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King’s and the Technician Commitment

King’s College London  Technical Staff

“Our technical services staff carry out vital roles to deliver the university’s education, research and service ambitions. I am delighted that we signalled our early support for the profession when King’s became a founding signatory to the Technician Commitment in 2017.

We have made significant progress towards recognising the significant and diverse contributions of technicians at King’s and are strongly committed to further enabling improved connectivity, communication and career development opportunities for this key group of staff.

Our internal Technical Services Network has gained exciting momentum over the past five years. As a sponsor, I am committed to ensuring that our technicians have a genuine voice in decision-making and strategic development processes, and to recognising the innovation in techniques and ways of working that will safeguard our future sustainability.”  

Professor Richard Trembath, Provost & Senior Vice President (Health)

Technical Services Network

King’s Technical Services Network was launched in 2016 as testament to the university’s strong commitment to supporting this community of staff. The Network acts as a way for technical services staff to meet each other, get involved in projects and programmes across the university, and participate in key decision making and strategic processes.

The Network is regularly consulted as a key forum to gather views on university-wide developments and proposals.

The Network also plays a key role in driving and promoting relevant development opportunities and career pathways.

In recognition of the critical role of this network, our sponsors are drawn from King’s Senior Leadership Team: Professor Richard Trembath, Provost & Senior Vice President (Health) and Rachel Parr, Chief Operating Officer (Health).

The Network is open to all technical services staff – and we also warmly welcome supporters and friends from across other staff groups at King’s. We hold regular workshops, training sessions and away days. If you are interested in joining the Network, or have any questions about it, please email stephen.franey@kcl.ac.uk

Developing our Technical Staff

King’s Organisation Development team offers a suite of development and learning opportunities for all levels and categories of staff. Technical Services staff are well represented in cohorts for leadership development programmes, as well as on short courses and bitesize sessions.

Technical Services staff are supported to attend external scientific and fact-finding events and activities.

Professional Registration

King’s has actively encouraged our technical services staff to invest in their development through professional registration with the Science Council.

In 2016, King’s agreed to cover the cost of professional registration.

Technical Apprenticeship Scheme

In 2016, King’s launched its Technical Apprenticeship Scheme, working with a local HE College. The two-year scheme has created opportunities for a cohort of apprentice technicians to rotate across a number of core activities supporting King’s education and research portfolio. The apprentices have been considered full members of the university’s Technical Services Network, to enable their early integration into our university community and also align them to professional registration standards (RSciTech).

King’s College is very proud to be Founding signatory of the Technician Commitment

Key Members of the TCI and King’s College Technical Network

Technician Commitment Signatory       

Professor Richard C Trembath
Senior Vice-President and Provost (Health)
King's College London
Executive Director - King's Health Partners

Technical Staff Network Sponsor         

Rachel Parr
Chief Operating Officer (Health)
King's College London

Institutional Lead

Stephen Franey  CSci
Technical Staff Development Manager
Research Management & Innovations Directorate

Focus steering group

Barry Crook RSci
Resource Manager, Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences

Dr Kathy Barrett
Head of Research Staff Development

Dr Martin Kirk
Operations Director, Research Management & Innovation

Steve Shemilt
Head of Technical Services, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, and Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience  

Dr Francis O’Shea
Laboratory and School Resources Manager, JBTLab Department of Geography

Peter Bishai
Campus Technical Manager (FoLSM/IoPPN), Denmark Hill

Deborah Coles
Resource Manager Centre for Developmental Neurobiology,

David Richards RSci
School Technical Manager, School of Life Course Sciences

Candice Carboo
Faculty Lead (Development, Diversity & Cultural Change) Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Victoria Snowden RSci
Technical Services Manager - Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Stephen Woodley
Director of Biological Services, Research Platforms, Research Management & Innovation Directorate

Greg Anderson RSci
Associate Director Core Facilities (Strategy)
Research Platforms, Research Management & Innovation Directorate

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Specialist network leads

Oliver Austen RSci
Environmental Sustainability

Dr Valentina Vitiello RSci
Development, Diversity & Cultural Change & St Thomas Hospital campus TechNet lead

Alexandra Mayne RSci
Denmark Hill campus TechNet lead

Rose-Marie Minaisah RSci
TechNet communications and Waterloo campus TechNet lead

Chantelle Griffin RSciTech
TechNet communications/Social media

Jess Sammut RSciTech
TechNet communications/Social media

Professional registration mentors

John Grist RSci

Thomas Pitcher CSci

Dave Richards RSci

Barry Crook RSci

Chantelle Griffin RSciTech