Head of Technology Strategy, BEIS
Isabel is currently Head of Technology Strategy in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Isabel previously worked in the Business Secretary's Office as a Senior Private Secretary. Prior to that Isabel led on digital, tech and culture in the No10 Policy Unit, as well as previous policy roles in DExEU, Defra and BEIS.
She holds a PhD in molecular microbiology from the John Innes Centre, Norwich. Her research investigated the plant-microbial interactions that lead to biological nitrogen fixation. Her interest in science policy stems from public engagement and science communication activities during her PhD, where she often had to discuss controversial topics such as genetic modification and new advances such as synthetic biology.
Isabel worked at CSaP for three months as part of a BBSRC-funded policy internship. To read about Isabel's experience as a Policy Intern in Cambridge see here.