Clare Viney CSci CChem FRSC, Chief Executive Officer 

Clare took up the role of Chief Executive Officer of CRAC in October 2016. A strategic leader with over 17 years' advocacy, policy and external affairs experience, Clare is a Chartered Scientist and Chemist with extensive experience in the science community and not-for-profit sector. She is passionate about investing in future generations and those from diverse backgrounds and experiences, empowering people to realise their potential and achieve their career and development goals.

Prior to her role at CRAC Clare was with the Royal Society of Chemistry for 16 years in a variety of roles in membership, fundraising, science policy, communications and latterly leading Membership and External Affairs. Her role ensured that the Royal Society of Chemistry remains the most influential voice for chemistry in the UK, Europe and beyond. 

Clare has a BSc and MPhil in chemistry from the University of Sheffield and currently sits of the Employability Board of the University of Sheffield and the External Advisory Board of the Department of Chemistry of the University of Southampton.

You can follow Clare on Twitter @clare_viney


Dr. Robin Mellors-Bourne, Director of Research and Intelligence

Robin joined CRAC in 2004 as Commercial & Business Development Director, and has led several of its business functions prior to his current role as Director of Research & Intelligence. He has particular research interests in work experience and employability, STEM careers and evaluation, as well as undertaking research for Vitae, and also in developing career learning outside formal education settings. He has authored numerous evaluation and research studies across these fields, for Government departments, its agencies and other education and employer organisations.

In addition to his research portfolio, Robin holds or has recently held advisory positions on several national career-related programmes, including Futuretrack, the ‘National STEM Careers and Choices' programme and projects at the Institute of Education. He is also a member of the national Careers Innovation Group.

Prior to joining CRAC, after enjoying the independence and travel of a PhD in geology, Robin worked in scientific publishing. In a career of 15 years he worked for a number of companies in editorial and publishing roles, and was Director of Publishing at the IEE (Institution of Electrical Engineers, now the IET), a large international technical publisher.


Alison Mitchell,  Director of Development

Alison leads Vitae business development, innovation and major contracts, building on our international position as innovators in professional development for researchers and developing our existing activities and programmes to deliver our mission and support organisational growth and sustainability.  Major Vitae projects include the Vitae Researcher Development Framework and associated training and development resources to enhance the professional development of researchers and researcher developers, including leadership, equality and diversity, innovation, enterprise, entrepreneurship and public engagement. Alison has delivered a range of lectures, training and workshops internationally. An experienced researcher, Alison has held a number of roles in universities. As Head of the Postgraduate Research Office, University of Strathclyde, she was responsible for University- wide researcher development, post graduate collaborative training with industry, postgraduate funding and scholarships, knowledge transfer and doctoral training, researching into intrapreneurship and researchers' roles in high technology SMEs. At the University of Glasgow, Alison's role included international postgraduate recruitment and training. Alison has a life long passion for science education, especially for girls, creating exciting opportunities for students throughout nursery, primary, secondary and university education. She is a member of the Institute of Knowledge Transfer, Chartered Management Institute, a Fellow of the Association of University Administrators and an Associate Fellow of the University of Warwick.