Who We Are

The Network's members are researchers, analysts, policy makers and decision makers who wish to better understand decision making from policy, academia and industry sectors both UK centric and internationally.

The Network is led by a Steering Committee who direct the activities of the Network and engage with different sectors in order to ensure its relevance to the members.

Network colleagues include: the Energy Systems Catapult, Defence Science and Technology Laboratories, E3G, Anglian Water, Natural England, Strategy Foresight, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Energy Futures Lab, Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, Involvement and Participation Association, Shell, BP, Ofgem, Network Rail, National Power amongst many others.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee are volunteers who give up their time to work on developing capacity and greater understanding around decision making:

Martine Barons

Martine Barons is the Director of the Applied Statistics and Risk Unit. Martine had a career in business and finance before studying Mathematics later and becoming an academic. She specialises in modelling of human systems, with particular emphasis on decision support in domains form  medicine to pollination.  Martine is also  skilled in the use of structured expert judgement elicitation. Martine is an Associate Member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, an Associate Member of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.

Mark Burgman

Mark Burgman is Director of the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College. He works on risk analysis, conservation biology, ecological modelling, environmental policy and expert judgement. On temporary sabbatical from Network to July 2019 - due to being committed to a substantial portfolio of work.

Geoff Darch

Geoff Darch is a Chartered Scientist who specialises in long-term planning and risk, related to climate and socio-economic uncertainties.  He is Principal Systems Planner within the supply-demand strategy team at Anglian Water, which develops long-term plans for water resources and water recycling.  Geoff is a guest lecturer at the Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia and sits on several climate change working groups including at CIWEM, BSI and ISO.

Charles Featherston

Charles Featherston is currently the Head of Horizon Scanning and Futures at the Government Office for Science. Before joining government his research interests were in foresight; innovation systems; and science, technology, and innovation policy. He has a PhD in System Dynamics and Scenario Planning from the Australian National University.

Simon French

Simon French has spent some four decades researching decision making and acting as a consultant across the public and private sectors.  He has been particularly involved in crisis management.  Semi-retired he still works in the Department of Statistics at the University of Warwick and is a member of several projects relating to decision analysis.  In 2017 he was awarded the Ramsey Medal by the INFORMS Decision Analysis Society.

Richard Heap

Richard Heap is a Horizon Scanning Engineer at the Energy Systems Catapult.  He has undertaken a number of projects addressing technological and social issues both in the energy sector and in science more generally at the Energy Research Partnership and Royal Society.  He is leading the Networks activities on Energy Futures.

Lucas Kruitwagen

Lucas Kruitwagen is a Research Assistant on the Sustainable Finance Programme, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. Lucas researches engagement on and disclosure of environment-related risks between companies and investors. Lucas is also a Visiting Researcher at Imperial College London where he researches organisational decision-making under conditions of risk and uncertainty.

David Leslie

David Leslie - Statistics and Data Science Institute, Lancaster: On Sabbatical from Network - due to being committed to a substantial portfolio of work.

Polina Levontin

Polina Levontin is a visiting researcher at Imperial College. She is interested in how uncertainties in scientific advice may be communicated and, in particular, visualised. She is leading the Networks activities on the visualisation of uncertainty.

Nick Mabey

Nick Mabey is Chief Executive and a founder director of E3G (Third Generation Environmentalism) a non-profit European organisation dedicated to accelerating the transition to sustainable development.

Kaveh Madani

Kaveh Madani - is taking up a new role at Yale in January 2019.  He is presently on sabattical from the Network.

Craig Smalley

Craig Smalley is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Earth Science & Engineering at Imperial College.  He runs an active consultancy that provides companies and organizations in the petroleum sector with technical advice, tools and training to improve their business processes, including risk management and decision making.  Craig spent most of his career at BP, where he was Senior Advisor in risk management, and founded and ran an internal global network for risk, uncertainty and decision making.

Nikki Power

Nikki Power is a lecturer in Psychology at Lancaster University. Her research explores decision-making in high-stakes environments, where she has worked with organisations including the emergency services and the NHS. Specifically, she is interested in the concept of ‘decision inertia’: the psychological concept of failing to act due to redundant deliberation. Nikki is on sabattical from the Network due to research committments.

Emma Soane

Emma Soane is a Chartered Psychologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Emma studies organisational risk and she teaches organisational behaviour and leadership to postgraduate and executive students.

Mark Workman

Mark Workman is a specialist in Strategic Foresight.  He assists organisations develop novel insights about risks and opportunities that might develop in different possible futures.