Executive Support/Advisors

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 MSc GradIOSH CMI FIScT – 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.

John-Paul Ashton MIScT RSci – IST Social Media/Engagement Advisor

John-Paul AshtonJohn-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, Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity and is am member of St. Luke’s Health & Safety Council and Trustee Board.