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


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.

Eric Johnsson

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 Public Affairs and Communications

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.

Rachael Mann

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 access to medicines, the use of animals in research and genomics and genome-editing. She also provides the secretariat for BIA’s Cell and Gene Therapy Advisory Committee.

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.

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.

Farhan Mitha

Communications Executive


Danielle Oldham

Membership and Operations Executive


Danielle joined the BIA in April 2017. Danielle works primarily within the Business Development team, as a Membership Executive and also closely supports the events team. Danielle is responsible for the daily administrative duties at the BIA office, supporting Nick Gardiner in the Operations team too. Danielle brings a well-rounded skill set to the life sciences sector. She has previously held similar positions for travel organisations around Northern Italy, and worked as a Yoga teacher. In her spare time, you’ll find her practicing yoga, planning her next adventure, spending time with family and playing with her dog.

Karen Parr

Membership and Marketing Manager


Originally from New Zealand, Karen joined BIA in August 2016 as the Membership and Marketing Manager.

Karen holds a BA in English Language and Media Studies from Victoria University of Wellington, with post-graduate papers in Business Communication from Massey University. Working mostly in the field of engagement in environmental and conservation-based organisations, in both the public sector and not-for-profit, she has worked alongside scientists, regulators, industry, communities and advocates. She likes to understand and help people, while showing them the importance of a strong evidence base, and how the decisions made can impact them – whether that be about what PPE they’re wearing, or how their rivers are being managed at a regional scale. Science can make a difference, however it’s often misunderstood; helping to clear the muddied waters for others to be involved in making better decisions is one of her passions.

In her spare time, you’ll find her researching and travelling to dream locations around Europe, drinking her way around the coffee shops of London, on the courts playing netball, or swimming.

Ed Sexton

Communications and Media Relations 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.

Dannielle Sinclair

Events Executive


Dannielle joined the BIA in October 2016 as an Events Executive.

After graduating from Roehampton University with a BSc in Psychology and Counselling, Dannielle changed paths to work in events. She has spent the past few years working for not-for-profit organisations managing major events and conferences.

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.

Jane Wall

Director of Business Development and Membership Services


Jane joined the BIA in March 2016 as Director of Business Development and Membership Services, with overall responsibility for the recruitment and retention of members, development and delivery of membership services and BIA events.

Prior to this role and a short spell at the Food and Drink Federation assisting with membership development, she held the positions of Associate Director and Head of Sales & Marketing over a period of seven years at the Fire Protection Association – leading on membership and member events, publications, risk services, sales and marketing, CRM implementation and digital presence. Jane’s experience prior to this included Business Development Manager within tech transfer at Oxford Brookes University, four years at T&F/Informa Journals as Managing Editor and Publisher, and reference publishing at Oxford University Press and IBSS (International Bibliography of Social Sciences).

Jane holds a first degree in Italian and European Literature from Warwick University, an MA in Social Anthropology from SOAS, and an MBA from Oxford Brookes Business School.

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.