Governance structure of the SWBio DTP

The SWBio DTP is governed by the DTP Hub in collaboration with a number of groups across the partnership. The role and memberships of the DTP Hub and these different groups are listed below.

As the University of Bristol is the lead organisation of the SWBio DTP, the SWBio DTP Hub is based at this university. The hub includes the:

Central groups (local DTP representatives are part of these groups):

The SWBio DTP Management Group is chaired by the Director and has representatives from each of the partners. The Management Group is responsible for strategic and operational oversight of the programme.


University/Research Organisation  
Director (Chair) Prof Leo Brady
Deputy Director Prof Linda Wooldridge
Bristol Prof Christiane Berger-Schaffitzel
Bath Prof Robert Kelsh
Cardiff Prof Rob Honey
Exeter Dr James Wakefield
Rothamsted Research Dr Laura Cardenas
Marine Biological Association (MBA) Dr Glen Wheeler
Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) Dr Ruth Airs
Swansea University Prof Bill Griffiths
UCB Dr Tom Crabbe
University of the West of England (UWE) Prof Aniko Varadi


The SWBio DTP Implementation Group is made up members from all five SWBio DTP partners and chaired by the Academic Coordinator. The main responsibility of the group is to implement the programme which includes delivering training and cohort building activities.

Dr Steven Porter

University/Research Organisation  
Deputy Director (Chair) Prof Linda Wooldridge
Bath Dr Chris Bailey
Bristol Dr Jill Harrison
Cardiff Prof Helen White-Cooper
Exeter Dr Steve Porter
Rothamsted Research Dr Mark Wilkinson


The SWBio DTP Operational Group is made up members from all five SWBio DTP partners and chaired by the Hub Manager. The main responsibility of the group is to support the management and co-ordination of the programme.


University/Research Organisation
Hub Manager (Chair) Dr Samantha Southern
Bath Simon Gane
Bristol Sue Summerill (
Cardiff Amanda Rouse (
Exeter Elizabeth Noon (
Rothamsted Research Donna Fellowes


Other groups:

The External Advisory Group is chaired by Dr Mike Hann and has both academic and industrial representatives. The External Advisory Group provides reflective input and advice to the Management Group to contribute to the strategic development of the DTP.

GlaxoSmithKline (Chair) Dr Mike Hann
UCB Dr Tom Crabbe
Micromix Chris Gamble
Newcastle University Prof Robert Edwards
University of Oxford Prof Gail Preston

The role of the Research Theme Champions are to build cross-institutional cross-year group networks and to create and identify training opportunities around three research themes.


Research theme   University/Research Organisation
Agriculture and the Environment Dr Dan Bebber Exeter
Animal Behaviour and In Vivo Studies Dr Nadia Cerminara Bristol
Biomolecular and Biophysical Studies Dr Chris Pudney Bath


The role of the PIPS Management Team is to provide oversight of the Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS) scheme.

University/Research Organisation  
PIPS Director Amanda Harper
PIPS Officer / Bath Dawn Hallett
Bristol Prof Linda Wooldridge

Prof Rob Honey – Please cc' in when approving job descriptions.


CLES PGR Support Team

Rothamsted Donna Fellowes