Diversity in UK Polar Science – Steering Committee

Steering Committee membership


The Diversity in UK Polar Science Steering Committee, Co-chaired by representatives from the British Antarctic Survey, the University of Bristol and Imperial College includes individuals from British Antarctic Survey, UK Higher Education Institutes, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), European Polar Board (EPB), the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Polar Regions Department, UKRI and NERC, as well as diversity and inclusion advocates including Women in Polar Science group, Minorities in Polar Science group, disabilities and LGBTQ+ allies.

Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley – Co-chair
is Director Innovation and Impact and Directorate Diversity Champion at BAS. Her remit is to unlock the potential of polar research for the benefit of society and economy, and to foster innovative ways of working. She has a passion for people, addressing issues of global importance such as equality and climate, and helping society adapt to a changing world.
A woman wearing glasses and smiling at the cameraKate Hendry – Co-chair
Dr Kate Hendry is a biogeochemist and chemical oceanographer at the University of Bristol, interested in understanding nutrient cycling in the modern ocean, and the link between past climatic change, ocean circulation, nutrient supply and biological productivity. She is currently Chair of Antarctic Science Ltd, who run the Antarctic Science International Bursary Scheme, and the Geosciences rep for the UK National Committee for Antarctic Research (UKNCAR). Kate is a co-opted member of the UK marine science Challenger Society for Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity and Accessibility.
A man wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the cameraMartin Siegert – Co-chair
Dr Martin Siegert is Professor at Imperial College London and Chair of The UK Arctic and Antarctic Partnerships committee. At Imperial, Prof. Siegert FRSE has been the Co-Director of the Grantham Institute since May 2014. Previously, he was Director of the Bristol Glaciology Center at Bristol University, where he is now a visiting Professor. Martin led the Lake Ellsworth Consortium – a UK-NERC funded programme that designed an experiment to explore a large subglacial lake beneath the ice of West Antarctica and he has undertaken three Antarctic field seasons.
Jane Rumble OBE.
Head of the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Polar Regions Department since 2007. Deputy Commissioner for the British Antarctic Territory, UK CCAMLR Commissioner and the former Chair of DiPSi Steering Committee. Jane is a geographer by background and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. During 2018 Jane was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Leeds and an OBE for services to Polar science, marine conservation and diplomacy.
https://research.tees.ac.uk/files-asset/4126723/DisplayPhoto.jpgSimon McKeown
holds a PHD and is a Reader (semi professor) in the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) School of Art and Design, at Teesside University. He is a member of the External Advisory Group on Equality Diversity and Inclusion to the UK Governments UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
https://www.scar.org/images/people/Chandy_Nath_web.jpg Chandrika Nath
is Executive Director of SCAR has a PhD in High Energy Physics and worked as a glaciologist at BAS and has 17 years’ experience of providing scientific advice to policy makers across the UK Government and SCAR. She has a keen interest in diversity and capacity building and has worked with parliaments and researchers across the world to support uptake of research evidence in policy-making.
Renuka Badhe
is the Executive Secretary of the European Polar Board (EPB), holds a PhD on Southern Ocean phytoplankton physiology, and other degrees in environmental sciences, economics and public policy. Renuka has experience with various aspects of polar science, policy and strategy development and the interfaces between them form her principle area of interest.
A person wearing glasses posing for the cameraNicole Logan-Park

BAS Assistant Facilities Engineer – Works in the British Antarctic Survey Estates office alongside the Head of Polar Estates, Head of Antarctic Buildings and Services, Facilities Engineers for the BAS Cambridge Site and Antarctic Stations; In addition Nicole is charged with defining and supporting the Asset Information Requirements (AIR) processes and procedures for the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Program (AIMP).

She is an active member of the BAS and UKRI EDI network and supports the UK Polar Horizons Initiative outreach programme.

Huw Griffiths
is a BAS marine biogeographer with an interest in the Polar Regions. Currently the Co-chair and theme leader for Spatial Ecology of the SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research) scientific research programme AntEco (State of the Antarctic Ecosystem). Huw is also the 2020 awardee of the SCAR medal for Education and Communication.
Pilvi Muschitiello
is Impact Facilitator within the BAS Innovation Team. Pilvi is an active member of the BAS EDI Network and co-chairs the [email protected] forum. She supports Donna Frater in administrative tasks, updates the DiPSI website and was part of the UK Polar Horizons organising team.
Mariella Giancola
is the Head of Human Resource at BAS and leads the EDI Agenda. Mariella has spent most of her professional life working with researchers and professional staff in Cambridge to enhance their career opportunities and develop a more inclusive workplace. Since she joined BAS in 2015 Mariella has worked closely with members of the Staff Forum and the EDI Network to drive the EDI agenda at BAS.
Lara Lalemi
is a Postgraduate research student in Chemistry at Bristol University. Lara put on the first BME LGBT+ event at the Students’ Union and was the BME LGBT+ rep for the BME network and organised a new Diversity in STEM event to platform speakers from minority groups in science.
Holly Jenkins
Holly Jenkins is a PhD candidate working in NERC’s Changing Arctic Ocean Programme. Holly is the current vice-president and ex-president of the UK Polar Network, a voluntary network that assists early career researchers via skill development workshops, networking events, and aiming to make the Polar sciences more accessible for all. She created new EDI roles in the UKPN, with a focus on creating a ‘Network of Networks’ for EDI across the UK.
A man wearing a suit and tie.Mike Rose

Head of Engineering and Technology at BAS. Wintered at Halley in 1989 and 1990 and has had many field seasons North and South on station, ship and field although Halley has always been prominent. Mike was deputy project manager for Halley VI and recently worked on automating Halley and is an active member within the BAS EDI network.

Linda Capper
is Head of Communications at British Antarctic Survey.  She advises on strategic engagement issues for this initiative, and ensures that it benefits from alignment with UKRI-NERC and BAS’ own policy initiatives for equality, diversity and inclusion.
Geraldine Hough
is a BAS HR Project Officer for equality, diversity and inclusion started her career in environmental management before disability led her to focus on welfare and inclusion. Geraldine works with BAS staff groups and networks and is a Time to Change champion.
Athena Dinar
is Senior Science Communication Manager, Communications team. She advises and leads the development and delivery of the project’s engagement campaign.
A person wearing a hatEmma Kajiyama
is the BAS Innovation team administrator, and DiPSI project admin and coordinator. Emma can be contacted if you want to get in touch with the steering committee or have any queries about the project work.