Scientists for Labour

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Our People


Rt. Hon. Dr Gordon Brown

As both Chancellor and Prime Minister of the UK, Gordon Brown provided consistent support for science and engineering, from R&D tax credits to increased PhD stipends. He is one of the relatively few politicians that truly 'gets' science and sees its importance for long-term economic growth.

David Sainsbury, Lord Sainsbury of Turville

David Sainsbury is a businessman, philanthropist and former minister. As Minister for Science and Innovation from 1998-2006 he was the third longest serving minister in the last Labour Government after Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. In 2008, Sainsbury was elected as an honorary Fellow of the Royal Society and in 2011 was elected Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.

Executive Committee

John Unsworth (Chair)

John has been SfL Chair since 2006 and was previously Treasurer from 1996-2005. John is a Fuels Technical Manager with over 30 years' industry experience in Energy & Environment related R&D projects. Scientific interests: technology transfer of R&D into products and marketing, conventional and alternative fuels, motor vehicle emissions, dioxins, gas storage, coal exploration & utilisation. John Unsworth is on LinkedIn.


Ben Fernando (Vice Chair Membership)

Ben is a PhD Student studying solar physics at the University of Oxford, having completed my MSci in Space Physics at Imperial College London in 2016. I’ve previously been the secretary and youth officer for SfL, Youth Officer for my CLP and chair of the Imperial College Labour Club. I was a candidate for local council in the 2016 by-elections in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. My other interests include quizzing and tea.


Martin Yuille (Vice Chair Policy)

Martin Yuille is Reader at the University of Manchester Institute for Population Health and a member of Withington Constituency Labour Party. Trained in biochemistry and molecular genetics in the UK and US (Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, London, Stanford and New York), his research has focussed on haematological oncology and, latterly, on population health. He is also active in developing research and educational infrastructure for biomedical and health research. He co-directs the Centre for Integrated Genomic Medical Research in Manchester.Martin Yuille is on LinkedIn.


Sina Lari (Secretary & Socialist Societies Rep)

Sina is a student Biologist at Imperial College London, where his current research involves data analysis on malaria parasites and mosquitos. He serves as President of Imperial College Labour Students, and is Vice-President of the Royal College of Science Union Biology Society. His political interests include science policy and he takes particular concern towards issues relating to Local Government, especially in his home Borough of Kensington & Chelsea where he serves as Vice-Chairman of the Constituency Party.


Bobbie Nichols (Treasurer)

Bobbie has been an Executive member for over 10 years. Originally a physicist, Bobbie made a career change into scientific publishing, first with the Institute of Physics and latterly with Oxford University Press, specializing in medical textbooks. Main interests: public understanding of science and combating the dismissive attitude to science all too prevalent among the ‘chattering classes’.


Steve Clapcote (Membership)

Steve is Lecturer in Pharmacology in the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Leeds and editor of the journal Disease Models & Mechanisms. His research uses mouse and human molecular genetics to investigate mechanisms of human neurological diseases, with the aim of identifying new targets for therapeutic intervention. He joined the Labour Party aged 15, and was the Labour candidate in the Shipley constituency in the May 2015 general election.


Pamela Buchan (Women's Officer)

Pamela Buchan is an ESRC funded PhD student, on the Environment, Energy and Resilience pathway, at Exeter University, researching public participation in marine conservation and governance, with a particular focus on citizenship. Pamela is a marine biologist and started her scientific career researching marine biological rhythms in behaviour, molecular biology and neuroanatomy. After a decade working professionally in the third sector, in the fields of science communication, public engagement, and volunteering, she returned to academia to research stakeholder and public participation in marine governance and citizenship. Pamela is trustee and former Chair of the marine conservation charitable trust Sea-changers; a Social Mobility Foundation mentor; CLP Treasurer; and sits on the steering committee of Labour Coast and Country. Her research interests are interdisciplinary, bringing together marine science, human geography, social science, politics, and psychology, in order to investigate public participation in marine science and related policy.


Robert Williams (Youth Officer)

Robert is a masters student in Global Health at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, where his current research is into the burden of snakebite in Sub-Saharan Africa. Robert obtained a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from King’s College London in 2016. He is currently the secretary of Sussex Labour Society and youth officer of Wealden Constituency Party. His main political interests include health, science and development policy.


Danny Filer (Campaigns Officer)

Danny is a final year PhD student at UCL, whose research involves Biogerontology and the role of the translational machinery and protein production in modulating lifespan. He's previously worked as a Scientist in a medical diagnostic company where he worked on developing rapid point-of-care tests for STDs, after having gained a BSc in Genetics from Cardiff University. He currently sits on the National Committee of Labour Students as their London Regional Coordinator, and serves as President of the Labour Society at UCL. His main political interests include health, science, energy and youth engagement.


Yulia Bulgakova (Webmaster)

Yulia is a Software Engineering Contractor. She studied MEng Computing at Imperial College London.


Tom Rivlin (Twitter Officer)


Daniel Mayhew

Dan Mayhew is Development Tech working in a medical device company in Cambridge. Dan studied chemical sciences at Nottingham Trent University and has worked in the sugar industry and food regulation industry. Dan Joined the Labour party in 2010 and in that time he has help to set-up Labour students group at NTU in which he became the sec, He has been the Vice-chair of Bourne branch for the last 2 years. Dan has written pieces for progress online and labour vision. Involved and member of the following organisations: Fabians, progress, labour first, Science for EU and prospect union. Interested in green chemistry, Medical devices football and music.


Danny Sweeney

Danny graduated in Astronomy & Space Science. He has a broad interest in Science communication and promoting scientifically evidence based policy. He first became involved in the Labour movement through working for UNISON, before his current role working for a member of the Scottish Parliament. Danny spends much of his spare time campaigning for the Labour Party, and its sister party the Cooperative Party.


Roger Smith 

Roger Smith is professor of mathematical engineering at Loughborough University. He runs a group of two post docs and 6 research students working primarily on modelling problems in the fields of solar and nuclear energy. He is a member of 2 committees of the institute of physics and has worked in the past at  Los Alamos laboratory on environmental issues. He is fluent in German with many contacts in Germany and has also spent extended periods at the Rossendorf Institute in Dresden, where Klaus Fuchs became deputy director after his exchange on Glienicker Bruecke. He has been active in the Labour party  since the late 1960s and  is a former district councillor, CLP treasurer and district party and Labour Group secretary.  Roger Smith is on Google Scholar and LinkedIn.


Mike Galsworthy

Mike Galsworthy is an independent consultant in research and innovation policy. He obtained a first class degree in Natural Sciences, Cambridge (1998), followed by a PhD in behaviour genetics at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London (2003). He has worked in academia in Switzerland, Slovenia and the UK (at UCL and the Royal College of Anaesthetists). Policy recommendations he has made on the EU’s science funding programme have featured in a 2013 House of Lords report on EU innovation and the UK Government’s 2014 Balance of Competences report on European research and innovation. Mike Galsworthy is on LinkedIn.


Allison Woollard

Alison leads a research team working on the developmental genetics of the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans. Her current work concerns molecular mechanisms of cell fate determination during C. elegans development, trying to unpick the complex mechanisms by which cells become different from one another as an organism develops from egg to adult. She is a fervent believer in the idea that good education is transformative, both in individual lives and in society as a whole. This leads her to be very committed to Public Engagement, believing that science must be more strongly embedded in society as an important cultural ambition, as well as a crucial driver of economic competitiveness, improved healthcare and sensible public and governmental policy. She presented the 2013 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures series “Life Fantastic”, broadcast on BBC4, and since then has taken part in a diverse range of activities, from pop festivals to stand-up comedy! Alison has been a member of the Labour Party for 20 years and feels passionately that politicians must engage properly with science and scientists.


Matt Gwilliam

Matt Gwilliam is an Honorary Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Cancer Research, London. His work focuses on developing imaging techniques that can be used to assess the effectiveness of new treatments in the area of paediatric cancer. Before this he worked for the NHS for over 3 years as a scientist and specialised in MRI research.


Tristan Eagling

Tristan is Global Challenges Research Coordinator at the University of Oxford. He works with academics looking to tackle the major problems effecting the Global South. Prior to this he worked for the Knowledge Transfer Network (part of the Innovate UK family) as a Knowledge Transfer Manager for Plant and Crops where he advised UK companies on R&D funding. His background is in Nutrition and Plant Science, and his PhD was from Rothamsted Research where he looked at the viability of bio-fortification of staple crops to tackle malnutrition in the Global South.