Staff

Dr Christie Marr

Executive Director

Christie Marr has been appointed as Executive Director, on secondment for 2 years from the Isaac Newton Institute where she was Deputy Director for over a decade.

Christie did her undergraduate degree in maths at New College, Oxford. Prior to going back into academia and doing an MSc and DPhil in Theoretical Computer Science also at Oxford, Christie did a PGCE at King’s College London and taught secondary school mathematics first at Southfields Community College, Southwest London, and then at Tiffin Girls School, Kingston. Following post-doctoral research positions in Oxford and Warwick and an internship at Compaq’s Systems Research Centre in Silicon Valley, she moved to St Andrews where she founded the University’s Mathematics Support Centre.

Christie is a Governor and Chair of the Education Committee of Wellington College. She recently completed an Executive MBA at the Judge Business School in Cambridge.

Contact: christie[dot]marr[at]newton.ac.uk

Thomas Chi Wah Law

Policy Analyst

Thomas did his undergraduate degree at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, majoring in sociology with minors in government and Spanish. He was involved with student campaigns to facilitate youth engagement and promote nutritional equity, and spent semesters abroad in the Netherlands and the United States.

He started his career as a trade policy adviser, working on trade negotiations and export promotion during the US-China trade war and the COVID-19 global pandemic. He represented Hong Kong in intergovernmental meetings and advised on policy relating to the World Trade Organization, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and other regional and bilateral trade agreements.

Thomas went on to serve as a policy advisor in non-governmental organisations on a wide range of policy issues including innovation and technology, China policy, and racing and wagering. Before joining AcadMathSci, he was a policy researcher on human rights and EDI.

Contact: cwl53[at]cam[dot]ac.uk

Dr Vinesh Maguire Rajpaul

Policy Analyst

Vinesh holds degrees in applied mathematics, physics, and astronomy from the University of Cape Town, and a doctorate in astrophysics from Merton College at the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He worked for six years as an academic at the University of Cambridge—holding research fellowships from the Royal Astronomical Society and Emmanuel College—where he also earned a PGCert in Research and Innovation Leadership.

As an academic, he lectured, supervised and mentored students, and published around 35 peer-reviewed articles, with some of those now regarded as a seminal works in the field of detecting and characterising exoplanets (planets around distant stars), usually focused on mathematical and statistical techniques.

Before AcadMathSci, Vinesh was involved with policy work through university governance, learned societies, and educational initiatives. He has also published academic research, with policy implications, in fields including environmental science and science education.

Contact: vr325[at]cam[dot]ac.uk

Christina (Tina) Bechtel

Personal Assistant & Project Coordinator

Tina holds a degree from the University of Kentucky in Strategic Communications, and combines communications expertise with a broad-ranging technical skillset.

Prior to AcadMathSci, she had a career in the tech sector, working for companies including Indeed, Lyft, and Rippling. She started in sales in 2017, and ascended into roles including National Account Manager and, most recently, Program Manager.

Tina is a former captain of the University of Kentucky Women’s Swimming & Diving Team, and proudly represented the US National Team for two years.

Contact: cgb49[at]cam[dot]ac.uk