Dr. Hilary Leevers

As Head of Education and Learning at the Wellcome Trust, Hilary leads work to improve science education.  This includes: an ambitious new campaign to improve science in primary schools, funding and advocacy for teacher professional development, and work bringing researchers and teachers together to build the evidence base to inform policy and practice.  After studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge, Hilary went onto a DPhil at Oxford and Assistant Professorial position at the Centre for Molecular and Behavioural Neuroscience at Rutgers, USA; her research covered children’s reasoning and learning strategies, early cognitive and language development, and developmental disabilities.  After returning to the UK, she joined the Campaign for Science & Engineering as Assistant Director and worked on a breadth of policy issues, including leading on education, before joining Wellcome in 2011.  She is a governor of a 5-16 comprehensive school.