Sandy Starr is Communications Manager at the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and Webmaster of its flagship publication BioNews, and together with PET's Director Sarah Norcross he produces the charity's public events and works on its policy documents. He is also an author and public speaker who has addressed MPs in the UK Parliament on the subject of human embryo research, written about genome editing in the British Medical Bulletin and in Microbiology Today, been interviewed about mitochondrial donation on the BBC World Service programme Newshour and in the book Legalising Mitochondrial Donation, and appeared as a guest on the Sunrise Paper Review on Sky News.
Sandy is a producer of the annual Battle of Ideas festival held by the Academy of Ideas at the Barbican, Europe's largest performing arts centre, and he judges debates at the Debating Matters sixth-form debating competition. He was previously a member of the Ethics Advisory Board of the world's largest autism research project, and appeared in and narrated project-related videos and contributed to related journal articles. He has served on the Editorial Board of the charity Autistica, he was a member of the founding editorial team of the pioneering current affairs publication spiked, and he spent several years as a film critic for The Sun newspaper's TV Mag supplement.