Beckley Foundation Team


Hattie Wells

Operations Manager

Hattie Wells has a degree in anthropology from the London School of Economics and an MSc in ethnobotany from the University of Kent. She has worked for a number of NGOs, on human rights issues, conservation, sustainable livelihoods and drug policy reform, and has carried out long-term ethnobotanical research with the San bushmen in Namibia that she is in the process of publishing. She comes to the Beckley Foundation having spent many years researching both the ethnobotanical and therapeutic aspects of psychedelic drugs. She specialised in the administration of ibogaine as an addiction interrupter.


Vivian Kear

PA/Office Manager

An English graduate from the University of Playa Ancha in Valparaiso, Chile, Vivian is instrumental to the day-to-day running of the Foundation in areas such as recruitment, planning and office management. She works closely with Amanda Feilding in the organisation of the prestigious Beckley seminars and conferences. Vivian has been part of the Foundation since its beginnings in 1998.


Alex O'Bryan-Tear

Scientific Researcher and Assistant to the Director

Alex studied psychology and philosophy at the University of Oxford before completing a doctoral thesis, _Psychoticism and the Mutual Gaze Bias_, at the University of Cambridge. He is fascinated by perception and belief, and their tenuous relationship with reality. Both mental illness and psychedelics cause profound changes in the way we perceive the world; he intends to find out exactly how and why.  He maintains links with the Beckley Foundation’s many scientific collaborators, takes an overview of scientific developments in the field, and keeps everyone else up to date. Outside working hours, he performs with an improvised comedy company, Hivemind Productions.


Sasha Frost

Content Manager

Sasha studied English and Hispanic Literature at King’s College, London, where his interest in contemporary consciousness research took him from Don Quixote and Defoe to gaining an MSc in Psychology from the University of Essex. Sasha has previously worked in the press office of the Science Museum in Seville and as a non-fiction book reviewer. As Content Manager, he handles the Beckley Foundation Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts, and is keen to promote evidence-based drug policies and the therapeutic uses of psychedelics. 


Ben Taub

Communications Officer

Ben attained his MSc in social in cultural anthropology from University College London, writing his dissertation on the subject of ibogaine treatment for opioid addiction. Previously, while an undergraduate at Warwick University, he travelled extensively in South America in order to write his dissertation on the subject of ayahuasca shamanism. He joined the Beckley Foundation from the popular website IFLScience, where he worked as a science journalist specialising in all things drugs and neuroscience.