Lesley is Head of Communications and Engagement at The Royal Academy of Engineering. Her work at the Academy is focused on bringing engineering to where it belongs – to the heart of society. Her role encompasses all the ‘pubs’ – public relations; public engagement, public affairs and publications.
Lesley has worked in communications and public engagement with science, technology and engineering for over 15 years. Prior to the Academy, she was at the Wellcome Trust, where she managed science and society grant schemes and ran a programme of events to encourage networking and shared learning between public engagement practitioners and scientists.
Previous positions include ‘PA’ to a sheep (as Dolly’s ‘scientific secretary’ at the Roslin Institute, Edinburgh) and enthusiastically trying to engage 1000s of Scottish school pupils through Edinburgh University’s schools outreach programme ‘Sci-Fun’, where she was both an exhibit designer and show presenter. Lesley started life as a marine biologist wanting to work with dolphins and ended up slightly lower down the evolutionary scale with a PhD in worms.
Is the Big Society the good society?
"I thought the Battle of Ideas was wonderful. Especially the extent and quality of audience participation. I can't imagine how I missed this exciting forum for exchange of ideas in the past. I will certainly not miss another one and look forward already to 2012 Battle of Ideas."
Professor Marilyn Monk, emeritus professor of molecular embryology, University College London