Cambridge Chapter Leads


We are expanding the Rising Network community and introducing Rising Network ‘Chapters’ – led by our Chapter Leads who sit within the Leadership Team for each Chapter. Our chapters are local communities to connect, inspire and empower women, each with their own calendar of events, workshops and activities for women in the local area.

Chapter Leads work together to shape the direction of the network in their local area and work closely with the Rising Network to create events, activities and initiatives in the chapter. If you are interested in becoming a Chapter Lead and would like more information, get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

More Chapter Leads to be announced soon!

Sarah Flack – Membership Lead

Co-Director, Ann Pettengell

Joining Ann Pettengell in October 2000 as a Recruitment Consultant, Sarah began her recruitment career servicing client’s needs for temporary staff. She then progressed through the company and today, is proud to be Co-Director of a brand that has a strong heritage with the city of Cambridge.

Sarah is a passionate people person and advocate of how good recruitment practise can play a pivotal part in a client’s business; providing them with expertise and value.

Sarah’s consultative approach to recruitment, enables her to manage the relationship through the recruitment process and attain an understanding of the client and candidate expectations.

Sarah is passionate about helping people achieve their career aspirations and personal goals, she is an advocate of ethical recruitment with integrity and transparency during the process.

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are”

Amanda Hepton-Patchett – Communications Lead

Communications Lead, University of Cambridge

Amanda is a senior communications professional with over 25 years’ experience, including corporate communications, PR, marketing and advertising. She specialises in internal communications and employee engagement and has a particular interest in diversity and inclusion. She worked for 13 years at Cambridge University’s international exam group where she was Group Head of Internal Communications and Engagement before embarking on a career as an interim in 2018. Her interim roles include Director of Internal Communications for a major global pharmaceutical company and Comms Lead on a cultural change programme at Cambridge University.

After graduating with a joint honours degree in German and English, Amanda began her career as a personal assistant/co-ordinator before entering the world of Public Relations where she worked for several major agencies in London. Her most significant campaign was supporting the Wishing Well Appeal for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital for which she received a special commendation. She went on to establish a successful PR practice for a leading regional advertising agency. Here she built the function from scratch, working part-time and this earned her a seat on the management board which she combined successfully with raising a young family.

She then went on to work for a major personal lines insurance intermediary, again setting up their internal comms function. She joined as Corporate Communications Manager and left as Senior Internal Communications Manager before moving to the University exam group.

A strong believer in lifelong learning, Amanda went back to university later in life and did a Masters in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Applied Linguistics where she was the oldest in the class. She achieved a distinction, after studying on top of a full time job and with a two hour daily commute. She has also undertaken professional study and took the CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations) Internal Communication Diploma and now returns to teach other practitioners. She is an Accredited Member of the CIPR. In 2018 she became a qualified ILM Level 7 (Masters level) Executive Coach and Mentor.

Amanda comments: “I came across the Rising Network through attending their Rising Festival and was incredibly impressed with the whole day, especially the calibre of the speakers and the supportive atmosphere. I left feeling inspired and uplifted, plus my head was buzzing with new ideas. I am passionate about diversity and inclusion and as a chapter lead, I am looking forward to working with the Rising Network to make a positive difference to women’s lives from all backgrounds and at all stages of their career in a supportive and caring way.”

Emilie Louvet – Science Lead

Principal Scientist, AstraZeneca 

Emilie joined AstraZeneca in 2016, where she first held a position in Precision Medicine, Tissue Diagnostic group. She is now a member of the Translational Medicine group, part of the Oncology Research and Development function. Emilie is a member of the “Network of Women & Me” at AstraZeneca that promotes personal development and empowerment.
With the support of AstraZeneca, Emilie became recently a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) and a SIP (Science Industry Partnership) Ambassador to inspire young people to engage into scientific careers within the science based industries.

Prior to joining the industry, Emilie worked at Gustave Roussy (France), a cancer center in the outskirts of Paris, where she co-lead the “Development in Pathology” group. Emilie has a background as a cell biologist. She obtained her PhD from Paris 5 university and Institut Jacques Monod (France), and continued her research at Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) and Kyoto University (Japan).

Emilie married a French American in Sweden and gave birth to her daughter in Japan. In her free time, Emilie enjoys physical exercise; cheese, wine, whiskey and gin tastings (not all at a time); baking for her daughter; visiting museums with her family. She also enjoys participating in the Rising Network activities.

Emillie comments: “Since I started my career, I have been involved in promoting science and became engaged as a woman in science. Joining the Rising Network’s Leadership Team of the Cambridge Chapter as Science Industry Lead is the perfect opportunity to promote women in science within my community and the network.”

Soreya Senior – Learning and Development Lead

HR Partner, Agenus

I’m passionate about professional and personal development and ensuring people are able to bring their best most authentic self to work without compromise. My professional experience spans many sectors with a focus on fast-growth and start-up scaling organisations.

In my current role I am responsible for the strategic and operational delivery of people activities. I coach managers through performance management and talent acquisition processes, through to developing competitive compensation and benefits packages.

I am also responsible for making sure the organisation is compliant from a UK employment law perspective. Ultimately making sure we have an environment at Agenus where scientists can do their best science.

Dr Julia Wilson – Science Lead

Associate Director, Wellcome Sanger Institute

Julia builds and supports the relationships that are needed to support the strategic vision of the Sanger Institute. These activities range from interactions with the academic scientific community, commercial partners, funders and government and policymakers.
Julia increases awareness of the Sanger Institute’s research, explores new collaborations and areas of research, strengthens and builds on existing links to accelerate and expand the impact and reach of Sanger Institute science. She works to translate the outcomes of research and position the Sanger Institute as a source of translational opportunities. In addition she raises awareness of the importance and impact of genomics research with government and policy makers and facilitates the translation of genomics research into clinical practice.
Previously Julia was Assistant Director of Research at Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Science Programme Manager at the World Cancer Research Fund. As a scientist she was a post-doc at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and then worked as a cancer researcher for a number of years at Cancer Research UK and Queen Mary University of London.

Julia comments: “The Rising Network is for all women from all sectors and through these connections we can share our experiences, exchange ideas and learn. I am passionate about women in scientific research and in scientific leadership. Joining the Rising Network’s Cambridge Chapter as a Science Lead is a wonderful opportunity to shape, support and speed up the role of women in science.”