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School of the Biological Sciences

The School Office staff provide management and administrative support to the academic leadership of the School as well as strategic direction and administrative support for the research and teaching activities that take place in the Departments. The School Office also interfaces with the University’s central administration (in particular HR, Finance, the Research Office and the Academic Division).






Milly Bodfish

Secretary of the School


The School Secretary provides strategic leadership for all professional services staff in the School and its faculties and departments. The post holder reports to the Academic Secretary and to the Head of School.

Working closely with the Head of School, the School Secretary is responsible for helping to shape and implement the School’s academic strategy. Working with the Academic Secretary, and in consultation with the Head of School, the School Secretary is responsible for building effective partnership working arrangements with colleagues in professional services teams, ensuring that the services to academic institutions are efficient and effective. 

The School Secretary manages the School-based professional services team and has professional management responsibility for the Departmental Administrators.


Governance and Administration




Sarah Green

Governance and Operations Facilitator


The Governance and Operations Facilitator manages applications for ethical review to the Psychology Research Ethics and the Human Biology Research Ethics Committees.

Sarah also supports the Secretary of the School with Council meetings, coordinating applications to the Charles Slater and Marmaduke Sheild funds. She also ensures the smooth day-to-day running of the School Office and is first port of call for enquiries.





Business and Operations Manager


The Business and Operations Manager supports operation and governance duties in the School Office, as well as providing ad hoc support to Departments and cover for Office roles. They are also responsible for supporting a wide range of projects, such as strategic academic recruitment and reshaping the Estate.





Carole Mortlock

PA to the Head of School


Carole provides PA support to Professor Anna Philpott, Head of the School. This involves complex diary management and ensuring various deadlines are met in a timely manner. She also provides administrative support to the Faculty Board.





Fiona Russell

Secretary of the Faculty Board of Biology, Deputy-Secretary of School



Bioscience Platforms




Simon Carpenter

Bioscience Platforms Strategic Lead


The Bioscience Platforms Strategic Lead acts as the project manager of an initiative to improve facilities connectivity across the School of the Biological Sciences, combining both science and operational expertise. 

Simon is responsible for improving the visibility and function of Bioscience Platforms across the School by streamlining approaches to facility management and communication.




Jon Howe

Microscopy Specialist





Antonina Kruppa

Biological Microscopy Coordinator





Lisa-Maria Needham

Director of the Cambridge Advanced Imaging Centre (CAIC) and School Microscopy Network


Lisa-Maria is the Director of the Cambridge Advanced Imaging Centre (CAIC) and the School of Biological Sciences (SBS) microscopy network. She oversees a network of imaging facilities that support academic and external research, positioning CAIC as a leader in advanced microscopy development and complex imaging projects.





Ben Sutcliffe

Microscopy Specialist


Undergraduate Education




Shagufta Bargir

Digital Assessment Administrator


The Digital Assessment Administrator is responsible for liaising with different departments within both Medical and Veterinary courses to support different processes involved in producing high-quality online examination.
Shagufta works to manage the communication, support systems and processes of online teaching and examination software, as well as acting as a key point of contact for digital assessment requests, staff training, workshops and student bootcamps.





Holly Canuto

Director of Education (Medicine and Veterinary Medicine Sciences)


In her role as Director of Pre-Clinical Medical and Veterinary Education for the School of Biological Sciences, Holly oversees the first two years of the Medical and Veterinary Medicine Courses.





Sandra Fulton

Director of Education (Natural Sciences /Psychological and Behavioural Sciences)





Maartje Körner

Educational Technologist


The School's Educational Technologist works with teaching staff across departments to integrate digital elements in the classroom effectively and responsibly.

Maartje provides guidance and inspiration on how to use technology to enable learning. She can advise on the design of Moodle sites, help choose the most fitting educational tools for specific learning objectives, and support the implementation of digital innovations for education.





Jess Joseph

Student Liaison Administrator


The Student Liaison Administrator maintains and runs services provided by the School for the smooth administration of student matters.  Jess spends her time co-ordinating teaching input from the departments: maintaining websites and timetables and representing the School to prospective and current students.

Normally found at the end of the FacBiol inbox, Jess enjoys the variation her role offers and the ability to fix small issues to make others lives easier.





Claire Michel

Education Projects Manager


Working closely with the undergraduate education academic leadership in the School, the Education Projects Manager actively manages a diverse range of education development projects as set out in the School’s Strategic Vision. These include the Medicine and Veterinary Medicine Curriculum Review (MVMCR), the Biological Natural Sciences Curriculum Review (BNSCR), and the Reimagining Undergraduate Education Support project. All these projects aim to deliver step-change improvements in undergraduate course content, delivery and assessment as well as embed continuous improvement in education management and administration.





Amarissa Ostmo

Undergraduate Education Project Co-ordinator


Co-ordinating curriculum reviews as well as projects stemming from these reviews on behalf of the Project Manager in order to ensure the smooth running of the projects. These include the Medicine and Veterinary Medicine Curriculum Review (MVMCR), the Biological Natural Sciences Curriculum Review (BNSCR), and the Reimagining Undergraduate Education Support project. Key responsibilities include overseeing the administration of the projects, preparing project outlines and plans, liaising with stakeholders, and organising project events such as workshops, training sessions and away days.





Chad Pillinger

Administrative Officer (Teaching and Examinations)





Dee Scadden

Head of Technology Enabled Learning





Leanne Wilson

Natural Science Tripos Co-ordinator


The Natural Sciences Tripos (NST) Coordinator works across the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Physical Sciences to support the running of the Natural Sciences Tripos. As secretary to the NST Management Committee, Leanne spends much of her time liaising with the 16 departments that contribute to the NST on matters such as exam arrangements, regulation and policy changes, and student allocation projects.
The role of NST Coordinator has changed recently providing Leanne with the opportunity to review and develop the administrative processes behind the NST, leading to a number of ongoing improvements.


Postgraduate Education




Rosalie Beirne

Internship Programmes Co-ordinator


The Internship Programmes Coordinator is responsible for two summer internship programmes managed within the School of Biological Sciences: Experience Postgrad Life Sciences and the Amgen Scholars Programme.

Rosalie oversees student recruitment, communications and the support systems and processes necessary to ensure the successful delivery of both programmes, which host undergraduate interns from across the UK and internationally, for projects based in labs across Cambridge. Each programme includes a skills training and events programme together with an international symposium hosted in Cambridge.     





Sam Byers

Training and Inclusive Support Manager





Sandra di Eleonora

School of Biological Sciences and BBSRC DTP Co-ordinator and Amgen Programme Manager





Lesley Dixon

Head of Postgraduate Administration


The School’s Head of Postgraduate Administration provides operational and administrative leadership for the Postgraduate School of Life Sciences Office, the Degree Committee for the Faculty of Biology Office, the BBSRC DTP Office and represents the School on University committees involved with the development of business processes and the financing of postgraduate students.

Lesley is responsible for facilitating projects in support of the School strategy relating to postgraduate students and also across the Postgraduate School of Life Sciences (which encompasses both the School of Biological  Sciences and the School of Clinical Medicine).




Clare Impey

Degree Committee for the Faculty of Biology





Antonia Shacklock

MPhil in Biological Sciences Co-ordinator





Yolibeth Lopez

School of Biological Sciences and BBSRC DTP Administrator





Julie Poole

MPhil in Biological Sciences Programme Administrator


The MPhil in Biological Sciences Programme Administrator provides administrative support for the Faculty’s multi-pathway taught MPhil degree programme, which comprises 6 distinct ‘pathways’, each centred around a particular Research Theme. The course involves taught components, as well as a 32-week long lab-based research project in a specialist area. The Programme Administrator works closely with the MPhil Programme Co-ordinator and Pathway Course Directors to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the systems and processes needed for the successful delivery of this degree.







Chris Brown

Finance Business Partner





Bhavna Shah

Senior Finance Advisor





Adam Durrant

Finance Advisor





Sam Kidman

Finance and Grants Co-ordinator





Pramila Soni

Finance/Accounts Administrator





Zainab Yusuf

Finance/Accounts Administrator






Alastair Downie

Head of IT and Digital Transformation


The Head of IT and Digital Transformation is responsible for improving IT systems, services, processes and support across all of the departments and institutions within the School, ensuring that we have the appropriate resources for the work we do today; that we use them well; and that we have the capacity and agility to support innovation and to respond to new opportunities in the future. This role is as much about cultural change as it is about technology – a strong focus is on building community and collaboration, and working better together.





Ollie Denning

Deputy Head of IT


The Deputy Head of IT works with the Head of IT and Digital Transformation and the IT Managers for the departments within the School to provide strategic direction, operational support and guidance on IT matters.
Ollie is responsible for initiating and running projects to improve resilience, collaboration and harmonisation of IT infrastructure, systems, services and processes within the School. Often liaising between the University Information Services (UIS), the School Office, the School IT community, partner organisations and departments in the School to achieve this and improve communication between stakeholders.


Health and Safety




Mark Elsdon

Safety Officer



HR, Research Culture and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion




Tara O'Brien

Lead HR Business Partner


Tara O’Brien is the Lead HR Business Partner for the School of Biological Sciences. She works in close partnership with senior management to clarify their “people” requirements, and to develop and drive a people strategy for the School – thus enabling SBS to achieve its strategic aims and objectives.




Rachel Bailey

Research Culture and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator


The Research Culture and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator works closely with the School Academic Leads for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and Widening Participation (WP), EDI and wellbeing groups, and the central University EDI team, to identify and implement new policies and initiatives to better support diversity and inclusive practice across the School.

Rachel is responsible for project managing the School-wide Athena Swan application and processes, and is the main interface between the School, its research community and its Professional and Technical Services staff in matters relating to EDI, WP, and the Race Equality Charter.





Paula Bibby

Research Culture and Fellowships Framework Facilitator


Paula Bibby is the School Research Culture and Fellowships Framework Facilitator, working with the Deputy Head of School for Research Strategy and the Director of the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research (SCM). She is responsible for implementing the Research Fellowships Framework, supporting the career development of independent Fellows who are setting up/leading labs, as well as providing further career support within the University and externally. Additionally, Paula provides leadership and operational support for the Schools’ Research Culture agenda, actively engaging with researchers and the research culture champions network to understand how we can create an environment that allows all researchers to flourish and achieve their full potential in a supportive environment.





Nicola Bull

HR Business Partner for Veterinary Medicine


Nicola Bull is the HR Business Partner for Veterinary Medicine, and works in partnership with the Head of Veterinary Medicine Department and the Managing Director of The Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital providing advice on people processes, policies and employment legislation. Overseeing the internal HR team within Vet Med, Nicola will work closely with that team to ensure that policies and procedures are adhered to whilst providing an excellent people service to the Department, the managers and colleagues within it.





Emma Grant

HR Business Partner


Emma Grant is the HR Business Partner working within the School of Biological Sciences, providing support, advice and guidance to Departmental Administrators, managers and staff across the School on all HR-related matters, with the aim of ensuring best practice HR solutions meet University, School and Departmental objectives. Emma will be responsible for a range of HR activities, including disciplinary, capability and grievance casework, and change management.





Natalie Wills

HR Adviser


Natalie Wills is the HR Adviser providing support to managers and staff in the School to develop and deliver innovative, best practice HR solutions to meet institutions objectives. She supports the HR Business Partners with casework and acts as a first point of contact on a wide range of HR queries from members of the School.





Katie Wright

HR Assistant


Katie Wright is the HR Assistant, shared between the School of the Biological Sciences and the School of Technology. Her role is to assist in day-to-day HR operations and to support the School HR team to deliver a professional and effective HR service. This includes providing administrative support with casework, projects, and general HR exercises. As part of the HR Assistants Team, Katie provides a first-line advisory service to employees and managers on general HR enquiries, and assists in coordinating HR policies and processes.


Research and Communications




Abi Herrmann

Research Strategy Manager


The Research Strategy Manager works with the senior leadership team to develop and deliver progress on the research arm of the School’s academic vision, with a particular focus on developing the six cross-disciplinary Research Themes.  

Abi works with stakeholders across the University to enable cross-disciplinary research, facilitate philanthropic and industry engagement and support a positive research culture.





Issy Baker

Research Communications, Events and Data Co-ordinator


The Research Communications, Events and Data Co-ordinator works within the Research Themes team to provide core administration duties alongside communications and events activities to ensure smooth running of the new Research Themes.

Issy supports the Research Themes team to organise all Theme events, manage Theme membership, keep track of Theme activities, and supports Theme communication such as the external facing website, newsletters, and School Information Hub.





Susana Camacho

Communications Manager


The School Communications Manager works closely with the Research Strategy Manager and the School Secretary to provide operational and administrative support for internal and external communications on behalf of the School.

Susana is responsible for defining and implementing communications plans and activities to support the School strategy and vision, as well as day-to-day running of the communications channels, such as the external-facing website, social media accounts and School Information Hub.





Carmen Fernandez-Posada

Bioscience Impact Facilitator





Lauren Maggs

Bioscience Impact Facilitator


The Bioscience Impact Facilitators are embedded in the School of Biological Sciences to support researchers in maximising the benefits of their work to society. Our Impact Facilitators work closely with researchers across Departments, with Research Theme Leads, Knowledge Exchange facilitators and with the School Senior Leadership Team to deliver a joined-up approach to research impact which is in line with the wider University strategy.




Diogo Martins Gomes

Public Engagement Manager


Diogo is the Public Engagement Manager for the Schools of Biological Sciences and Clinical Medicine. He is responsible for developing strategies and practices to embed a culture of excellence in public engagement with relevant research areas at the University.   
In the School of Biological Sciences, the Public Engagement Manager works closely with the Research Strategy Manager, Communications Manager and Bioscience Impact Facilitators to enable researchers to build high-quality public engagement activity into their academic careers, with associated recognition, and ensure a high profile for the public engagement work already being undertaken.