Dr Katie Perry

Chief Executive, Daphne Jackson Trust

Dr Katie Perry is a member of the Steering Group for the project Leading the way: Increasing diversity in the scientific workforce

"The Daphne Jackson Trust is a Charity that is solely dedicated to returning scientists to their careers after a prolonged break.  Therefore diversity issues are part of my everyday work and are something I am committed to.  Having known Daphne Jackson personally – she was the country’s first ever female physics professor and was my head of Dept at Surrey – I know the integrity with which she set up the fellowships scheme.  Daphne was partly the reason that I moved away from research, as she has asked me to do her talks in schools for her when she became ill, and I realised that I wanted to pursue a career in science communication.  I spent five happy years running the public understanding of physics programme for the Institute of Physics until I had my Daughter and then was devastated when the Institute did not want to know about part time working and I was forced to leave. Diverse teams are more productive and I feel very strongly about giving all the workforce a chance to be who they are and work to the limits of their potential with no prejudice."

Our mission

To recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

Our priorities

  • Promoting science and its benefits
  • Recognising excellence in science
  • Supporting outstanding science
  • Providing scientific advice for policy
  • Fostering international and global cooperation
  • Education and public engagement