UKSPA Executive Team

UKSPA Executive Team

UKSPA Executive Team 

Jim Duvall - Director and Chief Executive 

Jim DuvallJim was formely the the Membership Manager of the Association (since February 2008) and was appointed to the role of Director in 2017. He was previously Head of Information Management at the Local Government Association (LGA) which is the organisation representing all local authorities in England and Wales

At the LGA he was responsible for a number of services for a group of national organisations. These included developing a national “one stop shop” for local government enquiries through the creation of a specialist call centre. He also was responsible for the delivery of a shared CRM system that captured data on membership contact as well as bringing together the websites and staff intranets of the organisations. 

Prior to that he was Public Affairs Manager at the Association of County Councils.(ACC).  He was heavily involved in ACC parliamentary lobbying and advocacy activities as well as conference and other event management including parliamentary receptions and political party conference fringe events. Both associations were voluntary membership bodies operating at a national level and Jim was responsible for a number of services and projects that delivered value for money and high quality services to their membership. 

"We anticipate exciting developments for UKSPA members over the coming years,” said David Hardman, UKSPA Chairman, “Jim’s leadership combined with the resources offered by a full executive team will enable us to forge ahead with many of the more ambitious plans laid down over the past decade. As key contributors to the UK’s Industrial Strategy, science parks and sites of research and innovation really must have effective networks that encourage and support collaboration and knowledge sharing, and UKSPA sits at the centre of that remit" 

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Sarah Lawton - Communications Manager 

Sarah began her career in communications with animal pharmaceutical company, Intervet UK, becoming a certified web developer in 2004. Responsible for the build and upkeep of both the first company intranet and the UK internet site within the global content management system, Sarah was recognised as a technological trailblazer.

Since then, Sarah spent nearly five years expanding her skills across marketing, PR and marcomms strategy with a science-led B2B agency, Kapler Communications. Focused on content management, Sarah delivered high quality science writing, as well as introducing social media, across the agency's entire client portfolio.

In 2012, Sarah became a freelancer under the banner of For Content Ltd. delivering content-led marketing strategy and associated content to a broad base of science, technology and education clients, to include such brands as the Royal Society, Dalton University, AstraZeneca and Kimberly Clark Professionals, among many others.

Sarah transitioned into the editorship of UKSPA's Breakthrough magazine in 2017 as a contractor with Future Fusion, and has now taken on the full time communciation role at the Association.

Sarah joined UKSPA in January 2018 and is responsible for the production and delivery of communications and other activities that promote UKSPA, its members, and the science and innovation sector both online and in print. She also remains the editor of Breakthrough.


Louise Tilbrook, Membership Administrator

Louise Tilbrook joined UKSPA in January 2018, having left her previous role as a Clinical Scientist in the NHS. Louise has a background in delivery of clinical services and clinical communication across several hospital sites and has worked with quality management systems to ensure effective service provision. She has also played a role in editorial content and support for various professional journals and newsletters.

Louise is the Membership Administrator and is responsible for the day to day maintenance of the website, social media updates and other member communications. 

Contact: 01799 532050