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Interviews with the dedicated staff members who support DPAG's academic, research and teaching objectives and ensures its smooth running.

Wanda Groenewald, Senior Research and Finance Manager

Wanda came to DPAG in July 2020, joining us after running the Finance team at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences. As Senior Research and Finance Manager, she is responsible for bringing the Finance and Research Administration teams together into a cohesive and streamlined unit and overseeing the department’s financial and research strategy. Interview on 1 October 2020.

Sally Vine, Head of Administration and Finance

Sally came to DPAG in January 2020, joining us after running the University’s Internal Audit and looking after the Audit and Scrutiny Committee in Wellington Square, She is also a former Physiological Sciences undergraduate here. As HoAF, she is responsible for the department's professional services teams and ensuring the administrative support required to deliver the department's research and teaching mission. Now six months in, she has the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic to manage, alongside her continued work to support the department's overarching strategy. Interview on 21 May 2020.

Lydia Mayfield, Research Administration Officer

Lydia joined DPAG in August 2016, first starting as an Administration Assistant in the Research Administration Team, joining us from the National Trust where she had worked in a variety of roles. As Research Administration Officer now, she is responsible for maintaining a portfolio of grants to support DPAG's research groups and contributes to the development of new processes that are adopted University-wide. Interview on Wednesday 29 April.

Colin Beesley, Head of Media Services

Colin has been with the department since June 1983, joining us from Oxford Town Hall. He offers a full range of reprographics and photography services for the department, which includes printing a wide range of academic, scientific and administrative materials, alongside taking and printing bespoke photographs for both events and research work. Interview on Thursday 23 January 2020.

Jennifer Spencer, IT Service Desk Analyst

Jennifer has been with DPAG since October 2019, joining us from the Department of Zoology. She is a Service Desk Analyst as part of DPAG's IT Services team and is responsible for helping departmental members across the full life cycle of their IT equipment, alongside finding solutions to a wide variety of user requests each day. Interview on Thursday 12 December 2019.

Fiona Woods, CNCB Executive Assistant

Fiona has been with DPAG since May 2003, joining us with the Clarke Group from the old Biochemistry Tower. She's now Executive Assistant for Gero Miesenboeck based at the Tinsley Building and is responsible for providing a full range of administrative support to the various research groups at CNCB, alongside developing a whole host of responsibilities outside of her official capacity, including being a University Harassment Advisor. Interview on Tuesday 19 November 2019.

Lynn Brown, Research Administration Manager

Lynn was with DPAG from June 2015 - June 2020, joining us from the Nuffield Department of Population Health (NDPH), and heads up the Research Administration team. She was responsible for overseeing the department’s entire research portfolio, managing the pre and post research awards process to facilitate the full cycle from research application to the fruition of a new research project. Interview on Thursday 24 October 2019.

Ryan Green, Practical Teaching and Technical Manager

Ryan has been part of DPAG’s Teaching and Technical Support team since March 2017, working on setting up and running the physiology practical classes, and has recently taken up the post of Practical Teaching and Technician Manager. Prior to this, he worked at the John Radcliffe Hospital and has also worked in the department before, first joining in November 2007 to work in the Mortuary. Interview on Wednesday 2 October 2019.

Katie Meads, HR and Payroll Assistant

Katie has been with DPAG since February 2018, and as part of the HR team, is responsible for facilitating the administration for a full range of HR services. Prior to this, she worked for entrepreneurs in a tech and sports company respectively. Interview on Wednesday 14 August 2019. Katie is now HR Advisor as of September 2020.

Robert Greaney, Departmental Financial Controller

Rob was with DPAG from September 2009 - April 2020, heading up the Finance team. He was responsible for managing the department's financial strategic goals to support both its research and non-research objectives, while overseeing the day-to-day running of the various accounts and transactions. Prior to this, he spent 4 years in the central University's Research Accounts team. Interview on Wednesday 31 July 2019.

Tania Boyt, Head of Administration and Finance

Tania was with DPAG from late November 2013 - November 2019. As Head of Administration and Finance she was responsible for providing the administrative and technical support required to facilitate the Department's teaching and research. She has been at the University of Oxford for 18 years, working at the Law Faculty, Department of Paediatrics, setting up the Medical Sciences Doctoral Training Centre, and most recently the Department of Surgical Sciences, before taking the reins at DPAG in 2013. Interview on Thursday 27 June 2019.

Talitha Smith, Communications Officer

Talitha has been with DPAG since late October 2018, and her primary responsibility is to support the department's staff and students in communicating their work and achievements to a variety of audiences. Prior to this, she worked briefly in the University's Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach office after coming to Communications from an eight year career in Broadcast Television. Interview on Tuesday 28 May 2019.

Sean Nightingale, Computer Systems and Operations Manager

Sean has been with DPAG since June 2014 and heads up the IT Services team. He is responsible for facilitating a full range of activities within IT for both staff and students. Prior to this, he spent 2 Years in the Department of Surgical Sciences. Interview on Wednesday 24 April 2019.

Sean Hodgkins, Technical and Logistics Manager

Sean has been with DPAG since September 2014, and as part of the Facilities team, is responsible for undertaking critical building maintenance, repairs and installations, alongside designing and refurbishing laboratories to ensure Researchers' space requirements are met. Interview on Thursday 28 March 2019.

Katie McNeil, PA to Professor Paul Riley

Katie was with DPAG from September 2014 - January 2020 as Personal Assistant to Professor Paul Riley. She provided key administrative support to his team of more than 20 Postdoctoral Research Scientists and Postgraduate Students. Prior to this, she spent a year at the Said Business School. Interview on Thursday 28 February 2019.

Sophia Bell, Senior Human Resources Advisor

Sophia has been with DPAG since April 2018, and as part of the HR team, is responsible for delivering a full range of HR services and support to staff. Prior to this, she spent 5 years in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, part of the Radcliffe Department of Medicine. Interview on Tuesday 29th January 2019 (Sophia is now our HR Manager).