Life Sciences Research for Lifelong Health

Impact Team

The Impact Team works across different areas of partnership and interaction to maximise the impact of research from the Babraham Institute and ensure our discoveries have direct beneficial effects in our economy and society.

The team supports three main functionalities, Knowledge Exchange & Commercialisation (KEC), Public Engagement (PE) and Science Communication (SC).

The Knowledge Exchange & Commercialisation Team

The Knowledge Exchange & Commercialisation Team facilitates Institute impacts through collaboration with other Institutes, networking bodies and commercial organisations. Their main audiences include industry and policymakers.



Dr Simon Cook

Head of Knowledge Exchange & Commercialisation
Phone: 01223 496453​

Simon has led a research team at the Institute since 1997, his interest is in cell signalling and he has produced close to 100 publications. He studied in London and Glasgow, gaining a PhD for studies in lipid signal transduction. Simon also has experience of working in industry having spent six years with ONYX Pharmaceuticals in California, where he developed an interest in protein kinase signalling.

His role at the Institute also means Simon is part of the Babraham Executive Committee and the Science Policy Committee. His lab has collaborations with AstraZeneca and campus company Phoremost.


LindenMrs Linden Fradet

Knowledge Exchange Manager
Phone: 01223 496260

Linden joined the Institute as Knowledge Exchange Manager, responsible initially for both Knowledge Exchange (KE) and Public Engagement (PE) strategies. Running both programmes to maximise the impact of the Institute's science, Linden facilitated collaborations with different user communities; clinicians, policymakers, charities and public audiences. Linden is now responsible for the development and delivery of Knowledge Exchange activities exclusively, working closely with the Commercialisation Manager to deliver the Institute’s KEC strategy.

Before joining the Institute in 2013, Linden worked at the Centre for Science & PolicyRoyal Society of Chemistry and GlaxoSmithKline following her Chemistry studies at the University of Strathclyde.


Commercialisation Manager - currently vacant

The Commercialisation Manager delivers the Institute’s Commercialisation activities as part of the Institute’s Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation strategy.

Enquiries to the Commercialisation Manager should be directed to:


Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation Officer - currently vacant

The Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) Officer supports the Knowledge Exchange Manager and Commercialisation Manager in delivering a programme of projects and events to fulfil the KEC programme for the Institute. The KEC Officer has responsibility for various knowledge exchange and commercialisation activities both within the Institute and working with the Institute’s trading arm Babraham Institute Enterprise Limited.

Enquiries to the Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation Officer should be directed to:


The Public Engagement Team

The Public Engagement Team facilitates Institute impacts by supporting open, honest engagement with members of the public.
Their main audiences include schools, families and community groups.



Dr Tacita Croucher

Public Engagement Manager
Phone: 01223 496474

Tacita is responsible for the development and delivery of the Institute’s Public Engagement strategy, which aims to embed engagement in our research activities and support interactions between researchers and public groups. Working with the Schools & Public Engagement Officers, Tacita facilitates events and activities including science festivals, schools engagement, community workshops and tours as well as bespoke projects to cater for adult, student, teacher and family audiences.

Tacita joined the Institute in 2013. She holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield, where she also led an award-winning branch of the British Science AssociationScience Brainwaves.


MikeMr Michael Hinton

Web Manager and Schools Officer
Phone: 01223 496364

Working with the Public Engagement Manager, Michael is responsible for development and delivery of outreach events at primary, secondary and sixth-form levels, encouraging researchers to pass on their enthusiasm for bioscience to students of all ages. Michael is also part of the Institute's Web Team and works to maintain the Institute's internal and external websites.

Michael joined the Institute in 1986 and spent 20 years working in a research group in the Neurobiology programme before moving into Public Engagement in 2004.


Dr Emma Martinez-Sanchez

Public Engagement Officer (ORION)
Phone: 01223 496206​

Emma is the Public Engagement Officer working on the EU H2020 funded ORION project which aims to embed Open Science and Responsible Research and Innovation principles in research funding and performing organisations. Embedding these principles aims to make science more collaborative, transparent and accessible to all in order to align the whole research process with the values, needs and expectations of society. The ORION project is a collaborative project between two funders and four research institutes in four European countries. Find out how the Babraham Institute is contributing to ORION here.

Emma joined the Institute in August 2017. Previously Emma worked at the European Animal Research Association where she facilitated an informed dialogue regarding biomedical animal research in order to promote a sustainable research environment. Emma first came to Cambridge in 2013 to do her postdoctoral research at the WT-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute where she investigated protein transport during tumour development in stem cells.


The Science Communication Team

The Science Communication Team shares the latest news within and beyond the Institute, their goal is to raise the Institute's profile by engaging key figures and the media. Their main audiences include press and the media.


JonathanDr Jonathan Lawson

Communications Manager (maternity cover)
Phone: 01223 496230

Jonathan is responsible for the Institute's communication activities, externally and internally. This includes the Institute's publications, research news, media enquiries, social media and internal messaging.

Jonathan came to the Institute from Cancer Research UK in London. Jonathan studied in Cambridge, with an MSci in Biochemistry and PhD in Developmental Mechanisms. During his studies he developed communications skills with organisations including the Cambridge Science Festival, FameLab and BlueSci science magazine. He enjoys baking and decorating cakes, particularly ones inspired by science.


LouisaDr Louisa Wood

Communications Manager (currently on maternity leave)

Louisa is currently on leave from the role of Communications Manager. She has over eight years' experience in communication and engagement. Prior to joining the Babraham Institute she worked at the European Bioinformatics Institute managing outreach programmes and coordinating the Institute's communication activities.