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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 […]

Sarah Hollitzer

Executive Assistant to Professor James Naismith

Sarah is the Executive Assistant to Professor James Naismith. She has over 14 years’ experience working as an Executive Assistant […]

Fay Shabo

Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer

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

Georgia Mugglestone

Team Administrative Assistant

I have been working in administration for just over 6 years. My most recent role was working for a Logistics […]

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 Becky Nadal

Strategic Projects Manager

Becky has 12+ years’ experience in the University sector providing professional support in the formation, design and delivery of strategic […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bethany Acquah

Communications Assistant

Bethany is a Biomedicine student at Lancaster University and is completing a placement year as a communications assistant here, at […]

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, […]

Gordon Perry

Health and Safety Advisor

Gordon is responsible for ensuring that the management of safety, health and environment is structured and maintained for the Franklin […]

Jen Murray

Facilities Manager

I gained my first experience of labs at Aptuit on Milton Park where I held the role of Facilities and […]

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 […]

Marta Jencekova

Health and Safety assistant

For almost 10 years, Marta was a member of Facilities and H&S department at Cellmark, a UKAS and ISO accredited […]

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 […]

Marina Haines

HR Advisor

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

Aneta Kingston

Recruitment Specialist

Aneta works at the Franklin as a recruitment specialist having previously gained HR and recruitment experience in further education and […]

Olivia Belcher

HR & Recruitment Coordinator

For the past 8 years, I have worked within the care home industry within the Administration department, working on Recruitment […]

Lindsey Spriggs

Early Careers Lead

Lindsey is Early Careers Lead, focused on the project management and delivery of the Franklin’s PhD programme, student wellbeing, and […]

Phil King

Training Co-ordinator

Phil has over 14 years experience in training and training delivery in the charity sector and the construction sector, and […]

Lauren Jordan

Finance Systems Project Manager

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

Darshana Patel

Finance Manager

Darshana joined the Franklin as a Finance Manager on a 12 months contract while Lauren is focusing on the new […]

Ian Franklin

Procurement Manager

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

Eva Gronbech

Finance business partner

Eva joined the Franklin as a finance business partner and is involved in various aspects of the finance function, including […]

Adam Atherton

Finance Assistant

Adam is a Finance Assistant working within the Finance Team here at The Rosalind Franklin Institute. He assists with the […]

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 […]

Matthew Selby

IT Technician

Matthew Studied Computer Science, Maths and Further Maths at Didcot Sixth Form. During that time, he Partook in additional Mathematics […]

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