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The Association of British Science Writers is run by an annually elected committee on behalf of its members. The ABSW also has an Honorary President, Pallab Ghosh, Science Correspondent, BBC News, who was appointed at the 2017 AGM. ABSW members are allowed to attend committee meetings as observers - notification of meetings is made via our email discussion list.

 

Name

Area(s) of responsibility or expertise

Day Job

Mico Tatalovic

Chair (Re-Elected 2019/2020)

Freelance

Emma Stoye

Vice-Chair (Re-Elected 2019/2020) 

Senior science correspondent, Chemistry World

Aisling Irwin

Secretary (Re-Elected 2019/2020)

Freelance

Andy Extance      

Treasurer (Re-Elected 2019/2020)

Freelance

Lou Del Bello

European Representative (Re-Elected 2019/2020)

Freelance writer and producer

Ehsan Masood

General Board Member (Re-Elected 2019/2020)

Freelance

Anita Makri

General Board Member (Re-Elected 2019/2020)    

Writer, editor, producer

Sunny Bains    

General Board Member (Re-Elected 2019/2020)

Editorial director, UCL Engineering Inspiration & Principal Teaching Fellow, UCL Engineering 

Wendy M. Grossman

General Board member (Re-elected 2019/2020) - special area of responsiblity: website/social media/CRA

Freelance

Inga Vesper    

General Board Member (Re-Elected 2019/2020)

Freelance

Richard Fisher

General Board Member (Elected 2019)

Editor, BBC Future

Martha Henriques

General Board member (Elected 2019)

Freelance journalist

Bob Ward

Co-opted Associate Member (Co-opted 2019)

Policy and Communications Director, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, LSE

Gabriela De Sousa       

Co-opted student representative (Co-opted 2019)

Neuroscience and Psychology PhD student, University of Glasgow.

Sallie Robins

Committee Executive Secretary (non-committee member)

Freelance

 See below for previous chairs, honorary presidents and committees.

 

Past chairs:

 
 Start Date End Date Name
 2017 Present Mico Tatalovic
 2014 2016 Martin Ince
2010 2013 Connie St Louis
2009 2010 Natasha Loder
2005 2009 Ted Nield
2005 2005 Toby Murcott
2002 2004 Pallab Ghosh
1999 2001 Peter Wrobel
1996 1998 Richard Stevenson
1993 1995 Wendy Barnaby
1990 1992 Pearce Wright
1988 1989 Tom Wilkie
1986 1987 Mick Rhodes
1984 1985 Robert Walgate
1982 1983 Anthony Michaelis
...    
1969 1971 Tony Osman
...    
1947 1949 J. G. Crowther
1949 1951 Richie Calder

 

Past honorary presidents:

 Start Date End Date Name
 2017 Present Pallab Ghosh
2004 2015 Sir Colin Blackmore
2001 2003 Dame Bridget Ogilvie
1997 2000 Sir John Maddox
1993 1996 Sir Francis Graham-Smith
1987 1992 Sir David Phillips, FRS
1984 1986 Sir Bernard Lovell, OBE, FRS
1981 1983 Sir Hermann Bondi, KCB, FRS

 

Past Committees

See below for previous committees over the years, for which we have records. The list is compiled from our archived AGM minutes, and it may not be exhaustive:

 Year Committee Members
 2017  Mico Tatalovic, Aisling Irwin, Wendy Grossman, Lou del Bello, Emma Stoye, Tim Revell, Sunny Bains, Kata Karath, Sonia Van Gilder Cooke, Bob Ward, Andy Extance
2016 Martin Ince, Mico Tatalovic, Connie St Louis, Aisling Irwin, Wendy Grossman, Katharine Sanderson, Victoria Parsons, Jack Serle, Lou del Bello, Cristina Gallardo, Emma Stoye, Bob Ward, Barbara Melville
2015 Martin Ince, Mico Tatalovic, Connie St Louis, Wendy Grossman, Katharine Sanderson, Victoria Parsons, Bekki Hill, Joshua Howgego, Bob Ward, Barbara Melville
2014 Martin Ince, Connie St Louis, Harriet Bailey, Katharine Sanderson, Bekki Hill, Mico Tatalovic, Wendy Grossman, Bob Ward
2013 Martin Ince, Connie St Louis, Harriet Bailey, Katharine Sanderson, Bekki Hill, Mico Tatalovic, Wendy Grossman
2012 Connie St Louis, Jeremy Webb, Chrissie Giles, Jacob Aron, Barbie Drillsma, Claire Gilby, Wendy Grossman, Lizzie Crouch, Mun Keat Looi, Helen Pearson, Bob Ward
2011 Natasha Loder, Connie St Louis, Jeremy Webb, Chrissie Giles, Jacob Aron, Barbie Drillsma, Claire Gilby, Wendy Grossman, Lizzie Crouch, Mun Keat Looi, Bob Ward, Martin Ince, Anna Lewcock
2010 Natasha Loder, Kat Arney, Jeremy Webb, Bob Ward, Mike Nagle, Ted Nield, Caro Kelday, Barbie Drillsma, Claire Gilby, Wendy Grossman, Jacob Aron, Anna Lewcock, Chrissie Giles, Mike Nagle, Mun Keat Looi, Richard Holllingham
2009 Ted Nield, Martin Ince, Wendy Grossman, Mike Nagel, Jacob Aron, Mun-Keat Looi, Chrisie Giles, Ian Adamson, Barbie Drillsma, Natasha Loder, Sunny Baines, Claire Gilby, Richard Hollingham, Sallie Robins, Fabian Acker, Kat Arney, Jenny Gimpel, Anna Lewcock, Julie Clayton
2008 Ted Nield, Bob Ward, Fabian Acker, Kat Arney, Becky McCall, Caroline Kelday, Martin Ince, Pete Wrobel, Sallie Robins, Barbie Drillsma, Wendy Grossman
2007 Ted Nield, Martin Ince, Stuart Clark, Mike Harrison, Pallab Ghosh, Julie Clayton, Lionel Milgrom, Barbie Drillsma, Pete Wrobel, Sallie Robins, Alok Jha, Fabian Acker, Wendy Grossman, Becky McCall
2006

Ted Nield, Stuart Clark, Martin Ince, Fabian Acker, Kat Arney, Laura Fogg, Mike Harrison, Wendy Grossman, Alok Jha, Becky McCall, Pete Wrobel, Barbie Drillsma, Claire Jowett, Michael Kenward

2005 Toby Murcott, Ted Nield, Pete Wrobel, Mike Harrison, Martin Ince, Branwen Morgan, Wendy Grossman, Mark Peplow, Kat Arney, Barbie Drillsma, Peter Briggs, Fabian Acker, Tom Clark, Stuart Clark, Alok Jha
2004 Pallab Ghosh, Toby Murcott, Peter Briggs, Ted Nield, Mike Kenward, Fabian Acker, Damian Carrington, Wendy Grossman, Mike Harrison, Martin Ince, Natasha Loder, Peter Wrobel, Helen Pilcher, Tom Jarvis, Stuart Clark, Kat Arney, John MacFarlane, Hilary Marshall, Timandra Harkness, Alok Jha, Mark Peplow, Tom Clarke, Andrew Smith, Sallie Robins, Clifford Adams
2003 Pallab Ghosh, Toby Murcott, Peter Briggs, Ted Nield, Peter Wrobel, Michael Kenward, Fabian Acker, Susan Aldridge, Sara Abdulla, Natasha Loder, Wendy Grossman, Damian Carrington, Mike Harrison, Martin Ince, Mark Peplow, Timandra Harkness, Helen Pilcher
2002 Pallab Ghosh, Toby Murcott, Peter Briggs, Ted Nield, Peter Wrobel, Fabian Acker, Susan Aldridge, Sara Abdulla, Natasha Loder, Wendy Grossman, Damian Carrington, Mike Harrison, Martin Ince
2001 Peter Wrobel, Peter Briggs, Fabian Acker, Sara Abdulla, Natasha Loder, Damian Carrington, Wendy Grossman, Mike Harrison, Susan Aldridge, Pallab Ghosh, Ted Nield, Alex Crawford, Toby Murcott
2000 Peter Wrobel, Claire O’Brien, Peter Briggs, Fabian Acker, Wendy Grossman, Sara Abdulla, Natasha Loder, Rick Stevenson, Tony Newton, Damian Carrington, Dan Clery, Mike Harrison
1999 Peter Wrobel, Claire O’Brien, Peter Briggs, Fabian Acker, Nina Morgan, Wendy Barnaby, Annabel Gillings, Wendy Grossman, Dan Clery, Sara Abdulla, Natasha Loder, Richard Stevenson, Tony Newton
1998 Rick Stevenson, Claire O’Brien, Susan Aldridge, Peter Wrobel, Dan Clery, Wendy Barnaby, Annabel Gillings, Peter Briggs, Tony Newton, Fabian Acker, Wendy Grossman, Barbara Drillsma, Pearce Wright
1997 Rick Stevenson, Nina Hall, Fabian Acker, Peter Briggs, Michael Kenward, Dan Clery, Andrew Dunn, Susanna Harris, Tony Newton, Mamta Patel, David Whitehouse, Pearce Wright, Wendy Barnaby, Ruth Linton, Susan Aldridge, Claire O’Brien
1996 Rick Stevenson, Nina Hall, Fabian Acker, Peter Briggs, Michael Kenward, Peter Beer, Dan Clery, Andrew Dunn, Aisling Irwin, Susanna Lithiby, Tony Newton, Mamta Patel, David Whitehouse, Pearce Wright
1995 Wendy Barnaby, Rick Stevenson, Peter Briggs, Michael Kenward, Peter Beer, Andy Coghlan, Andy Miller, David Whitehouse, Pearce Wright, Peter Wymer, Andrew Dunn, Martin Redfern, Nina Hall, Christine McGourty, Fabian Acker, Alan Massam, Susanna Lithiby
1994 Wendy Barnaby, Rick Stevenson, Peter Briggs, Michael Kenward, Peter Beer, Andy Coghlan, Andy Miller, David Whitehouse, Pearce Wright, Peter Wymer, Andrew Dunn, Martin Redfern, Nina Hall, Christine McGourty
1993 Wendy Barnaby, Rick Stevenson, Ted Poulter, Peter Briggs, Michael Kenward, Peter Beer, Andy Coghlan, Andy Miller, David Whitehouse, Pearce Wright, Peter Wymer, Andrew Dunn, Alan Massam, Martin Redfern, Caroline Richmond  
1992 Pearce Wright, Wendy Barnaby, Peter Briggs, Ted Poulter, Arthur Bourne, Andrew Dunn, Alan Massam, Martin Redfern, Caroline Richmond, Rick Stevenson, Judith Mirzoeff, Peter Wymer
1990-91 Tom Wilkie, Peter Briggs, Ted Poulter, Arthur Bourne, Wendy Barnaby, Peter Beer, Arthur Conway, Martin Redfern, Judith Mirzoeff, Peter Wymer, Pearce Wright, Martin Sherwood, Andy Miller, Andrew Dunn
1989-90 Tom Wilkie, Peter Briggs, Ted Poulter, Arthur Bourne, Wendy Barnaby, Peter Beer, Arthur Conway, Martin Redfern, Judith Mirzoeff, Peter Wymer, Pearce Wright, Martin Sherwood, Andy Miller, Andrew Dunn
1988-89 Tom Wilkie, Peter Briggs, Ted Poulter, Arthur Bourne, Wendy Barnaby, Peter Beer, Arthur Conway, Nina Hall, Michael Jeffries, Martin Redfern, Judith Mirzoeff, Caroline Richmond, Julia Sewell, Peter Wymer
1987-88 Mick Rhodes, Caroline Richmond, Deborah Cohen, Peter Briggs, Arthur Bourne, Wendy Barnaby, Arthur Conway, Nina Hall, Michael Jefferies, Judith Mirzoeff, Edward Poulter, Martin Redfern, Tom Wilkie, Peter Wymer
1986-87

Mick Rhodes, Caroline Richmond, Deborah Cohen, Martin Redfern, Peter Wymer, Tom Wilkie, David Fishlock, Glyn Jones, Arthur Conway, Anthony Michaelis, Robert Walgate, Nina Hall,

1985-86 Robert Walgate, Philip Campbell, Deborah Cohen, Peter Evans, Ros Herman, Glyn Jones, Anthony Michaelis, Caroline Richmond, Peter Wymer, Tom Wilkie, Brian Ford, Ursula Laver, Dianne Stilwell
1984-85 Robert Walgate, Anthony Michaelis, Jeremy Cherfas, Ros Herman, Philip Campbell, Peter Evans, Brian J. Ford, Lawrence McGinty, Caroline Richmond, Peter Wymer, Mick Rhodes
1983-84 Anthony Michaelis, Peter Wymer, Peter Cooper, Jeremy Cherfas, Roy Herbert, Philip Campbell, Ross Herman, Caroline Richmond, Robert Walgate, Gordon Wilkinson, Brian Ford
...  
1949 Ritchie Calder, J. C. Crowther, R. E. Jellis, Maurice Goldsmith, R. Clements, W. E. Dick, C. L. Boltz
...  
1947 Ritchie Calder, J. C. Crowther, W. E. Dick, Maurice Goldsmith, Chapman Pincher, J. Langdon Davies, T. I. Williams, W. Haslett, Ivor B. N. Evans, R. Clements