The Network Team
To contact any member of the team please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Diane Hird, Network Manager
Diane is a plant molecular biologist by training. In her previous role she established and ran the editorial office of the scientific journal Molecular Plant Pathology. She has extensive experience of scholarly publishing and has built up a large international network of scientists. In 2012 Diane carried out an audit of plant pathology teaching and training in the UK for the British Society for Plant Pathology and has been involved in several plant pathology science communication and outreach events.
Dr Nina Ockendon-Powell, Network Manager
Nina trained in cellular and molecular biology and gained her PhD in comparative transcriptomics. She brings significant research project management experience to the CONNECTED Network Team. In recent years she project managed an international research collaboration at Public Health England, coordinating research activities across England, Sweden, France, and Estonia. Her most recent role at BBSRC saw her lead the delivery process of the 2016 Institute Assessment Exercise, which granted over £300M to BBSRC’s Strategic Institutes for tackling global challenges in bioscience.
Dr Harriet Mills, Network Manager (secondment, maternity cover)
Harriet is a medical statistician and infectious disease epidemiologist by training. A postdoc for seven years at Imperial College London and the University of Bristol, she is currently on secondment to the CONNECTED team. She has experience organising workshops and conferences in the UK and abroad, arranging training and events for researchers and is passionate about science communication and public engagement with science.
Soňa Reale, Executive Assistant
Soňa has gained administrative experience working in a variety of sectors, for example financial services, and the NHS, and she has worked in higher education for the last two years.
Richard Wyatt, Communications Officer
Richard has 20 years’ experience in campaigns, communications and PR, gained mainly in politics & government, education, and the non-profit sector.