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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 […]

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 […]

Cristina Arraes

Grants Administrator

Cristina is the Grants Administrator -responsible for assisting with the Funding process. Before joining the Franklin, she had been working […]

Andy Huckstep

Building and Safety Manager

Andy is responsible for the building operation, and ensuring safety, health and environment is maintained for the Franklin. He has […]

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 […]

Joanne Blowers

Facilities and Operations Support Supervisor

Joanne is Facilities and Operations Support Supervisor, working with the Chief Operating Officer and Building and Safety Manager to deliver […]

Marina Haines

HR Advisor

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

Dr Dona Reddiar

Training Coordinator

Dona manages scientific training programmes at the Franklin, and works with colleagues to ensure that the new PhD programme, internships […]

Dr Caitlin Higgott

Communications and Engagement Officer

Caitlin is the communications and engagement officer, 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 […]

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, […]

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