Welcoming the first UK Institute for Technical Skills and Strategy Technical Council members

14 candidates have been selected to form the inaugural ITSS Technical Council.

After receiving over 150 submissions to join the UK Institute for Technical Skills and Strategy (ITSS) Technical Council, 14 individuals have been selected as the Council’s first members.

Members will meet quarterly to advise the ITSS on the needs of the community, contribute to progressing ITSS programmes/initiatives and provide input on the assessment of internal submissions. Members are expected to serve an initial 2-year term, after which the Council will be refreshed to allow a wide range of ideas and individuals to be included. They will act as ambassadors for the Institute and its activity.

Council members 2023-2025:

Ashish Bhandari, University of Exeter, Living Systems Institute

Heather Burgess, Ulster University, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Jamie Cameron, University of Oxford, Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit

Rosa Colamarino, University of Aberdeen, School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition

Mark Dabee Saltmarsh, Cardiff Metropolitan University, School of Education and Social Policy

Isabel Goncalves Cattuzzo, University College London, School of Pharmacy

Bethany Hunter, Newcastle University, Flow Cytometry Core Facility

Lizzy James, Northumbria University, Engineering and Environment

Clare Levitt, University of Brighton, School of Art and Media

Tendai Makuwatsine, University of Birmingham, School of Physics & Astronomy

Dr Ludmila Mee, UKRI STFC ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, ISIS Experimental Operations Support Laboratories

Abigail Mortimer, University of York, Chemistry

Zachary Parkinson, University of Warwick, Warwick Manufacturing Group

Leontien Talboom, Cambridge University Library, Digital Services

Co-chairs, Prof Andy Filby, Newcastle University and Paul Gilbert, University of Liverpool said:

“We are thrilled to receive over 150 applications to be on the Technical Council, which just demonstrates the level of excitement across the sector about ITSS and the desire to help it succeed, but made the task of selecting only 12 people to form the Council a particularly daunting one.

We have tried to convene a Council that reflects all facets of the technical community, ensuring fair representation and taking into consideration a range of disciplines, roles, career stages, and institutions. The fact that we just couldn’t get it down to 12 and decided to go with 14 is testament to the excellence of the applicant pool and the many difficult decisions that had to be made.

We are very excited to welcome the successful candidates to the Technical Council. We look forward to meeting you all and working together to help guide and support the aims of the ITSS.”