Council Members

Honorary Officers

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Professor Duncan Graham CChem FRSC


Duncan Graham is Research Professor of Chemistry and director of the centre for molecular nanometrology at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.  He has been awarded numerous awards for his research including the RSCs SAC Silver medal (2004), Corday Morgan prize (2009), a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit award (2010), the Craver Award from the Coblentz Society (2012) and was elected to the fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2008).    He completed at PhD in organic chemistry at the University of Edinburgh (1996) and his interests are in developing new diagnostic assays based on nanoparticles and spectroscopy.  He has published over 200 papers and graduated over 45 PhD students. He is a cofounder and director of Renishaw Diagnostics Ltd (2007) and has filed 13 patents with license deals on most of his portfolio. 

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Professor Melissa Hanna-Brown CChem FRSC

Past President

Melissa Hanna-Brown is employed at Pfizer Global R+D Labs in Sandwich as an Associate Research Fellow in the Analytical R+D Department of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Organisation. She also holds a visiting chair in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick and is also involved as an advisory board member on the Warwick Centre for Analytical Sciences. 

Previous to both of these posts she was employed in the Department of Pharmacy at Kings College London as a Lecturer in Separation Science (Pharmaceutical Chemistry) and later as a visiting Senior Lecturer.  Her PhD studies were carried out between King’s College London and SmithKline Beecham on prediction of drug-biomembrane partitioning. Her postdoctoral research involved developing novel triple-column electrophoretic technology allowing sensitive detection of trace components in complex matrices via 2D-CE and CE-MS. 

Her interests now include Analytical Quality by Design (she is on the cross industry EFPIA TDOC subteam for Analytical Methods) and strategies for predictive modelling for HPLC method development. She is also on the editorial board of Analytical Methods and is a Vice Chair on the Separation Sciences Interest Group.

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Professor David Perrett PhD CChem FRSC

Honorary Secretary

Graduated in chemistry from Exeter University, he is Professor of Bioanalytical Science in Barts School of Medicine, Queen Mary University of London. His research interests are wide but most have involved the application of separation science to human disease and Forensics. He has authored or co-authored some 250 papers, books, etc in the scientific literature including a book on Gout published in 2013. He has supervised 24 PhD plus many M.Sc students. 
He has been a member of the Dept of Health (England) Decontamination Research Working Group against vCJD since it inception in 1999 and has chaired various DH sub-committees since then. He is currently funded to investigate residual protein detection on surgical instruments in hospitals and the optimisation of washer disinfectors. He is the inventor of the ProReveal protein detection system. 
His outside interest is Industrial Archaeology and he recently finished a term as President of the Newcomen Society: the International Society for the  History of Engineering & Technology based in the Science Museum London.

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Professor John R Dean CChem FRSC

Honorary Treasurer

John R. Dean obtained a B.Sc. Hons (Chemistry) from UMIST, an MSc in Analytical Chemistry and Instrumentation from Loughborough University and a PhD, DIC from Imperial College. After that he undertook post-doctoral research at the Food Science Laboratory of MAFF in Norwich, in conjunction with Professor L.C. Ebdon at the University of Plymouth. John was appointed Lecturer (1988), Senior Lecturer (1990), Reader (1994), Principal Lecturer (1998) and Associate Dean (2004) at Northumbria University. He was awarded a personal chair by Northumbria University in August 2004. In 1998 he was awarded a D.Sc. (London) in Analytical and Environmental Science and was the recipient of the 23rd SAC Silver Medal in 1995. He has published extensively in analytical and environmental science. 
He is married to Lynne and they have two children, Sam and Naomi. In his leisure time he enjoys canoeing and kayaking and was the first person to hold dual UKCC level 3 coaching awards in kayak and canoe in the UK.

Ordinary Members

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Dr Perdita Barran CChem FRSC

Elected Ordinary Member

Perdita Barran is currently Chair in the School of Chemistry and Director of the Michael Barber Centre for Collaborative Mass Spectrometry at the University of Manchester. She graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Chemistry with Industrial Experience (1994), and from Sussex University with a PhD in Chemical Physics (1998) under the supervision of Professors Tony Stace and Sir Harry Kroto. She worked as a Post-doctoral researcher for Tony Stace for 3 more years, before moving to University of California Santa Barbara to work with Mike Bowers (2001-2002). As an MRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, she helped establish a Centre of Proteomics. 

Dr. Barran was awarded an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship (March 2003) to study the structure and dynamics of model peptides and proteins in the gas phase. The Barran group have developed IM-MS instrumentation to investigate changes in protein conformation and aim to understand biological systems using mass spectrometry based techniques in conjunction with collaboration with biologists and biomedical research groups. In 2009 in recognition of her achievements Barran was awarded the inaugural Joseph Black award by the RSC Analytical Division.

Her research focus is on understanding the conformations and interactions of dynamic and disordered proteins, as well as pushing mass spectrometry to make measurements on molecular systems that are not amenable to other characterisation methods.

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Mr Arun Kamath MChem MRSC

Elected Ordinary Member

Arun graduated in chemistry from the University of Leeds with an MChem (ind) in 2008. During his degree, he undertook a year-long (2006-2007) industrial placement at Fujifilm Imaging Colourants in Blackley, Manchester before retuning to Leeds to complete his degree. After graduation, he spent three months working for a particle charaterisation company(ParticlesCiC, based at the University of Leeds) prior to taking a full time position as an analytical scientist in R&D at AstraZeneca, he has workded with several analytical techniques, developed several methods and supported development of pharmaceutical drug substances and products.

In addition, Arun is an active member of the Analytical Science Network and is Vice-chair for their upcoming Emerging Analytical Professional conference, which helps early career analytical scientists to network and become more involved with the scientific community locally, nationally and internationally

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Dr Steven Lancaster CChem FRSC

Elected Ordinary Member

Steve carried out his PhD research at the University of Hull in the field of trace environmental analysis and chemiluminescence detection.  He has a wide range of experience in analytical science in the petrochemicals industry and as Analytical Sciences Programme Manager with the Royal Society of Chemistry.  He now works for Domino Printing Sciences, based in Cambridge where he leads the analytical team.
Steve is the author of a number of papers, articles and chapters and is a member of the Atomic Spectrometry Updates Board.  He is a past Chair of the Molecular Spectroscopy Group, the North East Region Analytical Division and the Hull and East Yorkshire Local Section.   He has developed links with Analytical Scientists in Africa and is working with African scientists to build expertise in analytical chemistry in Kenya.  He founded a charity, Foundation for Analytical Science & Technology in Africa, which is working to build capacity in Analytical Science in Africa.

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Dr Sara L Evans CChem FRSC

Elected Ordinary Member

Sara attained First Class Honours in her BSc(tech) from the University of Wales in 1984. Following a period as Research Assistant at Kingston Polytechnic, she obtained her PhD in 1989. She has been Senior Lecturer at Hatfield Polytechnic/University of Hertfordshire since 1990. 

Sara has been active on behalf of the RSC throughout her career. She has been involved with over 20 heats of the Schools’ Analyst Competition. She has served as Chair of the Analytical Division’s East Anglia Region committee which has sponsored a number of one day specialist meetings among other events and she has served as Chair of the Scientific Committee for the 2013 ARF meeting. 

Sara is passionate about the value of chemistry in the modern world and therefore the need for well trained, knowledgeable practitioners of pure and applied chemistry hence her enthusiasm for promoting chemistry within schools.  

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Dr Diane Turner MSc FRSC

Elected Ordinary Member

Diane Turner is the founder and director of Anthias Consulting Ltd. which offers consultancy and RSC approved training for CPD in gas chromatography, GC-MS and related techniques. A University of Warwick graduate, Diane started her career as an Analytical Chemist at an environmental laboratory and then at Jealott’s Hill research centre, later gaining significant experience as an Applications Chemist, including setting up and developing an applications laboratory & demonstration facility for a GC instrument distributor.   

Diane has developed methods for, given support and high quality training for companies in most industries around the world for the past 17 years; presented and given short courses at global conferences, meetings and webinars; is an author on scientific papers, white papers, chromatography articles, a degree module and is currently involved with creating a book on GC-MS for Africa with the RSC. Diane is a trustee of the Recycling Organisation for Research Opportunities and in the past was on the steering group committee of Cambridge AWiSE, a ChemNet Ambassador and is still regularly involved in outreach with her local schools in chemistry and space sciences. Diane’s area of research is disease diagnosis at The Open University through her PhD studies. 

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Dr Tony Bristow MRSC

Elected Ordinary Member

Tony Bristow is Associate Principal Scientist in mass spectrometry within Pharmaceutical Development at AstraZeneca in Macclesfield. Tony focuses on the application and development of mass spectrometry at all stages in the development of pharmaceuticals. Tony was awarded a degree in Applied Chemistry by Sheffield Polytechnic in 1992. He then carried out a PhD on MALDI- ion trap mass spectrometry under the supervision of Professor Colin Creaser at Nottingham Trent University. In 1995 Tony moved to Kodak Limited in Harrow, where he worked in both mass spectrometry and separation science. Following a secondment from Kodak to LGC in Teddington, Tony joined LGC in 2002. At LGC he worked on a variety of mass spectrometry based projects, mainly focussed on FT-ICRMS, accurate mass measurement and MS/MS. Tony has published many peer-reviewed articles on his research in mass spectrometry and a number of other analytical techniques (28 peer reviewed journal publications to date). Tony is a regular presenter at both national and international conferences and other events (since 2001 this has included over 50 oral presentations and 20 posters). Tony is an Associate Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick and is also a member of the Warwick Centre for Analytical Sciences External Advisory Board. Tony has been an active member of the British Mass Spectrometry Society (BMSS) Committee for many years. He currently holds the post of Chair and will take the role of the Immediate Past Chair in autumn 2014.

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Professor Apryll Stalcup

Appointed Member

Apryll Stalcup graduated in Chemistry from Georgetown University, she is Professor of Chemical Sciences at Dublin City University and Director of the Irish Separation Science Cluster.  During her studies at Georgetown University, she was a Co-op Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  She is a member of the University of Cincinnati Graduate Fellows and a Charter member of the University of Cincinnati Chapter’s National Academy of Inventors.  Her research interests involve understanding chromatographic and electrophoretic separation mechanisms, exploring new separation methods, characterizing surface confined ionic liquid-based stationary phases, characterizing complex carbohydrates, laser processing of microfluidic devices and nuclear forensics.  Her work has resulted in over 100 publications.  She currently serves on the Editorial Board of Trends in Analytical Chemistry and Journal of Liquid Chromatography and Related Techniques and is the Co-Chair (with Prof. Jeremy Glennon, University College Cork) of the 31st International Symposium on Chromatography in 2016.  She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland and the Royal Society of Chemistry (application pending), member of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Sigma Xi.

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Dr Jacquin Wilford-Brown

Appointed Member

Jacquin currently looks after the Analytical and Information Services teams based in Felling, Gateshead, for the Performance Coatings business area inside AkzoNobel.   Typically, the coatings have to combine demanding technical performance (e.g. protect against seawater in all weathers) with fabulous appearance (e.g. mirror-like gloss surface for a super yacht).   This leads to a range of analytical challenges, working with products from first concept through formulation development to in service.

Before moving into analysis, Jacquin worked in research and development of materials and coatings, starting in ICI and ending up in Huntsman.   This included work in Japan and Belgium, as well as the UK.   (And has left a continuing interest in all things Japanese (except karaoke), together with a small collection of Belgian beer glasses.)

Jacquin has previously been a member of the Industry and Technology Division Council, serving as President from 2011 to 2014.   She describes this experience as alternately intimidating, empowering and rewarding, but above all enjoyable.   She is currently Chair of the North East Region Analytical Division, and also a member of the Management Interest Group Committee.

Her favourite quote is “There is no synthesis without analysis”.

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Miss Zoe Ayres

Appointed Member

Zoe studied Forensic Science(BSc) at Nottingham Trent University before moving on to complete an MSc in Analytical Science at the University of Warwick, and completed her PhD on the development of diamond based sensors for analytical applications in 2017. Zoe is now a Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, funded by a Royal Society innovation award, with the aim to translate diamond-based sensors from research concepts to near-market products ready for commercial exploitation.

Zoe has received several awards for her research, including the Sensors for Water Interest Group Early Career Researcher Prize 2014 and the RSC Ronald Belcher Award 2016 for the innovative development of a boron doped diamond pH sensor. Zoe is also regularly involved in promoting science and is a STEM ambassador. Notable outreach activities include project managing a week long exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, taking part in the RSC Chemistry at Work at the ThinkTank in Birmingham and hosting students from all over the world at Warwick for the past few years as part of the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF). Zoe is also a member of several other Committees including the Analytical Methods Committee and the Analytical Science Network, and is editor of AMC Technical briefs.

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Dr John Langley CChem FRSC

Appointed Member

John is a Principal Research Fellow at Chemistry, Faculty of Natural & Environmental Sciences, University of Southampton where he is Head of Characterisation and Analytics. He has 30 years’ experience of MS and chromatography-MS, and has been responsible for the MS Facility in Chemistry at the University of Southampton since 1988. His research interests are the application of mass spectrometry as a routine tool for chemistry/chemical biology/oilfield chemistry probing new areas for research using MS and separation science-MS and developing open access and multiuser approaches to chromatography-MS. Specific interests are the application of hyphenated approaches (GC-MS, HPLC-MS & SFC-MS) to analysis of petrochemicals, including biofuels, research into analysis and detection of oligonucleotides and understanding fundamental MS/MS fragmentation processes and mechanism, the latter including the use of computational methods. 
John is a Chartered Chemist, Chartered Scientist and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and a IUPAC Fellow; he is Chair of the RSC Separation Science Group and Secretary of the International MS Foundation; member of the Editorial Board of Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry; formerly Chair of the British MS Society (2008-2010), Vice-Chair (2006-08) and a member of the BMSS advisory Board (2012-2017). He was the European representative of the IUPAC working group for Standard Definitions of Terms Relating to MS and is a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College.

Co-opted Members

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Dr Charlie Davis

Analytical Science Network

Charlie Davis commenced his undergraduate studies in Manchester before transferring to Cardiff University to complete his MChem degree. Charlie has since joined the Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI) and is continuing postgraduate research with a particular interest in nanomaterial fabrication and application, funded by the NERC. He has always been very interested in outreach and the future procurement of science; as such he has been heavily involved with outreach schemes such as the RSC's Spectroscopy in a Suitcase programme. He has chaired the national Emerging Analytical Professionals conference with which he is still involved. He is currently Chair of the Analytical Science Network - helping early career analytical scientists to network and become more involved with the scientific community both locally, nationally and internationally.

Dr Steve Ellison CChem FRSC

Chair, Analytical Methods Committee (co-opted)