Our governance & people

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

Tara Spires-Jones

Tara Spires-Jones - President 2023-2025
Officer and Trustee
University of Edinburgh

Narender Ramnani Narender Ramnani - President-Elect 2023-2025
Officer and Trustee
Royal Holloway, University of London
Rik Henson Rik Henson - Immediate Past-President 2023-2025
Officer and Trustee
University of Cambridge
Sarah King Sarah King - Honorary Secretary 2023-2027
Officer and Trustee
University of Sussex
Trevor Bushell Trevor Bushell - Treasurer 2022-2026
Officer and Trustee
University of Strathclyde
Alan Palmer Alan Palmer - Independent Trustee 2022-2026
Neuroscientist and entrepreneur (positions at UCL; University of Reading; University of Bristol; Cerebroscience Ltd; One Nucleus Ltd; Elixa MediScience Ltd; The Brain Tumour Charity; The Cancer Awareness Trust)
Kevin Cox Kevin Cox - Independent Trustee 2022-2026
SynDermix AG; Biorelate Ltd; Biotaspheric; ValiRx Plc; the BioIndustry Association
Manfred Berners Manfred Berners - Independent Trustee 2022-2026
Berners-Chapman, strategic consultancy for life science companies
Volko Straub Volko Straub - Local Groups Co-ordinator 2020-2024
University of Leicester
Catherine Abbott Catherine Abbott - Research Policy 2022-2026
University of Edinburgh
Michael Ashby Michael Ashby - Credibility in Neuroscience 2022-2026
University of Bristol
Mark Walton Mark Walton - Preclinical Neuroscience 2022-2026
University of Oxford


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BNA Committee

The BNA Council is advised and supported by 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.

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

Current members of the BNA Committee


POSITION VACANT - Clinical Scientist Representative for Neurology

Sharon Abrahams Sharon Abrahams - Clinical Scientist Representative for Psychology 2022-2026
University of Edinburgh
Lindsey Sinclair Lindsey Sinclair - Clinical Scientist Representative for Psychiatry 2022-2026
University of Bristol
Sandrine Willaime-Morawek

Sandrine Willaime-Morawek - Education & Engagement Secretary 2023-2027
University of Southampton

Emma Soopramanien, Students & Early Careers Representative 2020-2024
Queen Mary, University of London

Vasanta Subramanian Vasanta Subramanian - Representative for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 2023-2027
University of Bath
Dayne Beccano-Kelly

Dayne Beccano-Kelly - Joint Meetings Secretary and Co-Chair for the BNA2025 Programme Organising Committee
UK Dementia Research Institute at Cardiff University

Dorothy Tse Dorothy Tse - Joint Meetings Secretary and Co-Chair for the BNA2025 Programme Organising Committee
Edge Hill University


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BNA Representatives

Gillian Stewart

Gillian Stewart - Association of British Neurologists Representative

Gillian Stewart represents BNA members to the ABN - an organisation which aims to promote excellent standards of care and champion high-quality education and world-class research in neurology.

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BNA Executive

Laura Ajram

Laura Ajram – Chief Executive

Joseph Clift – Head of Policy and Campaigns
Louise Tratt Louise Tratt – Head of Meetings and Events

Dani Wijesinghe – Membership & Communities Manager

Fiona Parker

Fiona Parker – Marketing & Communications Manager

Alex Baltazar-Hall

Alex Baltazar-Hall – Placement Student

Rosangela Sumbo

Rosangela Sumbo – Placement Student

Grace Cooper Grace Cooper – Placement Student



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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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