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


Steve Bates has been the CEO of the UK Bioindustry Association since 2012. He currently chairs the International Council of Biotech Associations and has been a Board member of Europabio since 2015. Steve is the visible face of the vibrant UK life sciences industry to government and media. He sits on the UK’s Life Sciences Council and Life Sciences Industrial Strategy Implementation Board. Steve has championed with government effective industrial incentives like the Biomedical Cataylst which have crowded-in private sector investment into UK SMES. He has forged links for the sector across the USA, Europe and in China. In his time at the BIA Steve has developed new member groups focused on cell and gene therapy, genomics and engineered biology. A strong advocate of partnership working, Steve champions sector collaboration with research charities and academia. Proud to lead an organisation with a diverse Board with over 40% female representation, Steve is committed to next generation talent and developing the skills needed for the sector to flourish. Before the BIA, Steve worked for Genzyme and as an advisor to the UK Government of Tony Blair. He was made OBE for services to innovation in 2017.

George Caterer

Membership and Business Development Executive


George joined the BIA in March 2020, working to promote membership and increase engagement with our current members.

After completing an MSci in Zoology at University College London, George worked as an editor for a portfolio of journals within the Springer Nature Group, before moving on to become an Ecology Consultant. He is a passionate about conservation and wildlife having spent time volunteering at London Zoo and within the jungle of Guyana, South America.

Sam Cruickshank

Programme Manager


Sam joined BIA in December 2019, and helps prepare the programmes and intellectual content of BIA events. Prior to this, Sam worked for Springer Nature as a Journal Development Editor, working alongside editors, authors and reviewers to develop a portfolio of academic medical journals.

Sam has a Masters in Biological Sciences from the University of Sheffield.

Nicky Edwards

Director of External Affairs


Nicky joined the BIA in December 2018. As Director of External Affairs, she is responsible for leading and coordinating the BIA’s work across the full range of policy, public affairs, regulatory affairs and communications.

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.

Michael McGivern

Senior 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.

Riana Potamitis

Senior 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.

Shannon Quinney

Communications Executive


Shannon joined the BIA in September 2019 as Communications Executive. She graduated with a 2:1 from the University of Nottingham with a Bachelors degree in Biology.

Shannon has an array of communications experience both in the charity and pharmaceutical sectors.
During her time at university, Shannon volunteered at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust within their communications team, where she learnt that this is where her passions lay.
More recently, Shannon has been involved in developing a standard set of Patient Reported Healthcare Measures for those with Congenital Heart Disease.

In her spare time Shannon enjoys exploring nearby green spaces and has a talent for wildlife photography.

Jaymie Raymond

Membership and Database Manager


Jaymie joined the BIA as Membership and Database Manager in June 2020. He is a membership management professional with a strong background in customer service and process improvement.

He brings extensive experience in recruiting, retaining and engaging members from his previous role as Member Engagement Manager with the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE).

Jaymie's role within the BIA is to help manage the BIA membership and its systems.

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.

Mads Thomsen

Policy and Public Affairs Executive


Mads joined the BIA in January 2020 as a Policy and Public Affairs Executive. He previously worked in pharmaceutical exports, handling tenders and shortage supplies to various markets across the world.
Mads is originally from Aalborg, Denmark and holds an MA in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Birmingham.
In his spare time, Mads likes playing football, running, and swimming as well as travelling to new destinations.

Georgina Treen

Senior 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 Basel, Switzerland, completing an internship at Tennis Europe, where she first gained experience working on international conferences and events.

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.

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.

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.

Tim Windle

Strategic Policy Advisor


Tim joined the BIA in August 2020 to lead its strategic policy work around Brexit and Covid-19. He has over eight years’ experience working in health policy and public affairs. Immediately prior to joining the BIA he worked as a Policy Manager at Prostate Cancer UK where he led on work around access to treatments and supporting clinicians with best practice guidance. He previously worked at the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry as a Public Affairs Manager.

Outside of work, Tim is an elected Councillor in Lambeth. He has a season ticket for Southampton and enjoys cooking and gardening.