Professional Services in The College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Collage of 4 images including a laboratory, river, woman picking a plant, and child resting their headThe College of Life and Environmental Sciences is dedicated to exploring the diversity and evolutionary challenges of life in all its forms. Across the breadth of life and environmental sciences, we discover, apply and translate science, forging major advances in human and environmental health. From exercise, biomedicine and mental health to climate change, food security and resilience we combine original thinking and real-world experience with clear focus and rigour.  

Key People and Team Structures

Jennifer Donohoe
Interim Director of Operations 
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5473
PA: Naina Desai 

As Interim Director of Operations, Jen Donohoe is responsible for directing and developing the College’s professional services staff and is part of the College’s Senior Management Team and a member of the Registrar’s Leadership Group. The College professional services team and business partners, together work as a virtual team to support the academic endeavours of the College.


College Research and Knowledge Transfer

Dr Victoria Cabrera-Sharp
Deputy Director of Operations (Research and Knowledge Transfer)
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5890

As Deputy Director of Operations (Research and Knowledge Transfer), I work in partnership with Professor David Hannah, our Director of Research, to develop and deliver on the College’s Research Strategy. I am responsible for bringing together pre-award, business engagement and charitable funding research support professionals to facilitate a high performing research environment.

We encourage applications and manage the grant pipeline through: provision of advice on the current funding landscape and opportunities available; help to identify relevant stakeholders; facilitate proposal development; co-ordinate peer-review; build and manage funder relationships including initiating and maximising interactions with industry collaborators and charitable donors.

Through the provision of research planning and strategic project support we deliver on REF, support the leadership of interdisciplinary research communities of scale and capacity, and provide support for generating research impact.

To aid the academic experience with the research grant lifecycle, we also help to facilitate cross-talk between pre-award and post-award teams to create the highest quality environment for project delivery. The R&KT office also co-ordinates training and support for our post-doctoral community through the PERCAT programme.

Victoria CS

College Infrastructure and Facilities

Richard Marguerie
Deputy Director of Operations (Infrastructure and Facilities)
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5445

My role is College Head of Infrastructure and Facilities. With a career spanning over 25 years in a research environment and over 20 years in the Higher Education sector, I provide a high level of support to the Head of College and Director of Operations, developing strategic plans, and ensuring their implementation, for infrastructure and research facilities within the College.

This necessitates a good understanding of the College Research and Teaching Strategy to be able to develop major capital projects to enhance and develop the College portfolio.

As a result, I am also responsible for the space management of the College, which involves defining the space for future research in line with research and teaching growth trajectories.

Richard Margurie

College Education Services and Support

Kerri Badger
Interim Deputy Director of Operations (Education)
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5473

As Deputy Director of Operations (Education) I am responsible for integrated education support activities across the College. Working in partnership with Professor Jeremy Pritchard, our Director of Education, I lead the development and implementation of the College Education Strategy, working on our strategic priorities around service delivery, process improvement, systems and structures, recruitment and education portfolio development. I also represent the College at University level across a range of issues, and work with colleagues from the other Colleges, sharing and influencing best practice. 


College Hub PA Team

Helen Jones

Helen Jones



College HR Operations

Helen Barlow
Human Resources Business Partner
Tel: +44 (0)121 415 8833

As the College Human Resources Business Partner, I contribute to the development of College/Professional Services strategy. As a member of College Board, the HR Business Partner is the most senior HR professional within the College and Professional Services and am responsible for providing proactive and strategic support on HR matters to College staff.

Helen Barlow

College Finance

Lorna Booth
Finance Business Partner
Tel:  +44 (0)121 414 8845

College Planning

Neil McDonald
Head of Education Services and Support
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 45576

As the College Planning Partner, I help support decision making processes around recruitment and target setting by providing analysis from a number of data systems.  I identify trends and areas of consideration that the College may wish to expand in to.  I liaise routinely with my counterparts in the other Colleges to identify best practice and developments that can be used internally.

I also advise on programme development and the College’s education pipeline, as well as internal audit and oversight of the College’s Risk Register.

Neil McDonald

College Marketing and Communications Team

Catherine Byerley
Head of Marketing and Communications
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 2506

As the College Head of Marketing and Communications, I am responsible for developing the College’s marketing and communications strategy, and its implementation. Leading a team of professionals, working with colleagues across the College, External Relations and the wider University to enhance the profile of education and research to a wide range of audiences. With extensive experience in leading and developing strategic external and internal marketing communications, both in the UK and Internationally, I also have responsibility for specific University Projects.

Catherine Byerley

College IT Team

Anthony Ford
IT Manager
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3182

As the College IT Manager, I am the main point of contact between IT Services and the College leadership and management team. I work to ensure IT services provide the correct service to the College and adapts to the changing needs and demands from staff & students. I also lead a number of IT services staff embedded within the College who provide specialist support to users working across research as well as teaching.

Business Engagement

Holly Searson
Business Engagement Partner
Tel:+ 44 (0)7970 397 568 

My role as Business Engagement Partner is to look at the whole spectrum of engagement with industry and help to bring in the right people internally to support that. This includes student placements, student projects, internships, CPD, research and IP/licencing; therefore working closely with the Research Support Office, Charitable Funding and Alumni Relations and Industrial Placements teams.

Business Engagement facilitates academics in gaining support for bids, accessing funding for joint grant applications, identifying and establishing contact with partners along with seeking collaborative research funding – all from or with industry. Whilst internally we help with proposal development, costings, contracts and account set-up for all industry related activity. Additionally, Business Engagement can offer support for events internally and externally that include or are related to industry engagement (in the UK or Overseas) through our Comms and Events team.

Holly Searson

College Academic Policy and Support

Faye Bond
College Academic Policy Partner
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5046

The Lapworth Museum of Geology

Jonathan Clatworthy
Director of The Lapworth Museum of Geology
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7750

As Director of the Lapworth Museum of Geology, I am responsible for the strategic development of the Museum, and its day to day management. The role involves ensuring the Lapworth supports teaching and research within the College and the wider campus community. Through our Research England – Museum, Gallery & Collection Funding, we also provide support for the wider Higher Education sector, nationally and internationally. I also work with my colleagues in the Museum Team to support the university’s cultural agenda, and its role as a civic university,  by engaging the wider community through our learning and public engagement programmes.