Wendy Mason – IST Administrator

Wendy MasonWendy supports our memberships, registrations, committees and meetings, and manages the IST’s main office in Sheffield. She deals with all our general enquiries and helps to organise our events, visits, and conference.

Wendy also coordinates and supports our training courses (eg. Leading Your Technical Team) and the Institute’s annual Higher Diploma Examinations.

John Dwyer FIScT CMI – IST Champions Coordinator

John DwyerJohn is Faculty Superintendent and Area Safety Officer for the Faculty of Health and Medicine at Lancaster University and has worked in the NHS & HE sectors for over 40 years.

He is a graduate of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. He is also a Fellow of the IST, and served on a number of key committees including the IST Strategy board as co-ordinator for Partnerships/Champions.  He is actively promoting Professional Registration for the IST throughout the UK attending meetings, workshops and conferences and seeking champions for this cause at institutions nationally.

He is also the Membership Secretary of the University Bioscience Managers Association (UBMA) and hosted the 2002 conference at Lancaster University.

Geoff Howell MIScT RSci – IST China Liaison Advisor

ghGeoff manages a training orogramme for multi-skilling technical staff, at The university of Sheffield. The programme started in 2011 and has already produced a number of exceptional technical staff. In 2014 it was awarded international recognition by S-Labs and has since gone from strength to strength in recent times. In 2015 the training programme went international working in China developing technical staff in Tongji University.

Geoff is a Registered Scienctist (RSci) and member of the IST Education Board. His background is in IT and training and he now leads the first international technical training programme in China as part of an ongoing IST Project.

Derek Sayers FIScT, FInstLM, FRMS

Derek Sayers - IST ExecutiveDerek  joined  Science Technician’s Association (STA) in 1954 just a few months before it was incorporated and became the Institute of Science Technology (IST).  He initially worked as a Junior technician at University College London in the Pharmacology Department where The Head of the Department was Professor Winton who was at the time, President of the STA.Derek completed the Institute’s own 3 year technician Course and became ordinary technician.  He joined the Royal Army Medical Corps for three years and took the medical technology examinations.On leaving the Forces he joined the Institute of Orthopaedics at Stanmore Middlesex doing research histology.  He took the City & Guilds/IST final examination in histology in 1962 and became a Senior Technician.Over the next few years he wrote a number of scientific papers on orthopaedic research, mainly new histology techniques.  He became a State registered Medical Laboratory Technician in 1968.  About 1969 he became the Chairman of the London Branch of the IST and served on the Branch Committee until about 1973In 1974 whilst still working at the Institute he became director of a small company Reco Laboratory Products Ltd.   This company still exists today under the name ‘Reco Laboratory Services’

In 1982, after 3 years study Derek wrote a thesis for the IST Fellowship, on the histochemistry of mucopolysaccharides and became a Fellow of the Institute. In 1989 he joined the Council of the IST and then the Executive as the Overseas and Fellowship Officer; a post he still holds today. He retired as Manager of the Institute of Orthopaedics in 2003.

He is now semi-retired but still runs Courses on microscope repair and servicing and still plays an active part in Reco Laboratory Services. He provides valuable support for the Executive in his capacity as Fellowship and Overseas Advisor.

James Trout FIScT CMgr RSci – IST Industry Liaison Advisor

James TroutJames is the Laboratory manager for the National Laboratory Site at Starcross in Devon. The NLS is a national service of the Environment Agency and provides analytical data for a range of sample types. The NLS has four sites in Nottingham, Leeds, Caversham and Starcross each with their own specialism.

As Laboratory Manager James is part of the team who run the NLS and set the vision and strategy for the business. He is responsible for around 90 members of staff and the delivery of sample data to customer agreed targets and to ISO17025 quality standards.

James is a Chartered Manager and Registered Scientist and a Director of Newton Abbot University Technical College. He will be helping the IST develop industrial links and promoting frameworks for professionalising science/technical staff working in that sector.

John-Paul Ashton MIScT RSci – IST Social Media/Engagement Advisor and Executive Support Officer

John-Paul works in the University of Sheffield’s Bateson Centre Zebrafish Screening Facility (Department of Biomedical Science) and I’m a member of the management team for EpiStressNet as Network Co-ordinator (Department of Sociological Studies).

He’s an IST  member and a Registered Scientist (RSci) and works closely with the Technicians Network at TUoS. John-Paul has recently taken on a social media advisory role and will be helping the Executove develops its profile/presence on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn etc.

When JP is not working full time at the University of Sheffield and helping the IST he is a part-time First Responder/Patient Transfer Attendant and Duty Manager at UK Event Medical Services Ltd. He also volunteers with the Scout Association and the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.

Andy Connelly MIScT MEng – IST Assistant Editor

Andy ConnellyAndy graduated with an MEng in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Sheffield in 2000, followed by a PhD in glass science, also from Sheffield, in 2004. He then spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher in France and in the UK. Unhappy with the uncertainty of academic life, he spent three years teaching high school physics before stumbling across his current role as a technician in 2013. Now a technician and laboratory manager in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds, Andy is convinced that he’s found his ideal role within science. In this role, he is responsible for the day-to-day running of Cohen Geochemistry laboratory facility, training staff and students, and a wide range of other roles.

Alongside his day jobs, Andy has been writing and publishing both academic papers and popular science articles since 2007. His articles have appeared in in Physics World, Physics and Chemistry Review, and on Guardian.co.uk. More recently, he has focused on practical science for his blog, which can be found at andyjconnelly.wordpress.com. He also featured on the BBC1 documentary “The Truth About Fat” in 2015.

As part of the University of Leeds Technicians’ Network he used his writing experience to set up a newsletter for technicians. Technically Speaking was born in 2016 and has gone from strength to strength on the back of local news, interviews with a range of technicians inside and outside Leeds, and topical articles.

Andy is excited to take on his new challenge as Assistant Editor of The Journal and looks forward to using his position to highlight the vital role of technicians through this work.