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Early Careers Committee

The Early Careers Committee (ECC) was set up in 2010 as a result of the reorganisation of SCI Awards and replaced the Awards Committee, taking over many of its responsibilities. It has both advisory roles and delegated responsibilities. The most relevant of the latter is administering Travel Bursaries and Scholarships (more later). It reports to the Board of Trustees (BoT).

The membership is as follows:

Alan Heaton Professor Alan Heaton (Chair)
Alan was Head of Chemistry and Professor of Chemical Education at Liverpool John Moores University. He is the author of 8 undergraduate textbooks, 5 on Industrial Chemistry and since taking early retirement has been to Oman on three occasions to set up and teach on a new B.Sc.(Hons) course in Applied (Industrial) Chemistry at Sultan Qaboos University. His Ph.D. was in Organofluorine Chemistry and in 1988 he was seconded to ICI as an SERC/Royal Society Industrial Fellow to work on the development of CFC Replacements.

He has devoted a great deal of time to promoting chemistry to the general public and particularly young people through presentations and articles in popular science journals. Most recently he managed a project for the RSC's NW Trust to produce a Primary Science DVD to help Primary School Teachers develop the confidence and ability to carry out practical work with their pupils. It has been immensely successful with over 10,000 copies distributed in this country, Ireland and South Africa and glowing feedback!

Within SCI he has relished the chance to work with and support younger members in his roles as CoS Principal and Chair of ECC.

Kevin Back Dr Kevin Back
Kevin Back is a solid state analytical chemist who has recently joined Pfizer, studying the solid state properties of new drugs. He recently completed his PhD looking at the crystallisation properties of pharmaceutical molecules, working with Professor Roger Davey at the University of Manchester. During his studies he was awarded an SCI scholarship and became an active member of the College of Scholars, helping to organise a Regional Presentation at Manchester. Prior to his PhD, Kevin worked at AstraZeneca for 5 years, starting out as an analytical chemist and moving into the solid state area. He now has experience moving into industry as both a graduate and as a PhD, with an understanding of the challenges of both!

As well as the ECC, Kevin has served as a committee member on the Liverpool and North West Regional Group.

Dr Inna Baigozina–Goreli
lnna is a partner in A.T. Kearney's London office. She has 20 years of consulting experience across developed and emerging markets. For the last 12 years lnna has focused on supporting clients in the Chemicals industry on a broad range of issues from strategy and merger integration to Cost to Serve and major profitability transformation programmes covering entire P&L. lnna has deep functional expertise in business unit strategy, profitable growth, customer offer optimisation, pricing, sales force effectiveness and channel management. In the chemicals industry her particular expertise is in coatings, adhesives, polymers and construction chemicals within specialty and semi-specialty sector.

lnna holds an MBA from IMD. Lausanne, and a PhD in Economics from Moscow State University.
lnna is a passionate supporter of SCI and thinks it has great potential in engaging the chemicals industry, universities and entrepreneurs in open innovation across variety of topics, especially on the boundaries of traditional scientific fields.

Jenny Mordue Professor A Jennifer Mordue (Luntz)
Professor Jenny Mordue (Luntz) is Emeritus Professor of Zoology at the University of Aberdeen. Her research in chemical ecology is at the cutting edge of innovative approaches to integrated pest management strategies. It involves the identification and use of semiochemicals (allelochemicals from plants, pheromones, kairomones) in the control of phytophagous insect pests, biting flies (mosquitoes and midges) and sealice of farmed salmon.

Jenny has published more than 100 research papers and chapters, holds two patents and is involved with commercialisation towards product formation. She is also a Trustee of the Royal Entomological Society.

Charles Perez-StoreyCharles Perez-Storey
Charles Perez-Storey joined ECC in his fourth year of a BA MEng in Chemical Engineering at University of Cambridge. Charles was an active member of many societies whilst at University being the treasurer for Natural Sciences and Chemical Engineering societies and also the Finance Manager for his college's bar. In his society roles, Charles managed to secure more than £18,000 in revenue including sponsorship from Corporates such as Exxon Mobil, Shell, Schlumberger and P&G.

During his studies, Charles worked on summer internships with Velocys Technologies Ltd and Esso Petroleum Co Ltd and his career interests lie in the energy sector.

An SCI member since 2011, Charles is the newest member of ECC, joining in June 2015. Charles is also an SCI Ambassador.

Tim Reynolds Tim Reynolds
Tim Reynolds is a writer, journalist and communication consultant with wide experience of multinational and multicultural programmes. Tim currently works for a range of clients in the UK and Brussels including the European Chemical Industry Council and the European Commission.

Tim's early career was with British Gas research working on fundamental spectroscopic studies of coal and catalysts before leading projects on catalyst development and characterisation. He then worked in corporate communications on research-related topics and was awarded a British Science Association Media Fellowship with BBC TV Science and Features. After the Fellowship he worked in international licensing and technology transfer. He left British Gas to work in public relations and communications via a second spell at the BBC.

Within SCI Tim is a long-term member of the SCI Marketing Development Advisory Committee and as Chair of the SCI Awards Committee helped launch the College of Scholars.

Callie Seaman Callie Seaman
Callie’s passion lies in networking, and communicating science to a large audience in order to inspire all generations to appreciate science. Having completed a BSc in Biomedical sciences at Sheffield Hallam, Callie is now simultaneously working as Experience Director and Formulation Chemist at Aqualaboratories, and working towards completion of a PhD in fertilizer Chemistry. Callie has experience working in sales, research and manufacturing
within the fertilizer industry and has used these skills to lead teams and to mentor and supervise others.

A keen supporter of SCI, Callie has been an active SCI member since 2009 and has worked with the Agrisciences committee organising events and participating in activities during this time. She has had an article published in C&I magazine and on the SCI website. Callie also worked on the ‘Science of decay’ project with the BBC at Edinburgh zoo, and acted as a STEM ambassador for Sheffield Hallam University.

Joe Sweeney Professor Joe Sweeney
Joe is Professor of Catalysis and Chemical Biology at the University of Huddersfield. His impressive career gives him over 20 years' experience of industry-funded research collaborations and he has been instrumental in shaping mechanisms for translation of research into impactful industry context. A Royal Society Industry Fellow from 2007-2010, and again from 2010-2012, Joe has also completed multiple visiting professorships including Harwell Catalysis Hub (EPSRC), Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience and Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine at the University of Oxford. Joe has extensive experience in designing, commissioning, leading and delivering undergraduate programmes, and has a track record for diverse engagement with Post graduate training programmes. He has built successful mentoring relationships with both early career and established researchers.

Joe is Chair of SCI’s Yorkshire and Humber Group, and was recently co-opted to the membership affairs committee. He has several other external committee appointments including the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Materials Knowledge Transfer Network.

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