Sally Utton was appointed in October 2016 as the Programme Operations Manager for COMPARE, Centre of Membrane Proteins Receptors. She is employed jointly by the two universities and spends part of the week in Nottingham and part of the week in Birmingham. COMPARE brings together leading researchers from the two universities to identify new ways of visualising membrane receptors in cells to target drugs effectively while limiting unwanted side effects. This will enable the development of the next generation of drugs focussing on the two of the major killers of mankind, cardiovascular disease and cancer. The Programme Operations Manager works alongside the two Directors and is responsible for the day to day management of all non-academic activities associated with the successful delivery of the Centre’s aims.