Our People

Hilary Sutcliffe

Hilary Sutcliffe is the Director of MATTER and was previously the Director of the Responsible Nano Forum which she founded in 2007.  Prior to that she ran Shared View a consultancy specialising in multi-stakeholder involvement & communications.

She leads MATTER’s work to inspire people to think differently about innovation.

Hilary sits on World Economic Forum Global Futures Council on Human Rights, and previously the Global Agenda Council on Nanotechnologies;  the Responsible Research and Innovation Steering Group at the University of Sheffield; the Governance Sub-Group of the UK Synthetic Biology Leadership Council ; the External Advisory Board of the Institute of Innovation Research, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester and the Advisory Board of SynbioChem, the Centre for Synbio & speciality fine chemicals.

She was previously a Non-Exec Director of EIRIS (the Ethical Investment Research Service),  the External Advisory Board of the University of Michigan Risk Science Centre in the USA; chaired the Advisory Board of ResAgora a research project which explored a Responsible Innovation Framework for Europe;  the advisory board of the Public Dialogue on applications of Nanotechnologies; a member of Amnesty International UK Business Group and was involved in the Royal Society of Arts Inquiry into Tomorrow’s Company.

She has a MSc in Responsibility in Business Practice from the University of Bath.

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Daan works with MATTER on the design of new forms of collaboration with researchers and their stakeholders to encourage reflection and action on the social and ethical dimensions of emerging technologies in research. He has been involved in the delivery, design, management and evaluation of Dutch and EU research projects for over 15 years and recent projects include the EU FP7 Project NanoDiode, an extensive programme of outreach and dialogue on nanotechnologies; a series of courses and coaching programmes on Risk Analysis and Technology Assessment for the Dutch innovation programme NanoNextNL and H2020 projects Genetic Clinic of the Future and SeeingNano.  He runs De Proeffabriek (The Pilot Plant) a consultancy and is a member of the Horizon 2020 Advisory Group on Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology & Advanced Manufacturing (NMBP). Daan studied chemistry and philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and has a PhD in Ethics of Technology from Delft University of Technology.

Mike King

mike_largeMike works with MATTER on public & stakeholder engagement issues, helping organisations develop the right approach to engagement in respect to emerging technologies. Mike is an Environmental Scientist with considerable experience, both in the UK and internationally, in using public & stakeholder engagement, facilitation and participative process design to help organisations achieve sustainability outcomes.

Previous to this he was Chief Executive of the Environment Council, an NGO that pioneered the use of stakeholder engagement and public participation to help resolve environmental issues. He has also been Chief Executive of the Living Earth Foundation, specialising in community engagement to enhance natural resource management in the developing world and Director of Conservation at BTCV where he was responsible the policy and practice of the UK’s leading conservation volunteering organisation.

Mike is also an Non-Executive Director of the Association of Sustainability Practitioners.


Adrian Henriques

adrian_largeAdrian works with MATTER on technology governance issues and helping businesses understand the social, economic and environmental issues associated with their use of emerging technologies and the development of appropriate action strategies. He has been involved in the development of the Responsible Nano Code and the Responsible Nano Forum. He has also facilitated a conference on appropriate nanotechnology regulation at the European level.

Adrian has extensive experience of accountability and stakeholder issues, working with companies, NGOs and the public sector, including Roche, the Science Museum and Friends of the Earth. He has particular expertise in stakeholder engagement, research, standards and reporting and has worked with the Global Reporting Initiative and the Global Compact.

His is also Chair of the UK Mirror Committee for ISO 26000 and is Visiting Professor of Accountability and CSR at Middlesex University.


Deborah Leipziger

deborah_largeDeborah Leipziger advises companies, governments and UN agencies on governance and corporate responsibility (CR) issues. She is the author of The Corporate Responsibility Code Book and SA8000: The Definitive Guide to the New Social Standard, among other books and publications. Her books have been translated into Portuguese, Chinese, and Korean. She serves on the board of a number of organizations, including Aviva Investors’ Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investment, and is a Member of the International Board, Instituto Ethos, Brazil.

Ms. Leipziger has worked in the field of governance and corporate responsibility in the UK, the US, and the Netherlands.