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- Mark Allen
Mark joined Imperial College as a Careers Consultant in 2006 and works with the departments of Civil and Mechanical Engineering. He has qualified in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and has developed occupational information for the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS). Mark is also the AGCAS Liaison Officer with the Engineering & Technology Board.
- Dr Rebecca Andrew
Rebecca is the Director of Consultancy Engagement and Marketing at Imperial Consultants, a wholly owned company of Imperial College London which facilitates the engagement of academics as consultants to external organisations. She has over 15 years’ experience of commercial roles within both the private sector and academia and has a Masters in Chemistry with German from UMIST and a PhD in chemistry from the University of Southampton. Rebecca and the Consultancy Engagement Team provide guidance on how to consult and how consultancy can support an academic career.
- Bernie Babel
Bernie joined the Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre in 2011, and has played a key role in the administration of courses, including the Springboard Programme and Taking Charge of your Career Programmes. An excellent communicator with years of administrative experience, Bernie’s expertise is in presentation and time-management. Bernie is committed to working on delivering high quality training to postdocs. Bernie also works as a project worker helping young people acquire work related and independent living skills.
- Dr Andreas Ballis
Andreas is the Business Development Manager for Imperial Consultants in the areas of healthcare, medicine, business and financial sectors.
Andreas joined Imperial Consultants in 2014 following senior positions in corporate development and consulting in the pharmaceuticals and CRO industries. His previous roles include Head of Corporate Development, Licensing and Innovation at publicly traded mid cap pharmaceutical and medical device corporations, and Director of Sales in the areas of drug safety, regulatory affairs and contract research advisory services. Andreas has also founded a start-up specialising in cell therapy services.
Prior to this, Andreas held a postdoc position at Inserm, focusing on regenerative medicine.
Andreas holds a PhD in Molecular Cell Biology from the University of Cardiff and a Masters in Applied Biomolecular Science from the University of Nottingham.
- Caroline Broad
After completing her degree in Philosophy, Caroline started her career in human resources for a telecommunications engineering company. She has 10 years of experience training and facilitating experts in their field. Over the last six years she has worked in Knowledge Management for R&D projects in the AZ owned biotechnology company, MedImmune. Prior to this Caroline delivered transferable skills courses for postgraduates, tutoring on the UK GRAD programme and Vitae’s Leadership in Action Caroline now works for herself, is in a business partnership, Catalyst, and also trains in team effectiveness, communication, project management and innovation skills. Caroline builds on existing skills and experience to bring out the full potential of individuals and teams.
Rich joined Imperial College in 2015 as a Consultant in the Careers Service where he works closely with the departments of Chemistry, Computing and Earth Science and Engineering. Prior to this Rich worked at the University of Southampton where he took a leading role on the development and delivery of innovative interventions to assist in the employability and professional skills development of doctoral candidates and staff.
- Dr Paul Cray
Paul is the Business Development Manager for Imperial Consultants in the areas of natural sciences and environment. Paul studied physics at Oxford before undertaking a PhD, sponsored by British Gas, in neutron scattering studies of gases in zeolites at Salford, and subsequently become a researcher in fluid acoustic and gas storage at the MoD’s Defence Evaluation and Research Agency.
Previously Paul has worked as a software engineer for Thomson Marconi Sonar, before moving to Ericsson as a mobile datacom systems engineer followed by Siemens as a mobile telecoms product technical sales consultant.
Paul undertook an MBA at Imperial, where he held an Imperial Innovations Graduate Assistantship in Technology Transfer/Physical Science, before becoming a strategy consultant for telecoms consulting firm Analysys. In recent years Paul worked in software project/product management for water resource management software firm, Wallingford Software, before joining Imperial Consultants as the Theme Leader for Natural Sciences in April 2009.
- Dr Liz Elvidge
Liz is the Head of the Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre at Imperial College London. She has a PhD in Glacial Geomorphology and did postdoctoral work in Magnetostratigraphy. Liz has worked at five different UK universities including Cambridge University where she was Head of Academic Staff Development.
She is the editor of two books:"Exploring academic development in higher education: issues of engagement" and "Exploring good leadership and management practice in higher education: issues of engagement".
Liz provides support for the 2,000 postdocs and research fellows at Imperial and is particularly interested in individual mentoring and coaching schemes for female postdocs.
- Dr Elizabeth Hauke
Elizabeth is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Science Communication Unit and also a Field Leader in Global Challenges on the new undergraduate Imperial Horizons programme. She has a background in clinical medicine and neurosciences research.
She has a special interest in storytelling for scientists and teaches multimedia science communication and public engagement. She has run public engagement training programmes at Imperial College, Sheffield University and Kings College London and on behalf of the Wellcome Trust and EPSRC.
Elizabeth is currently writing a textbook on practical science communication skills for scientists.
- Katie Hewitt
Katie read Anthropology at the University of Kent. She worked for the University of Cambridge Graduate Development Programme for six years and acted as Postgraduate Skills Training Officer during this time.
In 2011 she worked for Teaching and Learning Services at McGill University in Montreal, primarily on a law teaching project. On returning to the UK in 2012 Katie joined the University of Cambridge Careers Service as the Life Sciences Postdoc Careers Adviser.
During her career Katie has developed and lead courses on communication, negotiation and assertiveness, creativity, writing, and speed reading.
- Dr Karen Hinxman
Karen is a Consultant within the Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre at Imperial. She gained her PhD in Structural Biology from the University of York, before joining a research institute in Montreal, Canada. In 2011 she returned to the UK to take a postdoc position at the University of Warwick.
Whilst carrying out her research into antimicrobials, Karen 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.
Karen is passionate about helping postdocs reach their full potential and to achieve this, she provides a range of training and support to postdocs across Imperial and is actively involved with the Postdoc Reps Network.
- Professor Elaine Holmes
Elaine is the Head of Biomolecular Medicine within the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial and (Founder) Director of Metabometrix, a spin-out company founded in 2000 on the skills and expertise of the wor ld-leading metabonomics research team at Imperial. Originally trained as a biologist, Elaine undertook a PhD in Chemistry and now works in metabonomics, combining her knowledge of biochemistry with analytical spectroscopy and multivariate statistics.
Elaine joined Imperial in 1998 as a Lecturer in Biological Chemistry and progressed to Reader and then Professor in 2007. She is also a Visiting Professor with the Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics, Chinese Academy of Science, People’s Republic of China, and is William Glasser Visiting Professor at the University of the Sciences, Philadelphia.
She has taught on a wide variety of courses at Imperial, and trained Research Group leaders within her department and group.
- Dr Jeremy Holmes
Jeremy joined Imperial Innovations in January 2012 as Patent Attorney and Due Diligence Manager after 12 years working as an in-house patent attorney for ICI/Astra Zeneca and Reckitt Benckiser.
Following undergraduate degree and PhD at Cambridge University in Chemistry, he spent two years in Strasbourg working with Nobel Laureate Professor Jean-Marie Lehn. He then joined ICI as a research chemist, where he worked in their R&D function in a variety of roles, including a Royal Society Industrial Fellowship at Edinburgh University and three years in the Netherlands for an ICI subsidiary.
In 2000 Jeremy entered the IP profession, and is a fully qualified UK and European Patent and Design attorney. During his time at ICI/AstraZeneca and Reckitt Benckiser, he was responsible for the management of global patent and design portfolios for major business sectors and has extensive experience in IP litigation and due diligence. Jeremy’s role at Innovations is to manage IP and Patent Searching resources and to ensure that thorough and timely due diligence is carried out on investment opportunities, as well as act as an in-house consultant on IP issues.
- Dr David T Jones
David is a Research Biologist specialising in the ecology of soil invertebrates. After several postdoc contracts at the Natural History Museum and overseas and as a Research Associate in the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial, David now works at the Natural History Museum. Over the last twelve years David has also been teaching a range of transferable skills to PhD students, postdocs and university staff on courses organised by Vitae (funded by Research Councils UK) and the British Council.
Dr Julie King
Julie joined Imperial in 2013 as the Director of the Centre for Academic English. Prior to this, Julie taught academic English at Durham University, where she also studied for her MA and PhD in Linguistics. Julie then worked at the University of Nottingham, becoming the Director of the Centre for English Language Education and developing an online Master’s degree in teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Her most recent project was as lead advisor for Epigeum in the production of an online English for Academic Studies programme for international postgraduate students. Her teaching at Imperial is mainly with PhD students and postdocs, with a focus on advanced academic grammar and writing.
- Dr Irene Garcia Losquino
Irene is both a postdoctoral researcher and a Skills Developer with a focus on Researcher Development and Leadership. She led the Enterprising Researchers project for University of Aberdeen, where she facilitated a transition for researchers of any field into the private sector. Irene provides effective, engaging training and coaching for researchers in the areas of leadership, communication skills and career development (within academia or into the private sector). She is very involved in women’s leadership and is also an entrepreneur.
- Gareth Mitchell
Gareth Mitchell is a Lecturer in broadcast communication on Imperial’s Science Communication MSc. He teaches the theoretical and practical aspects of radio production but is also interested in how the emerging social media is shaping science communication.
Outside Imperial, Gareth presents the BBC World Service technology programme Digital Planet and is one of the presenting team on Radio 4’s Frontiers science programme. He also writes for Focus magazine and appears regularly on television and radio as a pundit and commentator on technology.
- Robin Mowat
Robin has been a teacher of English for Academic Purposes at Imperial since 2006. Prior to this, he developed and taught English for Specific Purposes programmes at Bordeaux Segalen University (Medicine and Life Sciences), at the Bordeaux Kedge Business School, and at the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce and Industry. At Imperial’s Centre for Academic English, Robin develops and teaches courses and workshops focussed on science writing and academic grammar for postgraduate research and postdoctoral students. He also provides individual support in the form of writing consultations.
- Andrew Northern
Andrew joined the Centre for Academic English in 2016 as a teacher of English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Prior to this, he designed and taught EAP courses and workshops in Beijing (at Tsinghua University) and in Hong Kong (at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), where he was involved in an inter-institutional government-funded research and development project to raise academic literacy across the curriculum in Hong Kong tertiary institutions. At Imperial, Andrew teaches a range of courses and workshops related to science writing for international students and academic staff.
- Jane Pooler
After graduating with a degree in Modern Languages from St Catherine’s College, Oxford, Jane taught English abroad and worked in PR in industry and as a linguist at the Royal Society.
With 15 years experience in careers guidance with postgraduates and professionally qualified in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and British Psychological Society’s Level A, Jane has also written and edited numerous careers publications and represented Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Service (AGCAS) on a national Psychometrics Task Group. She currently liaises with the Society of Biology on behalf of AGCAS. She has recently contributed to course design and delivery on a CDT career planning course and an Imperial Horizons course. Jane is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
- Professor Natalie Stingelin
Natalie is a Professor in organic functional materials in the Department of Materials, Imperial College London. Prior to these appointments she conducted research at the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, the Philips Research Laboratories, Eindhoven, and at Queen Mary University of London.
She obtained the degree of Engineer in Materials Science in 1997 from the Eidgenönissische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich, and her PhD in 2001. Since 2003 she has held a part-time Senior Researcher position at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland and she is also an External Senior Fellow at the Freib urg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.
- Stewart Theobald
Stewart Theobald trained and worked as a professional actor before training as a voice coach. Stewart formed Talking Shop Training Ltd in 1992 and currently works with fifteen Universities and various businesses in the public and private sector. Over the past seventeen years Stewart has coached actors, broadcasters, business executives, barristers, university lecturers and politicians.
- VOX Coaching
was co-founded in Bristol in 2005 by Pete Bailie. He has assembled a stellar cast of fellow coaches who deliver courses all over the UK. VOX’s strength lies in the spark between trainer and participants. Every one of their coaches is an expert at getting that chemistry right. Their backgrounds in theatre and TV and in lecturing and voice therapy, plus the breadth of their training experience, lend weight to their work.
- Dr Elizabeth Want
Elizabeth is the Waters Lecturer in Molecular Spectroscopy in the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial. She is also the Director of the Imperial International Phenome Training Centre, which runs lecture-based and hands-on analytical courses for students and external scientists.
She gained her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Bath and PhD from Kings College London. Elizabeth joined Imperial in 2006 after working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA, and became a Lecturer in 2007. Elizabeth is also a STEM Ambassador and is involved in departmental outreach activities.
- Dr Emma Williams
Emma is an independent consultant working with a variety of clients in both academic and non academic settings. She has worked as a medical researcher, a trainer, a programme coordinator and a manager. Her training style is informal and draws on her coaching style.
- Dr Anisha Wijeyesekera
Anisha obtained her PhD from Imperial College London in 2009, and after several years of postdoctoral research moved into scientific management. She is currently Research Manager in the Division of Computational and Systems Medicine supporting researchers with grants and project management. She is a qualified PRINCE2 practitioner.