Technicians
   
   
  

Technician Profiles

 

To find out about the varied roles our technician's perform within the University of Nottingham campuses, please click on the + next to each name for more information.

 

Colin Rowe 

Facilities Manager and

School Safety Coordinator

School of Pharmacy

Brief Description of Role:

I provide technical support to the School

I manage the technical staff within the Operations Group of Pharmacy,

I act as Safety Coordinator and Laser Safety Supervisor

I represent the School in dealing with The Estates Office on significant projects

Three things you love about your job:

Every day is different

Seeing people’s skills grow

Working in a diverse community

What makes a good technician?

Good problem solving skills

Excellent time management and ability to self-start

What advice would you give to other technicians?

Think where you want to be in 5 years and plan how you are going to get there…

Hobby/Interesting (non-work related) Fact about you?

I used to be heavily involved in origami but my interest folded…

 

 
Colin Rowe
 

 

Teresa Marshall

Laboratory Manager

School of Pharmacy

Brief Description of Role:

I manage the Regenerative Medicine and Cellular Therapies research group technical support within Pharmacy

 

Three things you love about your job:

The variety, problem solving and watching people grow.

 

What makes a good technician:

Adaptability

 

What advice would you give to other technicians:

Keep your mind open to change and advances, just go with it.

 

Hobby/Interesting (non-work related) Fact about you:

I love gardening in my allotment and family time

 
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Tom Clayton

Senior Research Technician

School of Chemistry 

Brief Description of Role:

Level 4 – Senior research technician in Carbon Neutral Labs.

Providing expert technical, experimental and specialist support to the research activity at the GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratories.  Research areas cover topics in sustainable chemistry using advanced techniques such as HPLC, GC, GC-MS, hydrogenation, FT- IR, UV-VIS, Microwave synthesis, Optical Microscopy, Particle Sizing, Flash Chromatography.

Three things you love about your job:

Working with young enthusiastic people. Solving a whole range of problems big and small from start to finish can be very rewarding. Being part of a team, together we are greater than the sum of our parts.

What makes a good technician:

A good technician is many things, key attributes I would say are ; Adaptability, an eye for detail, solid understanding of first principles.

What advice would you give to other technicians:

Keep learning!

Hobby/Interesting (non-work related) Fact about you:

I have another job as an artist working at Glastonbury festival

 

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Rachael Baines
Technician in Sustainable Process Technologies Research,

Group Faculty of Engineering &

School of Chemistry

Brief Description of Role:

Supporting research activities for the SPT group and 1st year labs and outreach events.

Three things you love about your job:

Learning about new areas of research, helping 1st year students and working with my lovely colleagues.

What makes a good technician?

Patience (telepathy :-))

What advice would you give to other technicians:

Be flexible. As long as you are willing to adapt and learn new skills, you can have a long career as an engineering technician. With sufficient training, you can become competent in this role, and although a degree in your chosen field will be beneficial for career progression, it is not a necessity.

Hobby/Interesting (non-work related) Fact about you:

Selling toys at schools, events and Christmas Fairs and fundraising 

 

 

Rachael Baines

 

 

Louise Briggs
Research Technician Division of Child Health, Obstetrics & Gynaecology,

School of Medicine,

City Hospital

Brief Description of Role:

I am a member of an international multi-disciplinary team of life scientists and clinical academics looking at the cellular and molecular basis of pregnancy and related processes. The laboratories within our department require specialised technical support and management.  I conduct many of the day-to-day management and laboratory duties to ensure that the facilities are maintained up to the standards and compliance with UoN policy needed to support the existing laboratory-based research. I oversee 4 laboratory areas, a microscope suite, 2 laboratory supporting areas and 1 clinical examination room. My department always endeavours to support the BMedSci programme through offering several laboratory-based research projects and also supports the Faculty through MSc, Undergraduate Honours and summer student projects.

Three things you love about your job:

I love being part of an international multi-disciplinary team, being part of exciting cutting- edge research and being able to learn new techniques and collaborating with others.

What makes a good technician:

I believe what makes a good technician is the ability to adapt to change, be a good team player, patience and to have a curious mind.

What advice would you give to other technicians:

Take every opportunity that comes your way and develop and expand your skill set.

Hobby/Interesting (non-work related) Fact about you:

I love HIIT, CrossFit and weight training even after a busy day at work

 

 

Louise Briggs

 

Jon Stubberfield

Analytical Technician in

Biosciences/ Food, Nutrition & Dietetics

Brief Description of Role:

I oversee the training, use and maintenance of (some of) the analytical equipment within the division of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics; delivering data on fat content, protein, energy and fatty acid composition for an array of samples including animal feed, food for human consumption and most recently insects and other novel protein sources! You will often find me with a toolkit out taking equipment apart to diagnose problems or pouring over a computer screen looking at chromatograms.

Three things you love about your job:

Seeing work that I’ve done contribute to publications and to the general advancement of science, watching someone who I’m training becoming more competent in the use of equipment and lab work in general, the variety of the work: sometimes I’m changing a gas cylinder, sometimes in front of a computer, sometimes in a fume hood preparing a sample for analysis.

What makes a good technician:

Staying calm and carrying on!

What advice would you give to other technicians:

Probably the same as above!

Hobby/Interesting (non-work related) Fact about you:

I manage a football team: Grace Church FC, I play the trumpet to a decent standard and had great fun a couple of years ago acting in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ with SB Players. I’ve been married to my wife Claire for nearly 2 years and the church service and reception were both in Nottingham – the city we met in after both doing our undergraduates here.

 

Jon Stubberfield

 

Darren Hepworth
Teaching Laboratories Manager,

Biosciences

Brief Description of Role:  

I manage the Peter Buttery Superlab and Rob Clarke teaching lab at Sutton Bonington Campus. I manage and lead the Biosciences teaching team to deliver all laboratory classes for the school of Biosciences.

Three things you love about your job:

The variety of work involved – there is never a typical day in the job! There is always something being changed and opportunities to learn new skills and gain knowledge.  I really enjoy lab work, and although I don’t get to do quite as much as I used to, I still get to do some.

What makes a good technician:

Practicality – Someone who is good with their hands and can make things, build things or is generally good at lab work. Problem solving – We are often given “problems” to solve and coming up with good solutions is great. Being helpful – All technicians are there to support schools/departments. Being helpful and responsive is key in my opinion.

What advice would you give to other technicians:

Don’t be afraid to put yourself forward for something new and interesting if applicable to your role. This is key to progression and you can really make it a career rather than just a job. It also keeps the role fresh and interesting.

Hobby/Interesting (non-work related) Fact about you:

I have a real passion for beer and brewing. I love the science behind it and the varieties you can get from just a few ingredients. I have done a number of home brews and play around with the ingredients – some work some don’t! I have been invited to brew a beer with my local pub and Magpie brewery in Nottingham.

 

 

Darren Hepworth

 

 

Karl Booker

Senior Technical Manager,

Faculty of Engineering

Brief Description of Role: 

Managing Personnel, Facilities and Lab Space for three buildings on the Jubilee Campus

Three things you love about your job:

People, Challenges & Learning.

What makes a good technician:

Supporting others to achieve great things

What advice would you give to other technicians:

Share your experiences with others and learn from theirs

Hobby/Interesting (non-work related) Fact about you:

I play the Euphonium in brass and wind bands.

 

 

 

 

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Lee  Hibbett 

Senior Research Support Technician

BSMC division, Pharmacy,

Centre for Biomolecular Sciences

Technical Summary.

Have been working in the Pharmacy School for 24 years and the last decade in Medicinal Chemistry (MC).

Research equipment list.

I manage all the following equipment

  • Pharmacy’s NMR. Based in CBS
  • Open access LC-MS’s.
  • Several MC’s HPLCs
  • High powered chemistry microwaves
  • All chemistry type lab equipment for the MC labs

Other work areas

Involved in a lot of health and safety work and I am on several committees.

I leads the Technical sustainability working Group.

Personal Interests

I spend a lot of time on a bike.

 

Lee Hibbett 

 

 

Nicola Bollard

Senior Research Technician,

Ruminant Population Health Group,

School of Veterinary medicine and Science

Brief Description of Role:

I provide specialist technical support and expertise to research undertaken by the Ruminant Population Health research group by planning, supporting and conducting experimental studies to high quality standards. This includes the planning, administration and delivery of multiple, simultaneous complex studies at both the University of Nottingham and field sites across the UK. Work independently, liaising with farmers, veterinary surgeons and support workers in private practices and other study participants to ensure the smooth running of field studies over a prolonged period of time. Retain responsibility for the day to day administration and completion of research studies, proactively identify and resolve problems, maintain equipment to a high standard and advise on the development of study protocols based on experience gained in the field.

Three things you love about your job:

The variety (live animal, laboratory techniques, dissection, teaching, administration, organisation). The people. The challenges.

What makes a good technician:

Good communication skills, positive attitude, approachable, willingness to learn new skills. Strive to deliver results but know your limitations.

What advice would you give to other technicians:

Make yourself indispensable, learn many skills, take up new opportunities with enthusiasm

Hobby/Interesting (non-work related) Fact about you:

I’m animal mad, I have two dogs, two ferrets and a horse that keep me busy outside of work.

 

 

Nicola Bollard

 

Leigh Silvester
Technical Team Leader,

Biosciences

Brief Description of Role:

Building manager for the South Lab at Sutton Bonington which houses animal and crop sciences. Also team leader for a diverse group of skilled technicians.

Three things you love about your job:

Working with passionate and enthusiastic people. Being challenged with new and unpredictable problems to solve. Having a university full of knowledgeable people to turn to for advice.

What makes a good technician:

The ability to be flexible and adaptable.

What advice would you give to other technicians:

Never be afraid to think differently.

Hobby/Interesting (non-work related) Fact about you:

I run a fundraising candyfloss stall. I was one of the principal organisers of the Beeston Picnic in the Park. I have built a cocktail bar for use at fundraising event.

 

 

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Paul Wentworth
Lab Technician / Deputy Lab Manager / Engagement Champion

 Precision Manufacturing Centre

Faculty of Engineering

Brief Description of Role:

Manufacturing high precision components for research and sub-contracting for outside companies funded through ERDF.

Three things you love about your job:

Diversity of Work; A clean and well maintained work environment; great work colleagues.

What makes a good technician:

A quick thinking mind, problem solving abilities and a wide knowledge base.

What advice would you give to other technicians:

Don’t become complacent and take pride in what you’re making.

Hobby/Interesting (non-work related) Fact about you:

I’m the lead guitarist / backing singer in a psych/prog alt/rock band called The Amber Herd.

 

 

Paul Wentworth

 

 

Richard Meehan

Mechanical Engineering Technician,

School of Chemistry

Brief Description of Role:

Designing and building chemistry research equipment for a range of applications.

Three things you love about your job:

Creative license, variety and the people

What makes a good technician:

A positive attitude and an eagerness to develop and improve your skill.

What advice would you give to other technicians:

It's very easy to get stuck in a rut, so take the time to go for a walk and catch up with people you have not seen in a while. It may end up being useful if you have a problem as someone else always sees it differently.

Hobby/Interesting (non-work related) Fact about you:

Spending time outdoors with my kids is what I love doing the most, any spare time I have I enjoy tinkering with my motorbikes or mountain bikes.

 

 

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Jonathan Pearson
Electronics Support Technician,

Physics & Astronomy

Brief Description of Role:

I assist postgraduates and researchers by building bespoke equipment for experiments.

Three things you love about your job:

No two jobs are the same, making ideas into reality, listening to the passion people have about their projects.

What makes a good technician:

Perseverance.

What advice would you give to other technicians:

Never be afraid to ask questions. The more you ask, the better you will understand the problem.

Hobby/Interesting (non-work related) Fact about you:

I’ve played drums for 8 years.

 
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Jo Green

Technical Manager for Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories

School of Chemistry & Technician Netowrk Chair

Brief Description of Role:

I manage a team of 9 technicians working within 4 laboratories. Our labs host ~700 students throughout each week. My role is to plan the use of the laboratories and ensure the technical team provide everything the students need to successfully carry out the practical laboratory based requirements of their course.

Three things you love about your job:

Multi-tasking, problem solving, the people.

What makes a good technician:

Someone who isn't afraid to get stuck in and try different things. Being flexible and able to adapt quickly to change. People who are willing to muck in and make a team effort to deliver a goal when requried, irrespective of job level.

What advice would you give to other technicians:

Don't say 'no' to a request or new way of working without giving it a try. Keep an open mind.

Hobby/Interesting (non-work related) Fact about you:

I’m a singer and keytar player in a rock band called Rapture.

 
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