Science Services and Laboratories

Providing world-class laboratory infrastructure and efficient and effective science services.

Scientists at work in a laboratory

Acting Head of Science Services and Laboratories: Dr Elizabeth Gardner

The Science Services and Laboratories teams provide support for Kew's research and partnerships departments.

Conservation Policy and Science Communications

We provide expert advice, support and training on international biodiversity conventions, and prepare collaborative research agreements. We advise Defra and ensure Kew science informs policy decisions at the national and international level. The team additionally coordinates internal and external science communication activities.

Team lead: Dr Carly Cowell


China Williams, Senior Science Officer - CBD
Sonia Dhanda, Science Officer - CITES
David Whitehead, Science Officer - CITES
Leigh-Anne Bullough, Science Officer - CITES
Emma Williams, Science Officer - CITES
Claudine Domingue, Communications & Engagement Manager
Ben Evans, Digital Communications Officer - Science
Paul Figg, Science Communications Coordinator


We provide expertise and support for scientists across disciplines.

Lab managers

John Adams, Seed Biology
Dr Dion Devey, Molecular
Chrissie Prychid, Imaging/EM
Dr Geoffrey Kite, Biochemistry

Lab technicians

Pablo Gómez Barreiro, Seed Biology
László Csiba, Molecular
Robyn Cowan, Molecular
Dr Penny Malaksi, Molecular
Dr Robyn Powell, Flow Cytometry
Maria Conejero, Imaging/EM
Jonathan Kendon, In Vitro Biology

Research Services

The Research Services team provide a crucial service to Kew scientists to help them to achieve the external funding required to deliver Kew’s scientific vision. The team provides expert advice, training and support to Kew scientists throughout the lifecycle of a project, from developing ideas and proposals, internal approvals and submissions, to the support of successful awards, closedown of projects, and scoping potential follow-on funding.

Team lead: Dr Maria Fitzpatrick


Dr Lottie Chapman, Research Grant Writer
Jenny Martin, Research Support Officer
Jessica Harrison, Fellowships and Funding Support Officer

Health & Safety and Estates Liaison 

A team to ensure a safe working environment across the Science Directorate, members work on improving sustainable working practices and act as a point of contact to Estates.

Team lead: Dr Keith Manger


Dr Elaine Porter, H&S and Estates Liason Officer
Noor Juna, H&S and Estates Liason Officer
Toni Risebro, Support Officer, MSB
Carol Pearce, Support Officer, MSB
Jayne Elson, MSB Receptionist
Sally Lambert, MSB Receptionist
Philomena Davies, Business Support Assistant
Nilgun Charlton, Reception and Mailroom Administrator

Senior Science Support

This team provides strategic and operational support to the Director of Science, Deputy Directors of Science and Heads of Science Sections.

Team lead: Dr James Wearn


Lucy Took, PA to the Director of Science
Anabel Evans / Elizabeth Howard, PA to Deputy Directors of Science
Mark Martin, PA to Science Priority Leaders
Stephanie Rezende Maran, PA to Science Priority Leads

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