The Team

Melanie Smallman, Managing Director

Melanie founded Think-Lab in 1999 and has hands-on involvement in every aspect of Think-Lab's work.

She has a solid background in science communication and Public Relations, having worked in the field since 1989, handling public relations for a range of national organisations such as the Natural Environment Research Council and the Science Museum. She has a Masters degree in Science Communication from Imperial College.

Melanie is an honorary research fellow at University College London, interested in European approaches to science communication, is a 'Dialogue and Engagement Specialist' in the Science Wise Expert Resource Centre and is an associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Alongside her work at Think-Lab, Melanie was a Labour Councillor for ten years, a parliamentary candidate in the 2005 general election and helps run environmental campaign SERA.



laura-thinklab_origLaura Goodall, Junior Consultant

Laura is the lead writer and project manager for Elements, the science magazine that Think-Lab produces for Defra. 

She was first critically appraised as a skilled science writer in 2007, winning the Runner-Up prize at the Daily Telegraph’s Science Writer Awards, and has since written for a wide range of audiences and publications.

Laura holds an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College and an International Honours degree in Human Genetics from the University of Leeds/University of California. She has also been formally trained in graphic and web design.

As well as working at Think-Lab, Laura is Publicity Officer and a founding member of Science London (the British Science Association’s Central London branch) and also a Tour Guide at the Science Museum.


Lindley Gooden, Associate

Lindley is a successful broadcast journalist with particular experience in working with 'Youth' audiences. He has presented news for BBC 3, Radio 1 and currently reports part-time for Channel 5 and Sky News. He is a scientist by training and works with Think-Lab on a range of projects to present science to 'youth' audiences.