Project Team

The grant scheme is led and supported by a team based within Durham University’s Anthropology Department. An Advisory Board provides general oversight.

Prof Rachel Kendal
Project Leader and Principal Investigator

Dr Eva Reindl
Postdoctoral Researcher

Lorna Winship
Grant Manager

Bella Reichard
Research Communications Manager

Dr Elena Miltiadis
Grant Administrator


Advisory Board

The Advisory Board provides general oversight of the project. Its members act as critical friends while holding the project team to account. They enhance the longer-term impact of the projects through their experience and networks.

Further information

Prof Christine Caldwell
University of Stirling
As Deputy Dean of Faculty at the University of Stirling, Christine is experienced in high level strategizing for research objectives and efficiencies. She has an illustrious research background in cultural evolution and experience of managing large grants in the field.

Dr Philip Garnett
University of York
Philip is Senior Lecturer in Systems and Organisation at the University of York. He investigates how organisations and society works (and fails), and interventions globally.

Penny Hawkins
Creative Evaluation Limited
As CEO of Creative Evaluation Limited, Penny has extensive experience in public policy and international development evaluation. She was formerly the Head of Evaluation at the UK Department of International Development (DFID, now FCDO).

Prof Roger Kneebone
Imperial College, London
Roger is Professor of Surgical Education and Engagement Science at Imperial College, London, and a London Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow. He is interested in the intersection of creativity and science and engagement of society with science.

Prof Kevin Laland
FRSE, St Andrews University
Kevin is a former President of the Cultural Evolution Society and has extensive research interests in cultural evolution. He has vast experience of managing large grants, including with the John Templeton Foundation.

Andy Lloyd
The Centre for Life, Newcastle
Andy is Head of Development at the Centre for Life, Newcastle. As specialist in public engagement from a non-academic’s point of view, he may assist the programme with the design of public outreach for projects/working groups and overall grant findings.

Prof Jane MacNaughton
Durham University
Jane has led two very large Wellcome Trust grants at Durham University, which are highly interdisciplinary, applied and involve innovative public engagement. Her experience in, and commitment to, career development of early career researchers links her well with the aims of the programme.

Prof Tom McLeish
FRS, University of York
Tom is a Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of York, author of the book Faith & Wisdom in Science, and a Trustee of the John Templeton Foundation. He is interested in applying physics to cultural evolution and advises the programme on Ethics.

Nick Wilkie
Parent Infant Foundation
Currently Chair of the Parent Infant Foundation, Nick has had many leading roles in the charitable sector in the UK (e.g. CEO of the National Childbirth Trust, Director of UK Programmes for Save the Children). His experience will benefit the programme by providing useful oversight of efficient use of funds, ethical matters and development of public policy.