Hi, I’m Dan Richards-Doran
I’m a communications professional with 17 years experience in science, innovation and community engagement.
Put simply, I advise universities, research organisations and SMEs on how to get research in front of the people who need to see it, discuss it and even apply it – and then help them to do it.
More about me
I’ve honed my craft through years of training, doing and always looking for purpose in everything I do.
After growing up on the family farm I shipped myself off to uni to study medical microbiology, where I quickly discovered a passion for writing about science.
Since then I’ve managed communications, public engagement, events and marketing for some of the UK’s scientific powerhouses, including the British Science Association, UK Research and Innovation, Informa Plc, and the University of Oxford.
My career highlights have been:
- designing and delivering the UK’s biggest annual celebration of science and engineering,
- leading communications for a UK Government priority trial of Covid-19 treatments,
- seeing my research press releases covered by major national and international media, including the Guardian, BBC, The Times, Daily Mail, and BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, to name a few,
- co-authoring two peer-reviewed research papers about stakeholder engagement,
- working to professionalise and embed communications as a strategic management function and recruiting and supporting specialist teams,
- supporting research that has, and still is, making a massive difference to people’s lives!
Over the years I’ve earned two postgraduate diplomas in science communication and public relations, and keep up my CPD with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, where I’m an Accredited PR Practitioner.
In 2023, I’m launching a professional coaching service for the STEM sector, so I’m currently studying part-time for an ILM Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Coaching and Mentoring with the University of South Wales.
Outside of work
When I’m not working I love spending time in the countryside with my husband and our Welsh Terrier Bradley, either up a mountain or exploring the beautiful coastline near our home in West Wales.
I also enjoy reading, gardening and amateur photography (wonky photos at best).