Our governance

The British Neuroscience Association is governed by members of the Association who have taken on roles in the Council and Committee, referring to the governing documents to guide them in their decisions in running the organisation. The Council and Commitee are supported by the BNA Executive staff. 


  1. BNA Council
  2. BNA Committee
  3. BNA Representatives
  4. BNA Executive
  5. Governing documents

BNA Council

The Council is the main governing body of the BNA and includes the Trustees/Directors of the Association.

Council members meet at least four times per year.  They are charged with defining and managing the strategic plan, setting policy and making operational decisions on behalf of the membership.

Current members of the BNA Council

lightman Stafford Lightman - President 2017-2019
University of Bristol
Annette Dolphin - President-Elect 2017-2019
University College London

John Aggleton - Immediate Past President 2017-2019
Cardiff University

Toescu Emil Toescu - Honorary Secretary 2015-2019
University of Birmingham
Catherine Harmer - Honorary Treasurer 2017-2022
University of Oxford
Palmer Alan Palmer - Independent Trustee 2017-2022
Neuroscientst and entrepreneur (positions at UCL, University of Reading, University of Bristol; Cerebroscience Ltd, MS Therapeutics Ltd, Brain-e-games, One Nucleus Ltd; and Cerestim Ltd)
Cox Kevin Cox - Independent Trustee 2017-2022
Imanova, an innovative joint venture with the MRC, ICL, UCL and KCL.
Berners Manfred Berners - Independent Trustee 2017-2022
Berners-Chapman, strategic consultancy for life science companies
Ramnani Narender Ramnani PhD - Research Policy 2017-2022
Royal Holloway, University of London

Anne Lingford-Hughes - Professional Liaison 2017-2022
Imperial College London

Langston Ros Langston - Groups Co-ordinator 2017-2022
University of Dundee
Anthony Isles - Communications 2017-2022
Cardiff University
Elizabeth Coulthard - Neurology Advisor 
University of Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trust
  Hugh Piggins - Meetings Secretary
University of Manchester


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BNA Committee

The BNA Council is advised and supported national committee members who, between them, have research interests spanning the breadth and depth of neuroscience and are affiliated with academic institutes and industrial centres across the UK.  Appointment to a Committee post is for four years. Council members also sit on the National Committee.

Committee meetings to discuss topics of concern and interest to the membership are usually held twice each year, or as often as needed. 

Any member is welcome to raise an item for Committee meeting discussion. To do so, please contact the BNA Office at office@bna.org.uk, or one of the Committee members listed below.

Current members of the BNA Committee

Mark Ungless - Education & Engagement Secretary 2015 - 2019
Imperial College London
John Jefferys - Membership Secretary 2015-2019
University of Oxford

Natalie Doig - Students & Early Careers Representative 2017-2021
University of Oxford

Deborah Castle - Equal Opportunities & Diversity Representative 2015-2019


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BNA Representatives


Duncan Banks - Royal Society of Biology Animal Science Group Representative

Duncan Banks represents BNA members in the ASG - a Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Royal Society of Biology, representing the broad spectrum of UK bodies actively involved in supporting, formulating policy or directly involved in research involving animals.



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BNA Executive

cooke Anne Cooke - Chief Executive
Sophie Sykes-Jerrold - Development Director

Alex Collcutt - Executive Officer; Education & Engagement

Louise Tratt - Executive Officer; Marketing & Events


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Governing documents

The BNA's governing documents form the Association's constitution define its charitable objects, the kind of activities to be undertaken, the appointments and responsibilities of the Trustees, Council and Committee members, and the means by which the organisation is run.  The Articles and Rules of the BNA were reviewed in 2016 and new versions voted in by the membership in April 2017. They can be downloaded in full here:

If you have any questions about BNA governance please contact the Association Secretary

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