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Professional Services Staff

General Enquiries
Department of Environment and Geography
University of York
YO10 5NG
Telephone number: +44(0) 1904 322999 

Instagram: uoyenvandgeo   
Twitter: YorkEnvironment


Department Managers



Bryan Hughes
Department Manager
Tel: 01904 324787

  • Overall responsibility for all business processes and professional services support
  • Planning and financial management
  • HR and recruitment processes
  • Member of the Department Leadership Team

Student Services Team


Michelle Barton / Bryan Hughes
Student Services Manager
Tel: 01904 326851

  • Student experience (collectively and individually)
  • Administration & operational support for teaching & learning
  • Welfare & student progress
  • Strategic development of student services operations
  • Relationships with university services related to students/teaching

Emma Boneham 
Student Services Coordinator
Tel: 01904 32 2998

  • Handling escalated student enquiries, welfare and student progress
  • Oversight and continuous improvement of student administration processes, including assessment and module evaluation
  • Coordination of the Department's VLE provision
  • Deputy to the Student Services Manager and coordination of day-to-day office operations

Nadine Riley
Timetabling Administrator

  • Part of the Timetabling Services team
  • Development and maintenance of the Department’s timetable

Rebecca Reid Rodrigues
Student Support Assistant 

  • Dealing with general enquiries
  • Supporting the welfare of students and administrating Exceptional Circumstances affecting
    Assessment (ECA) and Student Support Plans (SSP)
  • Processing assessments
  • General administrative duties including booking rooms, travel and accommodation 

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Virginie Harrison
Student Services Administrator (Undergraduate/MEnv & PGT)

  • Dealing with all Undergraduate general enquiries
  • Supporting the welfare of students and administrating Exceptional Circumstances affecting Assessment (ECA) and Student Support Plans (SSP)
  • General administrative duties including booking rooms, travel and accommodation
  • Processing assessments
  • Assisting with the Department's social media and communications

Toshiko Smith
Student Services Administrator (Undergraduate/MEnv & PGT)
Tel: 01904 324769


  • Maintaining the UG/MEnv and PGT student records
  • Processing assessments and feedback
  • Responding to queries in relation to the administration of  the UG/MEnv and PGT programmes of study
  • Supporting the welfare of students and administrating Exceptional Circumstances affecting Assessment (ECA) and Student Support Plans (SSP)
  • Other Administrative duties including room booking, catering and accommodation arrangements 

Maroula Hill 
Student Services Administrator (PGR)
Tel: 01904 324068

  • First point of contact for postgraduate research students and teaching staff handling queries across all postgraduate research matters
  • Maintenance of PGR student records, including admissions, enrolment, progression, examination and awards
  • Oversight of scholarships, studentships and DTPs
  • Support for internal exam boards
  • Support for the Department's recruitment and admissions activity

Careers & Employability 


Tamsyn Kiss
Employability Assistant

  • Support for students with employability and placements
  • Support for employers

Jenny Pollard
Industry Liaison Officer
Tel: 01904 322996

  • External engagement
  • Management of placement programmes 
  • Careers Liaison Officer 
  • Mental Health First Aider

Research Support


Laura Smith
Research Facilitator
Tel: 01904 32 4063

  • Management of departmental research support
  • Help with research grant proposals
  • Management of current research and consultancy projects
  • REF support

Technical Operations


Hay, Dave

Dave Hay 
Health & Safety and Technical Manager
Tel: 01904 324071

  • Management of departmental technical teams and facilities
  • Departmental Safety Manager
  • Departmental Radiation Protection Supervisor
  • Management of building, laboratory, security and IT operations
  • Responsible for technical budget management and purchasing operations
Mike Beckwith
Physical Geography Research Technician
Tel: 01904 324788  
  • Providing field and surveying assistance to support the physical geography research group, specialising in spatial surveying techniques and processing,  data/sample collection and monitoring.
  • Assisting with the installation, operation and maintenance of physical geography field equipment.
  • Responsible for the storage and archiving of physical geography research samples.
  • Assisting and supporting project students (undergraduate and postgraduate) in the course of their fieldwork and laboratory work.
  • Supporting laboratory practical sessions.
Dr Maria Gehrels
Physical Geography Research Technician
Tel: 01904 324788

  • Providing field and laboratory assistance to support the  physical geography research group
  • Preparation of samples for palaeo-ecological analysis (diatoms, pollen, foraminifera, testate amoebae)
  • Assisting with the installation, operation and maintenance of physical geography field equipment
  • Responsible for the storage and archiving of physical geography research samples
  • Assisting and supporting project students (undergraduate and postgraduate) in the course of their laboratory and fieldwork
  • Training students in the preparation and identification of microfossils
  • Supporting laboratory practical sessions
  • Maintaining a clean, safe and effective working environment for physical geography research
  • Primary contact in the teaching laboratory for geography staff and students 

Anthony Jones
Research Technician
Tel: 01904 324788

  • Carrying out field work at sites in the Yorkshire Dales including water sampling and greenhouse gas flux measurement
  • Overseeing laboratory analysis of peat and water samples 
  • Data input, writing standard operating procedures and risk assessing work associated with the project 
  • Supporting project students (undergraduate and postgraduate) in their laboratory and fieldwork

Dr Matt Pickering
Experimental Officer
Tel: 01904 324788

  • Laboratory support of environmental analytical chemistry research.
  • Providing technical support and training on analytical instrumentation to staff and students.
  • Responsibility for gas chromatography (GC-MS and GC-FID), liquid chromatography (HPLC) and ion chromatography instruments including maintenance, troubleshooting and analytical method development.
  • To assist the reporting of analytical data as a contribution to research reports.
  • Stock control of chemicals, consumables and equipment relating to the chromatography facility. 

Rebecca Sutton
Senior Research Technician
Tel: 01904 324788

  • Support to departmental research staff
  • Support of students engaged in research projects at BSc and MSc/PhD level
  • Laboratory organisation including purchasing, instrument specification etc
  • Provision of instruction and training to members of academic and research staff in detailed and safe usage of complex laboratory equipment
  • Maintenance, operation and troubleshooting of key specialised analytical instrumentation
  • Advice on the handling and disposal of hazardous laboratory chemicals. 
Deborah Sharpe
Laboratory Technician
Tel: 01904 324788

  • To assist with operation and maintenance of lab equipment
  • Preparation of experimental and stock solutions for teaching purposes
  • General housekeeping of teaching labs.
  • Disposal of chemical waste and glass
  • Stock control of chemicals, consumables and lab equipment
  • To assist in the operation of department field trips 

Mark Tolley
Departmental Computing Officer
Tel: 01904 324191

  • 1st and 2nd line IT support (at desk, telephone and remote support)
  • Software installation and deployment
  • New IT installations and upgrades of existing equipment
  • Advice and guidance with all IT matters
  • Asset management 
  • Environment website management 
General Administration, Finance & Marketing  

Zoe Fraser 
Departmental Administration Coordinator
Tel: 01904 326502

  • Oversight, documentation and continuous improvement of general administrative processes across the Department
  • Support for departmental HR processes and record-keeping
  • Support for equality, diversity and inclusivity activity
  • Support for sustainability activity
  • Management of casual workers
  • Executive support to the E&G Leadership Team

Lucy Orange 
PA / Administrator   
Tel: 01904 32 8640

  • Booking meetings, travel and accommodation for EGLT members
  • Diary management for EGLT members
  • Email management for HoD and Department Manager
  • Raising POs, processing expenses and documenting departmental spending
  • Administrating GTA bookings
  • Servicing the EGLT, DMT, and departmental staff meetings
  • General administrative duties
Helen Whalley
Management Accountant
Tel: 01904 32 6620

  • Management Accountant for Department of Environment & Geography and Stockholm Environment Institue 

Marcy Melis
Finance Assistant 

  • Handling invoices, expenses claims, and general financial processing
  • Ensures compliance with University financial regulations 


Pete McClymont
Faculty Content Producer
Marketing, Recruitment, Admissions and Outreach
Tel: 01904 32 4343

  • Part of the Marketing, Admissions, Recruitment and Outreach (MARO) team
  • Develops content for departmental webpages and news stories 
Stockholm Environment Institute at York   

Sarah West

Centre Director

  • Centre Director for SEI York 

Emma Holland 
Executive Assistant, SEI-Y
Tel: 07552 285885

  • Executive support for SEI-Y Director
  • Oversight of administrative functions within SEI-Y 

Sam Bland
Software Developer 

  • Software development for a number of  environmental models and tools
  • Data visualisation
  • Interactive user interface design.
  • Urban simulation 

Naurin Fatima


  • Accountant

Frances Dixon
Communications Specialist

  • Designing and implementing communication strategies
  • Content developer for infographics and videos
  • Editing and copywriting content for different audiences
  • Policy engagement
  • Online event planning (seminars, workshops etc.) 

Anwen Hughes
Research Manager
Tel: 07552 285934


  • Research facilitation and management for SEI-Y 


Howard Cambridge
Research Support Group Manager
Tel: 07552 285887


  • Provision of IT, communications, software development and spatial mapping services to SEI researches at York.
  • Developing creative approaches for engaging different stakeholders including focus groups and participatory mapping.
  • Development of online tools, bespoke software and apps. 

Trudy Stapley
SEI-Y Administrative Assistant
Tel: 07552 285 895



Douglas Wang
Software Developer

  • Software developer of user interfaces for research tools and management planning
  • Agile development using programming (Python/Django) and server side scripting languages (PHP / JavaScript) both for local use and in online, cloud-based, environments.
  • Full stack web development using HTML, CSS, JavaScript for web-based interface design and web-based GIS techniques using  GeoServer, OpenLayers, Leaflet/MapBox. 

Lizzie White 
SEI-Y Adminstrator
Tel: 07552 285885