UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


Meet the PIU team

Our team have experience of both academia and public policy, know how to speak both ‘languages’ and enjoy building links between the two

Dr Chris Tyler

Chris Tyler

Dr Chris Tyler is Director of Research and Policy in UCL Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (UCL STEaPP), where he leads STEaPP’s policy programmes and explores how policy makers use scientific evidence.

Prior to joining STEaPP, Chris spent five years as Director of the UK’s Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and before that was the first Executive Director of the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) at the University of Cambridge.

Chris has a degree in anthropology from the University of Durham and a PhD in biological anthropology from the University of Cambridge. He sits on the Board of the Campaign for Social Science and the Council of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 

Jenny Bird

Jenny Bird

Jenny is Public Policy Manager for UCL STEaPP. Her major interest lies in improving engagement and knowledge exchange at the interface between research and policy.

Prior to joining UCL, Jenny was the Centre Manager for the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand at the University of Sussex. Before that, she was a Senior Specialist to the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee. She has also worked as a Research Fellow for IPPR and for an international NGO based in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Jenny holds an MProf in Leadership for Sustainable Development from Forum for the Future / Middlesex University and an MChem in Chemistry from the University of Oxford.

Florence Greatrix

Florence Greatrix

Florence joined UCL as a Policy Adviser for UCL STEaPP in November 2018. She is interested in ensuring that policy is informed by evidence, and has a particular focus on policy areas relating to science, technology and engineering. 

Prior to joining UCL, Florence was a Policy Officer at the Institute of Physics. She has also previously worked in public affairs at the Royal Society of Chemistry. 

Florence holds an MSc in Oceanography from the University of Southampton and a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia.

Dr Penny Carmichael

Penny Carmichael

Penny joined UCL as a Policy Advisor for STEaPP in April 2019, where she is working with two large EPSRC-funded Hub projects based in the Department of Biochemical Engineering. She is interested in bridging the gap between scientists and policy makers to enable public policy development to be underpinned by evidence.
Prior to joining UCL, Penny was Secretary to the Home Office-sponsored independent advisory committee, the Biometrics and Forensics Ethics Group and was Senior Advisor to the Forensic Science Regulator’s technical committees. She has also worked as a policy advisor within the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, where she was concerned with the implementation of UK chemicals strategy through the EU regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).
Penny holds a PhD in Chemistry from University College London and a MSci in Chemistry from the University of Bristol.

Ana Rita Pinho

Ana Rita Pinho

Rita joined as a Policy Adviser for UCL STEaPP in March 2020. She strives to make science more open, collaborative and efficient. She has a special interest in science for society and believes this can be achieved through better engagement with the stakeholders and a more frequent and healthier use of participatory approaches in the decision-making processes.

Prior to joining the PIU, Rita was Research Manager at the UCL Institute of Making. She has also worked at the Scientific Advice Mechanism of the European Commission as Bluebook trainee.

Rita is currently finishing a PhD in Ophthalmology at UCL. She holds an MSc in Biomedical Engineering and a BSc in Bioengineering from the University of Porto.