About Us

Jurassica is the vision of Michael Hanlon, a science writer who grew up in Dorset and who spent many happy days hammering and chiselling the cliffs of Purbeck, Portland and Charmouth searching for the treasures they contain.

While studying earth sciences at university, he realised he did not have the head for figures that a career as a geologist requires, and after many twists and turns became a successful science journalist, on the staff of three national newspapers including an 11-year stint as science editor of the Daily Mail. He is also a regular contributor to broadcast media and magazines, including the Spectator. He has written six popular science books, including the best-selling ‘Science of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ and an in-depth account of NASA’s Galileo mission to Jupiter.

Michael is interested in everything, especially (in no particular order) rocks, fossils, space, Martian life (if there is any), cosmology and philosophy. But his passion now is to give something back to the beautiful county that nurtured his interest in science and our planet in the first place, more than 40 years ago.



Dennis Hone

Dennis-HoneDennis Hone has worked on urban regeneration at the intersection if the public and private sectors for over 27 years In 2006 Dennis joined the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) as Director of Finance and Corporate Services becoming Chief Executive of the ODA in early 2011. The ODA delivered all infrastructure and venues on time and on budget and led the organisation to completion of the construction programme, through the Olympic Games and up to the handover of the Olympic assets to successor bodies. From August 2012 to 31 March 2013 Dennis was both Chief Executive of the ODA and the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) becoming full time Chief Executive of the LLDC on 1 April 2013 – a position he held until he joined Mace on 20 October 2014.

Previously Dennis held a number of senior roles in the public sector including Chief Operating Officer and Regional Director at English Partnerships (1999 – 2006), Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive of the Commission for the New Towns (1992 – 1999) and Financial Controller at London Docklands Development Corporation (1987 – 1992).

Dennis became a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2013 and has recently been awarded the Freedom of the City of London.

Sir Tim Smit

Sir Tim Smit KBE was born in Holland on 25 September 1954. He read Archaeology and Anthropology at Durham University. Tim worked for ten years in the music industry as composer/producer in both rock music and opera. In 1987 Tim moved to Cornwall he and John Nelson together ‘discovered’ and then restored the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Tim remains a Director of the gardens to the present day.

Tim is Executive Vice-Chairman, and Co-founder of the Award winning Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall. Eden began as a dream in 1995 and opened its doors to the public in 2000, since when more than 16 million people have come to see what was once a sterile pit turned into a cradle of life containing world-class horticulture and startling architecture symbolic of human endeavour. Eden has contributed over £1 billion into the Cornish economy. Eden is proud of its success in changing people’s perception of the potential for and the application of science, by communicating and interpreting scientific concepts through the use of art, drama and storytelling as well as living up to its mission to take a pivotal role in local regeneration. It demonstrates once and for all that sustainability is not about sandals and nut cutlets, it is about good business practice and the citizenship values of the future.

Tim is a Trustee, Patron and Board Member of a number of statutory and voluntary bodies both locally and nationally. He has received a variety of national awards including The Royal Society of Arts Albert Medal (2003). In 2002 he was awarded an Honorary CBE in the New Years Honours List and In January 2011 he was appointed an honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) by Her Majesty the Queen. This appointment was made substantive in June 2012 when he became a British Citizen. He has received Honorary Doctorates and Fellowships from a number of Universities. Tim was voted ‘Great Briton of 2007’ in the Environment category of the Morgan Stanley Great Britons Awards. In 2011 Tim was given a special award at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, which recognises the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. Tim has taken part in a quantity of television and radio programmes and has been the subject of ‘This is Your Life’ and a guest on ‘Desert Island Discs’. He is a regular speaker at conferences, dinners, Awards Ceremonies and other events. Tim is the author of books about both Heligan and Eden and he has contributed to publications on a wide variety of subjects. He lives in Lostwithiel, Cornwall and in his free time he enjoys reading, film, music and art.

Tracey Brown

Tracey has been the director of Sense About Science since 2002. She has a background in social research, and previously spent four years working on a European Commission programme to establish sociological research and teaching in the former Soviet Union. During her time at Sense About Science Tracey has led successful initiatives and campaigns to promote and protect sound science and evidence in public life and she has written and edited popular public guides to scientific research.

Tracey is a regular public speaker and chair, and writes and talks about scientific evidence, policy and the public in national media. She has written papers, periodicals and books on accountability for evidence, including In the Interests of Safety (2013), republished in 2016 as Playing by the Rules. She took up the same theme of holding authorities to account for evidence in her 2014 TEDx talk, The Power of Asking for Evidence.

Tracey is a trustee of the Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science, she sits on the advisory board of OpenTrials and on the steering group of the Food Standard Agency’s ‘Our Food Future’ project. She was a commissioner on the UK Drug Policy Commission from 2009 to 2012, and a trustee of Centre of the Cell, the first science education centre to be located within working biomedical research laboratories, until December 2013. The Royal College of Pathologists made Tracey a Friend of the College in 2009 for her work in promoting public engagement in pathology and the building of a public outreach centre.

Anthony Browne

Anthony was previously responsible for Morgan Stanley’s external engagement on political and regulatory issues for EMEA. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Anthony was policy director for economic development for Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London. He set up the London apprenticeships programme, recruiting 40,000 apprentices in one year, and helped set up theCityUK, on whose board he sat.

Previously, Anthony ran Policy Exchange, the UK’s largest free market think tank, after spending the first two decades of his career as a journalist, with roles including economics correspondent of the Observer, Brussels.

Kirsten Tedder

Kirsten Tedder is Finance Director for Kaplan International Colleges. She is a qualified chartered accountant. She has an audit background, having trained and qualified at KPMG (1993-1998) and subsequently worked at Christie’s, the Auctioneers, for 15 years starting in the Internal audit team. Before she left Christie’s in 2014 she was Regional Finance Director for EMEA. She has also worked as treasurer for her local PCC.

Richard Hollingham

Richard Hollingham is a science journalist, author and broadcaster. Space correspondent for BBC Future, he is also a science presenter and producer for BBC radio and anchors live TV broadcasts for the European Space Agency.

Richard is a Director of Boffin Media, a production company specialising in science, environment and health. Boffin Media produces programmes for BBC radio and video content for space agencies, Government and academic clients. The company also runs media, podcast and video training courses.

Richard is author of Blood and Guts: a History of Surgery, co-author of How to Clone the Perfect Blonde and editor of space:uk magazine. Married with a teenage son, his other interests include playing the clarinet in a jazz band and the history of science.

Sheila Lewis

Sheila Lewis is Director of Volanti Consulting, a consultancy established in 2002 and focused on the not-for-profit sector. Sheila has been a management consultant for almost 30 years, including with KPMG and Deloitte. She is also a Non-Executive Director for Swan, a housing organisation and a Trustee of Circles UK.

Project Team:

Alison Smith, Project Coordinator
Cath Brew, Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator
Richard Edmonds, Science Advisor
Tess Yates, Administrator
Tom Keeping, Marketing Advisor

Project Consultants:

Buro4, Project Management
ARUP, Engineering
Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Architecture
Azureus Design Limited, Exhibit Design
Glevum Consulting, Heritage Lottery Consultant
Savills, Planning and Land
Alinea Consulting, Quantity Surveyor
D&J International Consulting, Business Planning
Withers Worldwide, Legal
Morris Lane Chartered Accountants, Accountants