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 and Finance Executive


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


Nicky Edwards

Director of External Affairs (Maternity Cover)


Nicky joined the BIA in December 2018 as Interim Director of External Affairs, providing maternity leave cover for Pamela Learmonth. She is responsible for leading and coordinating the BIA’s work across the full range of policy, public affairs and communications activity.

She has extensive experience of delivering external affairs strategies for national organisations, including more than a decade of leading on policy and public affairs for businesses and membership bodies in the financial and professional services sector.

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.

Jack Fellows

Communications and Media Relations Manager


Jack joined the BIA in January 2019. He graduated with a 2:1 from the London School of Economics with a Batchelors degree in Government and History.
Following University, Jack worked for the Labour Party in Preston and Brighton. Jack joins the BIA from the Nursing and Midwifery Council where he worked on the new healthcare role of nursing associates and the number of nurses and midwives registered to practice in the UK.
In his spare time Jack enjoys exploring the capital or finding a pub to cheer on his beloved Manchester United.

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

Policy and Public Affairs Manager


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.

Jon Kudlick

Director of Business Development and Membership Services (Maternity Cover)


Jon joined BIA in October 2018 to cover Jane Wall’s position while she is on maternity leave, and his responsibilities include membership, events and sponsorship.
He has many years’ experience in marketing and communications within the membership and not-for-profit sectors, most recently at BritishAmerican Business as their Director of Membership and Communication. Prior to that, he worked at the Royal Society of Biology for almost nine years as their Director of Membership, Marketing & Communications, where he was responsible for membership, events, branding, public engagement, publications, digital media and regional activities; whilst there, he grew membership to record levels, and devised and launched ‘Biology Week’, a focus for the biosciences community to promote the value and excitement of the life sciences to the wider public. His experience also includes growing and diversifying Fellowship at the Royal Society of Arts, and creating a more engaged membership at the deaf charity, RNID (now called Action on Hearing Loss).

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.

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.

Georgina Treen

Events Executive


Georgina joined the BIA in April 2019 as Events Executive, having previously worked for several international membership associations. Most recently she was responsible for the end-to-end organisation and delivery of a global events series, working at the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment.

Georgina has a BA in International Relations with French and German from the University of Exeter and maintains links with the University as a committee member for their Alumnae group. During the third year of her degree Georgina lived and worked in Switzerland, completing an internship at Tennis Europe, where she first gained experience working on international conferences and events.

Outside of work Georgina enjoys playing Tennis (representing her club in county leagues) and travelling both to new destinations and back to Switzerland to visit friends and family.

Dr Martin Turner

Head of Policy and Public Affairs


Martin joined the BIA in April 2016 as Policy and Projects Manager and was promoted to Head of Policy and Public Affairs in January 2019. He is responsible for the BIA's policy outputs and public affairs activities. He also leads on innovation and industrial strategy policy and provides the secretariat for the BIA’s Finance and Tax Advisory Committee and the Intellectual Property Advisory Committee.

Martin has eight 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.

Peter Wasson

Policy and Public Affairs Manager


Peter joined the BIA in March 2019 and has nine years’ experience working in health policy and public affairs.
Prior to joining the BIA, Peter was an Account Director at WA Communications and has also worked for two other large agencies in their health teams, working closely with clients to plan and implement end-to-end communications activity and achieve tangible policy change. He was Senior Policy and Campaigns Adviser at the Royal College of Physicians where he helped transform the way the organisation campaigns and engages with stakeholders. He has also worked for the Patients Association in its policy and campaigns team. He began his career working in Parliament for Charles Kennedy, the late former leader of the Liberal Democrats, and Lord Dholakia, a Liberal Democrat peer.

Peter is originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and has a strong interest Northern Irish politics. He has a degree in Law from the University of Cambridge.

Outside work, he can often be found at Chelmsford Cathedral where he sings with the cathedral choir, watching the rugby at his local, or in the kitchen cooking.