MEET THE TEAM


Rebecca Twells
Head of Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences

Rebecca directs strategy, planning and development of the programme with a team of 13. Over 50 events in biomedicine are held each year at the Wellcome Genome Campus and in low and middle-income countries. Prior to this she was Head of Human Genetics at the University of Cambridge and a British Diabetes Association R.D. Lawrence Fellow. She has a PhD in molecular genetics from Imperial College London, and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford.  
  
Scientific Conferences
  
 Treasa Creavin
Scientific Conferences Development Officer

Treasa's main role is to expand and develop the scientific conference programme. She is the scientific lead on a portfolio of events. Her role also includes marketing events and securing commercial sponsorship. Prior to joining the conferences programme in 2010, she was the Editor of Trends in Genetics and the Reviews Editor of Genome Biology. Treasa obtained her PhD in genetics from University College London and was a postdoctoral researcher at UCL Medical School and at AIST in Japan.

  
 

Anaid Diaz
Assistant Scientific Conferences Development Officer

Anaid aims to create opportunities for science communication and scientific innovation. She develops conferences by researching ideas for new conferences and marketing events. She obtained her PhD from the University of Glasgow in 2009 and has worked in areas of ecology, genetics and evolution. She joined the team in April 2016 and before that was a research associate at the University of Cambridge.

  
 

Laura Hubbard
Conference and Events Manager

Laura has worked with the scientific conferences team since August 2007, after graduating with a BA Hons degree in Event Management. Laura is responsible for the logistical organisation of up to 10 conferences, retreats, summer schools and workshops per year. In January 2015 Laura was appointed the conference and events manager.

  
 Jemma Beard
Conference and Events Organiser

Jemma has been a conference and events organiser since 2007. She is responsible for the logistical organisation of up to 10 events per year. Before joining the scientific conference team, she was the head receptionist at the Conference Centre at the Genome Campus.

  
 

Lucy Criddle
Conference and Events Organiser

Lucy graduated from the University of Wolverhampton, with a degree in Hospitality Management. During her studies she spent one year working in Lapland with the Finnish Tourist Association. She previously worked at Cambridge University in the conference sales team, and has been working within scientific conferences team for the past 15 years as a conference and events organiser.

  

Zoey Willard
Conference and Events Organiser

Zoey has worked in event management since 1996 organising events in pharmaceutical, technology, finance, tobacco and economic development areas within large corporates, agencies and the public sector.  Zoey has led more than 300 event projects in over 20 countries around the globe. She has a BA Hons degree in Geography from Royal Holloway, University of London.

  
 

Sue Taylor
Conference and Events Organiser

For the past 10 years, Sue has worked exclusively in events for Abcam plc. She has particular expertise in full service organising of large, 200+ delegate, scientific meetings and conferences in the UK & Europe. Previously Sue worked in a variety of marketing/PR roles for large corporates in the commercial sector. She has a Certificate in Management from Anglia Business School.

  
 

Gemma Wilkins
Conference and Events Organiser

Gemma has worked in event management since 2010 and has worked both on the venue side as well as an organiser. She worked for Cambridge University and the Royal Society of Chemistry before joining the scientific conferences team and has run events all over the world. Gemma also manages the Event Management Service at the Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, providing clients with additional event support.

  
Advanced Courses
  
 Julie Ormond
Laboratory Manager

Julie is the Laboratory Manager, a role she has held since 2000. Her key responsibilities are providing technical assistance for all lab courses, purchasing reagents and equipment, organising the laboratory set-up for each course and overseeing health and safety. She also plays a major role in co-ordinating and organising the overseas laboratory-based courses. Previously she spent 20 years doing research in the agrochemical industry.

  
 

Yvonne Thornton
Senior Administrator Manager

Yvonne has worked as an administrator within team since 2004. She is the first point of contact for all applicants to the campus-based Advanced Courses. She ensures that all arrangements are in place to enable the smooth running of the courses (including arranging catering, accommodation, and transport for delegates and instructors). Yvonne has a background in accounts; previously she spent 4 years working with the Wellcome Trust accounts department on Campus.

  
 

Darren Hughes
Scientific Officer

Darren joined the team in 2005 after returning from the US, where he worked first in research before moving into science communication. Prior to this, his research focused on fetomaternal immune disorders and he obtained a PhD in molecular immunohaematology from the University of Cambridge in 2002. Darren oversees the operational side of many of the UK and overseas courses as well as developing and marketing the courses programme.

  
 Nicola Stevens
Administrative Assistant

Nicola has been an Administrative Assistant since 2007.  She has previously worked in the audit and risk management department of a large NHS Trust and prior to that worked in the banking industry for 13 years.

  
 

Kate Waite
Assistant Laboratory Manager

Kate joined the team in 2013 after graduating with a BSc (Hons) degree in Zoology from Swansea University. Kate assists with organising the laboratory courses and is also responsible for guest speakers and coordinating feedback.

  
Pamela Black
Education Development Officer

Pamela develops education policy, provision, and pedagogy for the courses programme, including overseeing and supporting the Masters in Genomic Medicine programme in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, EMBL-EBI, and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.  Previously, Pamela held academic and educational leadership roles in the NHS and Higher Education. She was the Education Lead for the Public Health Genetics Unit, Cambridge, and a Project Director with the Open University.  She has a PhD in Genetics Education from the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

  
 

Martin Aslett
IT Manager

Martin joined the team as Advanced Courses IT manager in March 2016. Prior to this, Martin worked in the Pathogen Informatics team at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute for 14 years, providing software support for both internal and external users. He has a BSc (Hons) degree in Zoology from Leeds University and an MSc in Biological Computation from York University.

  
 

Alice Matimba
Overseas Course Development Officer

Alice’s role is to coordinate and expand the ACSC Programme’s portfolio of overseas courses and to develop links with networks and centres in LMICs. Alice graduated with her PhD in Human Genetics from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Thereafter, she pursued a pharmacogenomics postdoctoral research fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in USA before joining the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences in 2012, where she focused on health education and research in non-communicable diseases, pharmacology, genomics and ethics


UPCOMING DEADLINES

Derivation and Culture of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (hiPSCs) (course)
11–14 December 2017
Application Deadline: 29 Sept

Epigenomics of Common Diseases (conference)
14-17 November 2017
Registration Deadline: 17 Oct

Genomics and Clinical Microbiology (course)
21–26 January 2018
Application Deadline: 13 Oct

Human Evolution: Fossils, Ancient and Modern Genomes (conference)
20-22 November 2017
Registration Deadline: 24 Oct.


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