I am the Head of Knowledge Management and Scholarly Communication at the Medical Research Council (MRC), a publicly funded government agency responsible for co-ordinating and funding medical research in the United Kingdom.
I joined SLA in 1998, and have since been a member of various divisions, which have provided me with an invaluable community as my career evolved across different sectors. I have been an active member of the European Chapter, undertaking various roles including events, sponsorship and membership chairs, and had the honour of serving as Chapter President in 2009. I am the current chair of the Academic Division’s Scholarly Communication Section, the Chair of the Leadership and Management Division and the Chair of the 2020 Contributed Papers Committee. I have been a regular conference speaker and session organiser since my first attendance at Seattle in 2008. At the association level, I have served on the Information Ethics Advisory Council and the 2015 Boston Annual Conference Advisory Committee, and I received a Presidential Citation in 2015.
At the MRC, I lead on open science policy initiatives and work to ensure that research findings are widely and freely available. I was nominated for an MRC CEO Award in 2012, for my “huge contribution to MRC and RCUK Open Access Policies and the European Research Information arena” and I am frequently invited to share my expertise at international meetings. In parallel to my policy advocacy activities, I lead a team who provides information services and advice to the MRC corporate functions and scientists.
Prior to joining the MRC, I worked in the City of London, first as a corporate finance researcher, and then as an information manager at an international law firm, where I developed competitive intelligence and knowledge management services for the Banking practice. I grew up in Champéry, a ski resort in the French speaking part of Switzerland, but I have lived in the UK for over 20 years.