Dr James Hutchinson

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Junior Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy

Until returning to New Zealand in July 2014, James was Senior Programme Manager, Life Sciences at the Royal Society of Chemistry. He was responsible for the management of the RSC’s portfolio of Life Sciences activities, including scientific conferences and workshops, policy and advocacy initiatives, and support for the community through developing networks and skills. Programmes have a particular focus on organic chemistry and science at the chemistry-biology interface, antimicrobial resistance, neglected diseases, synthetic biology, regenerative medicine and medicines research/drug discovery. He is also responsible for the scientific direction and strategy for RSC programmes in India and China.

In 2012-13 James spent a year as Acting Manager, Science – managing events and activities and leading a team of ten programme specialists to implement a long-term strategy for RSC Grand Challenge and fundamental science programmes, with the objective of maintaining the RSC’s position as the authoritative body and trusted partner for the provision of advice to government, industry and academia. Before this (in 2010-12) he was Programme Manager for Life Sciences, having started his career as a Graduate Trainee, Science, Education and Industry, undertaking placements in international development, membership sales and parliamentary affairs.

James has been responsible for the conception, project management and leadership of the RSC’s successful Chemistry: we mean business campaign, which focused on pan-science recommendations for Government in the run-up to the 2013 Budget and Spending Review, working in partnership with sister chemical science organisations. He has delivered more than 20 pieces of high impact RSC policy output across a range of areas, including consultation responses, strategic reports, position statements, general science policy, education policy and briefing documents.

James holds a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from Cambridge (2009) and a BSc in Biological Sciences (specialising in medicinal chemistry) from the University of Auckland, New Zealand (2004).