Head of Particle Physics | UK | Science and Technology Facility Council
I work for the Science and Technology Facility Council, which is part of UK Research and Innovation, where I am Head of Particle Physics in the funding agency branch of the organisation. My group provides funding, support and oversight of the particle physics and accelerator research programmes that we fund in UK universities as well as interactions with international facilities such as CERN. Having gained a degree in Food Science from the University of Leeds I worked in the R&D centre of the food packing company Metal Box. After a career break I returned to work in local government. Prompted by my then teenage daughter to make more use of my science degree and having just completed a Masters degree in Strategic Management I applied for a job in the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council. I started working for the Research Councils in 2004. Over the last 15 years as well as working with the particle physics and accelerator communities in the UK I have been a frequent visitor to CERN as a UK delegate on the Finance and other committees. I was Chair of the Finance Committee and Audit Committee for 3 years from 2014.