The SCAR Secretariat is staffed by the Executive Director, Executive Officer, a Project Officer and a part-time Administrative Officer. It is responsible for the day-to-day administration of SCAR and it reports to the Executive Committee. The SCAR Secretariat is based at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, UK.
Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research
Scott Polar Research Institute
Tel: +44 1223 336550
Fax: +44 1223 336549
Chandrika has over 15 years’ experience of providing scientific advice to policy makers with the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. She has briefed UK policymakers on a wide range of policy areas spanning environment, energy, security, ICT and international development. Prior to working for Parliament, Chandrika worked as a glaciologist at the British Antarctic Survey from 1998-2002. She has a keen interest in diversity and capacity building and has worked with parliaments and researchers across the world to support uptake of research evidence in policy-making. She has a PhD in High Energy Physics from Oxford University.
Dr Nath joined the Secretariat in July 2018.
Executive Officer - Dr Eoghan Griffin
Eoghan has a PhD in Atmospheric Physics and an MSc in Experimental Physics.
From 1994, Eoghan spent the next 15 years at University College London in the Atmospheric Physics Laboratory studying the polar upper atmosphere, first as a PhD student and then as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow until 2009. He then joined the Imperial College INSPIRE teacher training programme and became a qualified teacher in 2010 before joining SCAR as a Project Officer in September 2011. In this role he helped manage aspects of the Open Science Conferences, Climate Change communications and latterly the day-to-day finances at the Secretariat. Eoghan took up the post of Executive Officer on 1 January 2015.
Project Officer - Dr Johanna Grabow
Johanna has a MA in English Literature and History and completed her PhD at Leipzig University on the reception of Antarctica in literature. Her previous work experience includes a position as communications and press officer at a publishing house and as coordinator of the Erasmus Programme. Johanna has also worked seasonally as an expedition guide and lecturer in the Arctic and Antarctic.
Johanna joined the Secretariat in September 2019.
Administrative Officer - Mrs Rosemary Nash
part-time: 9am-3pm, Monday to Thursday
Rosemary has a BA in History and Psychology and has worked in a number of administrative and other roles during her lengthy and varied career, including some years as a computer programmer, and a period as a full-time mother.
Rosemary joined SCAR as Administrative Assistant in October 2007. At that time, she knew very little about Antarctica except that it had penguins not polar bears, and that there was a landmass under the ice which had been part of Gondwana. She’s learnt a lot since then!
Administrative Assistant - Hayley Westlake
part-time: 9am-3pm, Monday to Friday
Hayley brings a wealth of experience and skills to her new role as the Administrative Assistant. She completed a BA in Literature and Film at the University of Warwick and since then has had a diverse career within the business, education, and non-profit sectors, including her most recent position as a project manager for an international company in Germany. Hayley has recently moved to Cambridge after living in Bochum, Germany for 4 years and is now enjoying settling back into life in the UK.
Hayley joined the Secretariat in May 2023.
Administrative Assistant - Angharad Downes
Angharad has an MA in Politics and International Relations and will soon complete a Masters in Polar Law from the University of Akureyri. While her studies and previous work experiences in tourism and academia have taken her to the Arctic, mostly Iceland and Lapland, her interests lie in the Antarctic.
Angharad joined the Secretariat in August 2023.
History of SCAR Secretariat Staff
Assistant/Executive Secretaries and Executive Directors
|George E Hemmen||Assistant Secretary|
|Peter D Clarkson||Executive Secretary|
|Colin P Summerhayes||Executive Director|
|Michael D Sparrow||Executive Director|
|Jenny L Baeseman||Executive Director|
|P Chandrika Nath||Executive Director|
|Michael D Sparrow|
Communications and Information Officers
(temporary post supported by funds from Norway and the Tinker Foundation)
Secretaries, Administrative Assistants and Administrative Officers
|Mrs H G Hatley||Secretary|
|Miss J Cotton||Secretary|
|Mrs L Jones||Secretary|
|Miss E F Lingham||Secretary|
|Miss L Teasdale||Secretary|
|Miss P J Bunn||Secretary|
|Mrs M Calder||Secretary|
|Miss C M Gairdner||Secretary|
|Mrs J M Jones||Secretary|
|Mrs J E Whiting||Secretary|
|Ms V Hunter||Secretary|
|Mrs P M Richmond||Secretary|
|Mrs M J Hassett||Administrative Assistant|
|Mr N Bislanis||Administrative Assistant|
|Mr D Dissanayake||Administrative Assistant|
|Mr M Armansin||Administrative Assistant|
|Moira J Hassett||Administrative Assistant|
|Amanda J Dalton||Administrative Assistant|
|Karen Smith||Administrative Assistant|
|Rosemary Nash||Administrative Assistant