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 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.