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Prosper employer panel

On the 29th of September 2021 we held a panel session with employers from a range of organisations.

Speakers' bios

Susan Raikes

Susan Raikes is Director of Learning at the Science Museum Group, the world’s leading group of science museums which shares its unparalleled collection spanning science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine with over five million visitors each year. Susan has overall responsibility for learning direction, strategy and planning. Prior to joining SMG, Susan spent 10 years at the British Museum, with responsibility for all education programming and national partnership work. 

Susan was the 2012/2013 Arts Council England Museums Fellow on the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme and is also a curator and author. She has MAs in both Museum Studies and in Primary Education. Susan is passionate about the power of museums to intrigue, inspire and provide creative learning environments. Susan is a member of the Royal Society Education Committee and a Trustee of the Postal Museum. 

Dr Lauren Evans  

Dr Lauren Evans is Head of Radiotherapy Innovations in Rutherford Innovations for Rutherford Health. 

As a member of the Rutherford Innovations Senior Leadership and Management Team, Lauren is responsible for the implementation of research and innovation projects. She is lead on education, training and development and also manages strategic service development regarding radiotherapy research, innovation and evaluation at Rutherford Health. Part of Lauren’s role is to conceive, design and implement research and innovation projects. Thereby, leading to new knowledge and procedural solutions that have a clinical impact and influence on the organisation’s research and development agenda. In addition, Lauren supports and encourages the dissemination of good practice, leading by example by seeking to have work published and by supporting others in the publication and dissemination of research and innovation projects. 

Lauren graduated from Cardiff University in 2009 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Radiotherapy and Oncology. Lauren then started her clinical career at Velindre Cancer Centre, while continuing to pursue her research interests. She then extended her academic research and career and in 2018 was awarded a dual enterprise PhD in Healthcare Sciences and Engineering. Lauren joined Rutherford Health as a post-doctoral researcher in 2019 and in 2020 was given her current role as Head of Radiotherapy. 

Rutherford Cancer Centres operate a network of cancer centres, nationally and internationally, providing all-encompassing cancer services for patients. Our vision is to transform cancer care for patients by providing personalised and holistic support. The centres deliver high-quality diagnostic imaging and the latest in advanced cancer treatments including radiotherapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and proton beam therapy across all centres. Rutherford Cancer Centres are built and managed by Rutherford Health, the forerunners in innovative cancer care and leading developers of proton beam therapy centres in the UK and beyond. 

Adam Moss 

Adam Moss is Head of Engineering Strategy and Technical Leadership, Site Reliability Engineering, and DevOps Engineering for the Department of Work and Pensions and is ultimately responsible for the policies, tooling, and standards used by the Engineering Practice. Prior to this he spent 18 years working in and leading development teams in both the private and public sectors, helping them transition from mainframes to cloud, waterfall to agile, and embrace open source. In his spare time, he is a volunteer Scout Leader and can often be found taking his children on long walks or riding his Harley. 

Dr Rachel Quinn 

Dr Rachel Quinn has been Director of Medical Science Policy at the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) since 2009. She joined after nine years in various policy roles at the Royal Society. She has also been interim CEO at AMS and was seconded to the Medical Research Council as Director of External Affairs. Rachel is a co-opted Trustee for policy on the Council of the British Pharmacological Society. She started her career with a two-year postdoc, then two years as a Grants & Fellowships Administrator at the Natural Environment Research Council. This followed a PhD in Ecology from Imperial College London and a degree in Applied Biology from Cardiff University. 

The Academy of Medical Sciences is the independent body in the UK representing the diversity of medical science. Our mission is to advance biomedical and health research and its translation into benefits for society. Our Fellowship of the UK’s best biomedical and health researchers underpin all that we do. Our policy work seeks to influence decision makers in areas such as global health; science funding and infrastructure; innovation; public health and regulation. We work with reserachers and decision makers across academia, industry, medical research charities, the NHS, regulators and Government. 

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