Meet the Team
Dr Joanna Jenkinson is GW4 Director, with responsibility for leading and managing the GW4 Alliance, and developing and delivering its overall strategy.
Prior to taking on the role of GW4 Director, Dr Jenkinson was Head of Infection and Immunity at the Medical Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation, where she led the UKRI/DHSC/NIHR rapid response and rolling calls for COVID-19 research and had overall responsibility for managing the Infections and Immunity Board, its research portfolio and large investments. She joined the MRC in 2008 and has held a range of roles including Head of Capacity and Skills, with responsibility for all MRC PhD and fellowships schemes. In this role, she led on the development of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship scheme and developed the evidence and business case for this £900m initiative. She also led the MRC’s mental health and addiction portfolio, wrote the MRC’s 2017 Mental Health Strategy and was the lead contact for Cardiff University.
Dr Jenkinson received a PhD in fungal genetics from the University of Exeter, and undertook her Defra-funded, postdoctoral work on the evaluation of the field scale trials of GM crops, and has an MSc in Crop Protection that was a joint course between the Universities of Bath and Bristol. Before joining the MRC she worked at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, initially for the Plant and Microbial Sciences Committee and then the Sustainable Agriculture Strategy Panel.
I provide professional support across the GW4 Directorate, but primarily for the Talent and Skills Team. I also help with the delivery of flagship GW4 programmes such as Crucible and GW4WARD.
Dr Jessica Eddy is the NC3Rs Regional Programme Manager for Cardiff and the South West of England, co-funded by the NC3Rs and GW4. Jessica supports the application of the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of animals in research) across the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.
I lead the GW4 Net Zero programme which aims to accelerate the regions transition towards sustainable mobility with scope to offer solutions. I develop and co-ordinate research opportunities across GW4 universities.
I work across the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter to help develop and deliver research activity at a scale that could not be achieved by the universities in isolation.
I lead the GW4 Talent and Skills Programme, which provides sector-leading development opportunities for postgraduate researchers and early career researchers, as well as initiatives that enhance the inclusivity of our research cultures. I draw on long-standing experience in higher education and expertise in learning and development to ensure our innovative programmes meet the needs of their audiences, complement institutional provision, and respond to shifts in the national landscape. Prior to joining GW4, I worked for the University of Bristol Doctoral College as the Postgraduate Researcher Development Adviser after completing a PhD in History at the University of Bristol in 2016.
I look after various aspects of the GW4 governance processes.
Sam Lambshead is the University of Bristol Programme Manager for the GW4 Alliance, and Research Development Manager for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law. Prior to joining the University of Bristol in 2017, Sam worked at the Arts and Humanities Research Council for over 10 years.
I manage the Building Communities Programme of the GW4 Alliance, which funds academics from Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter Universities to create research communities for collaboration on research projects in any academic area.
I manage GW4’s strategic communications, including internal and external comms, social media and the website. I work with colleagues across the alliance, with partners, media and external organisations to raise the visibility and profile of GW4 and communicate the exciting work we do.
As Climate Alliance Manager, I support the GW4 Climate community – researchers and professional staff at the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter – in finding socially equitable solutions to the climate crisis.
As Manager of the GW4 AMR Alliance, I help develop and co-ordinate AMR research opportunities across the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.