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Professor James Naismith


Professor Naismith grew up in Hamilton, in the west of Scotland attending local state schools. He graduated from Edinburgh in […]

Dr Paul McCubbin

Chief Operating Officer

Paul has worked in the life science sector for over 20 years. During this time, he has held a number […]

Paul Beake

Head of Facilities Management

After 20 years in agriculture a career change led Paul to working at BBSRC Compton as a Facilities Maintenance Engineer, […]

Lydia Armes

Director of HR

Lydia brings a wealth of experience gained within diverse global and UK based organisations. Lydia has worked for a number […]

Laura Holland

Director of Strategic Marketing

Laura Holland is Director of Strategic Marketing at the Rosalind Franklin Institute. She has been with the organisation since its […]

Dr Hazel Housden

Innovation and Translation Manager

Hazel is the Innovation and Translation Manager. She was previously Head of Intellectual Property at an industrial microbiology company, Green […]

Isi Gbandi

Legal counsel

Isi is the legal counsel for the Franklin and responsible for managing the corporate commercial concerns of the institute. She […]

Niaz Khan

Head of IT

After leaving school, Niaz qualified as an Accountant with the Oxford Co-Operative but soon after joining Blackwells realised his career […]

Marina Haines

HR Advisor

Marina joined the Franklin as an HR Assistant and was responsible for coordinating recruitment and providing HR assistance to the […]

Lauren Jordan

Finance Manager

Lauren joined the Franklin as Finance Manager. She is responsible for the day to day management of the finance team, […]

Dr Caitlin Higgott

Communications and Engagement Manager

Caitlin is the communications and engagement manager, which means she covers everything from schools to stakeholder engagement, and internal communications […]

Fay Shabo

Executive Assistant

Fay is the Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer. She has been a Board level Executive Assistant for over […]

Sinead Farrell

Accounts Assistant

Sinead is an accounts assistant within the finance team and has been working in finance for 5 years. She is […]

Stephen Cross

Operations Support Technician

Stephen is the operations support technician at The Franklin. His role involves supporting the building team with the smooth running […]

Krystalenia Basdani

Recruitment Co-ordinator

Krystalenia is Recruitment Co-ordinator at the Franklin, focused on supporting the organisation’s recruitment needs and initiatives. Prior to this role, […]

Ian Franklin

Procurement Manager

Ian has worked in procurement for over 20 years and has held various positions in the private and public sector, […]

Adam Atherton

Finance Assistant

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Lindsey Spriggs

Early Careers Lead

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Gordon Perry

Health and Safety Advisor

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