pdc team

The PFDC team

Contact us:

For all enquiries, email:
pfdc-support@imperial.ac.uk

Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre Office:
Imperial College London
Exhibition Road
Sherfield Building, level 5
London SW7 2AZ



BernieBernie Babel
Acting Office Manager and PFDC Coordinator
Email: b.babel@imperial.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 1133


Go to for:
Queries relating to Springboard, the course programme and website.

Job Summary:
Manages the Springboard Women’s Development course including; booking venues, catering and processing bookings. Trainer on several PFDC courses.

Background & Experience:
Bernie has been with the PFDC since it started and comes with a wealth of organisational experience. Outside of the PFDC Bernie works with adolescents.


JennaJenna Collinson 
Acting up Office Manager and Training Administrator
Email: j.collinson@imperial.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 2781


Go to for:
Anything related to the administration team or PFDC activities.

Job summary:
Manages the PFDC Administrator, finances, and carries out projects as required.

Background & Experience:
Jenna has an Undergraduate Psychology and Occupational Psychology Master Degree. After working with Postgraduate Students in a similar capacity Jenna moved to Imperial College.


LizDr Liz Elvidge
Head
Email: e.elvidge@imperial.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 1562


Go to for:
Expert on advice on the support and development of postdocs and fellows.

Job Summary:
Head of the Centre providing strategic leadership and direction to the support and development of postdocs and fellows at Imperial.

Background and Experience:
Liz has worked in Higher Education for the whole of her career. She has a PhD in Glacial Geomorphology and Geomorphology and postdoc work in magnetostratography. She first became interested in the training and development of researchers during her first postdoc. Since then she has worked at Heriot Watt University, Head of Academic Staff Development at Cambridge University and has been at Imperial for nearly 10 years. In 2015 she was awarded the Dame Julia Higgins Medal for ‘outstanding support for female early career researchers and academics’.
In 2017 she published a book – ‘What every postdoc needs to know’ with two researcher development colleagues. They have been commissioned to write a second book ‘What every woman needs to know to progress in Higher Education’


RachelDr Rachel Herries 
Consultant/Advisor
Email: r.herries@imperial.ac.uk 
Tel: +44 (0)207 594  0888


Go to for:

  • Support for postdoc/fellows at every stage of their postdoc/fellow career
  • Requests/suggestions for new pop up courses or bespoke sessions for postdocs and fellows at Department/Division/School level

Job Summary:

  • Develops, manages and delivers the PFDC Pop Up workshops across all campuses at Imperial
  • Coordinates the PFDC Funder Showcase  - providing informative Q&A sessions between the funders and Imperial postdocs
  • Provides bespoke support via 1:1 meetings and mock interviews
  • Runs Welcome Lunches for new postdocs and fellows to Imperial College
  • Delivers PFDC courses for postdocs and fellows supporting their development and goals/career planning

Background & Experience:
Rachel has experience of training and support, previously working in environmental education and community climate action support. She completed her PhD in Ecotoxicology, which developed a ranking methodology of chemicals based on their potential threat to freshwater organisms in the UK.
She is now focused on using her skills and experience to support postdoc staff in their development; working with them to improve their skills through training and one-to-one support. Helping them explore the opportunities available to them both in and out of academia.


Karen HinxmanDr Karen Hinxman
Consultant
Email: k.hinxman@imperial.ac.uk 
Tel: +44 (0)207 594 8873


Go to for:

  • Support for postdoc/fellows at every stage of their postdoc/fellow career
  • Requests/suggestions for bespoke sessions for postdocs and fellows at Department/Division/School level

Job Summary:

  • Coordinates the PFDC Reps Network
  • Delivers PFDC courses for postdocs and fellows supporting their development and goals/career planning
  • Manages two collaborative research funds: Faculty of Engineering – Dame Julia Higgins Engineering Postdoc Collaborative Research Fund; and the College-wide Fellows and Clinicians Seed Fund
  • Provides bespoke support via 1:1 meetings and mock interviews
  • Runs Welcome Lunches for new postdocs and fellows to Imperial

Background & Experience:
Karen gained her PhD in Structural Biology from the University of York, before joining a research institute affiliated with McGill University, Canada.  Two years later she returned to the UK to undertake a three year Research Associate position at the University of Warwick.
Whilst carrying out her research into antimicrobials, she set up her departmental reps community and was an active member of several committees; particularly during their successful Athena Swan application. In addition, she established a thriving Woman in Science series of events which highlighted the many different career options that are available to researchers.
She is passionate about helping early career researchers reach their full potential.  Over the last four years she has achieved this by developing a range of tailored training and support for postdocs and fellows from across the College.  She also works closely with departments through the PFDC Reps Network.  Karen is a qualified Springboard trainer and a MBTI Practitioner. 


LenneLenne Lillepuu 
Professional Development Consultant (Fellows  & Clinicians)
Email: l.lillepuu@imperial.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 3128


Go to for:

  • Bespoke support and advice if you are an independent research fellow, a clinician wishing to pursue an academic career at Imperial post PhD or a postdoc applying for a fellowship/ prepare for fellowship interview.
  • Academic member of staff /current fellow wishing to volunteer to provide expert advice.
  • Department/Division/School wishing to develop bespoke sessions for clinicians and/or fellows in your area.

Job summary:

  • Provides dedicated support for Fellows and Clinicians.
  • Develops, manages and delivers an inclusive programme of support and cohort building activities across all campuses at Imperial
  • Provides bespoke support via 1:1 meetings and mock interviews
  • Facilitates the Fellows and Clinicians Forum
  • Chairs the Fellows and Clinicians Committee
  • Represents the needs Fellows and Clinicians at Faculty level

Background & Experience:
Lenne brings with her over 13 years of directly relevant experience, gained whilst working in diverse roles within the HE sector.
Qualified HR Professional (CIPD - the professional body for HR and people development) with broad experience of training and development, recruitment and selection and staff engagement. Dedicated to equality of opportunity and advancing researchers’ careers, Lenne was awarded the Julia Higgins Award for her significant contribution to the College’s Athena SWAN work in 2016 and in particular for implementing initiatives to support, recognise and develop early career researchers at the Department of Life Sciences.


Ines PerpetuoDr Ines Perpetuo
Advisor
Email: i.perpetuo@imperial.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 42558


Go to for:

  • Support for postdoc/fellows at every stage of their postdoc/fellow career

Job Summary:

  • Provides bespoke support via 1:1 meetings and mock interviews

Background & Experience:
Ines has experience in postdoc development and support as a previous member of the Researcher Association at the Royal Veterinary College, London. She completed her PhD in Biomedical Sciences in Portugal before moving to the UK to pursue a Postdoc working with mammalian bone cell activity.
She is now focused in using her skills to support postdoc staff in their development through 1:1 support and mock interviews, and help them achieve their goals and vision both in and outside academia.