications Manager


Ed started his career working a journalist in local news and later the cultural sector before moving across to work in public relations. Before joining the BIA, Ed worked as Communications Manager for the Tech Partnership and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, focusing on policy and research based communications to build media profile. He is a CIPR accredited PR professional and holds the CIPR Diploma in Public Relations. Ed has a BA hons English and American Literature from the University of Kent, as well as a range of professional qualifications across journalism and public relations.

Marzia Sguazzin

Events Manager


Marzia joined the BIA in July 2018 as Events Manager and is responsible for running a wide range of membership events while working closely with marketing, business development, content and policy colleagues.

Before joining the BIA, Marzia worked at The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys and at IQPC, an international conference company. Her experience spans across events and membership management, database and delegate administration.

Rachael Stewart

Policy and Public Affairs Manager


Rachael joined the BIA in December 2016 as Policy and Public Affairs Manager. She is responsible for BIA’s policy work on the NHS and access to medicines, genomics and genome-editing and cell and gene therapies. She also provides the secretariat for BIA’s Cell and Gene Therapy Advisory Committee, Genomics Advisory Committee and the Rare Disease Industry Group. In addition, Rachael leads the BIA's public affairs activity, including BIA's annual Parliament Day, the APPG for Life Sciences and BIA's presence at party conferences.

Before joining the BIA, Rachael worked in policy and public affairs at the Royal Society and the Association of Medical Research Charities. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and a BA in History, both from the University of Bristol.

Dr Martin Turner

Policy and Projects Manager


Martin joined the BIA in April 2016 as Policy and Projects Manager. He is responsible for innovation policy and industrial strategy. He also provides the secretariat for the BIA’s Finance and Tax Advisory Committee and the Intellectual Property Advisory Committee.

Martin has 5 years’ experience in policy and public affairs and has worked at the Royal Society, the Campaign for Science and Engineering, and the Association of Medical Research Charities. Before embarking on a career in policy, Martin completed a PhD in molecular biology at the University of Sheffield, where he also co-founded and was director of an award-winning science communication charity called Science Brainwaves. He has a BSc in molecular biology from the University of Manchester.

Dr Alex Whicher

Event Producer (Content)


Alex joined the BIA in September 2017 as Event Producer, responsible for pulling together content and developing agendas for events, alongside designing and implementing new programmes and events for the BIA calendar.

Prior to this role, and a short spell as an Environmental Consultant at AECOM, Alex completed a PhD in biochemistry at University College London, looking at the chemical origins of life on Earth. Alongside her PhD she also restored, and became president of, the UCL branch of the Innovation Forum, which is a student-led initiative seeking to strengthen links between, and stimulate innovation within, academic research and industry commercialisation.

In her spare time she enjoys rock climbing, touring the UK and Europe to find ever more exciting and beautiful locations to test her skills.