Meet our committee

The School of Chemistry's Athena SWAN self-assessment team is responsible for writing and submitting the School's Athena SWAN applications, as well as implementing our Athena SWAN action plan.

The committee is formed of volunteers from a variety of roles around the School, including academics at various career stages, students and professional and support staff. Find out more about our committee members below.

Drew Thomson photoDr Drew Thomson

Chair of School SAT

Lecturer in Chemical Biology

Drew started his lectureship in 2016. Before this he was a long-term postdoc/research fellow in Bristol. He is the father of two school-age children.

Photo of Dr Nicola BellDr Nicola Bell

Early Career Affiliate

Group Coordinator (Cronin Group)

Nicola is currently Group Coordinator & Senior Researcher for the Cronin Group at UofG. She has an interest in catalysis and ligand design with a background in the chemistry of the f-block. Nicola is now working towards an independent academic career to explore these interests.

Photo of Dr Rebecca ClarkeDr Rebecca Clarke

Postdoctoral Researcher Representative

Rebecca completed her undergraduate and PhD studies at Newcastle University, before taking up a Research Associate role at the University of Glasgow. Her research focusses on the synthesis, characterisation and applications of fluorescent molecules.

Emily Draper photoDr Emily Draper

Early Career Representative

Lecturer in Chemical Robotics and Automation of Chemical Experiments

Emily is currently a Lecturer in Chemistry working on self-assembled organic materials for electronic devices. She had her first child in January 2019 and is now enjoying navigating an academic career and being a mother.

Joy Farnaby photoDr Joy Farnaby

Early Career Representative

Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry

Joy is a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry and has been at Glasgow since 2016. She is the Early Career Researcher representative for Chemistry at College level and is a member of the School’s Research Committee.

Neil newDr Neil Findlay

Postdoctoral Researcher Representative

Research Fellow / Project Manager

Neil is an experienced PDR with two young children who has recently moved into two, part-time administration roles. While still spending half his time as a project manager in Chemistry, he also supports Research staff across the wider College. Neil acts as one of the PDR representatives on the SAT committee.

Ross Forgan photo2Professor Ross Forgan

Professor of Supramolecular and Materials Chemistry and Royal Society University Research Fellow

Ross has been in the School since 2011, with experience of transitioning from a PDRA to an externally funded independent fellow to a permanent member of academic staff. He is the father of a two year old girl.

David Jackson photoProfessor David Jackson

Disability Coordinator


Professor David Jackson joined the University of Glasgow in 2000 following a successful career in ICI plc.  His area of expertise is heterogeneous catalysis and he is the Disability Coordinator for the school.

Lynn Kearns photoLynn Kearns

Administrative Staff Representative

Head of School Administration

Lynn is Head of School Administration (HoSA) and representative of Professional Services staff on the team. She has responsibility for HR and Finance in the school as well as smooth running of all administrative functions. Lynn has 2 school-age children, one of whom suffers from a serious medical condition, and appreciates the benefits of finding a work life balance.

Sarah Memarzadeh photoSarah Memarzadeh

PhD Student Representative

3rd year PhD student

I am a 3rd year PhD student in the France group. My project is medicinal chemistry based and centered around inducing selective degradation of a protein in order to prevent formation of cancer metastases.


Ciorsdaidh Watts photoDr Ciorsdaidh Watts

Learning and Teaching Representative


Ciorsdaidh is a teaching and scholarship focussed lecturer in organic chemistry. Her background is in cancer research and medicinal chemistry and she has a particular interest in technology-enhanced learning. Ciorsdaidh lives with her husband and their 1-year old daughter in Milngavie, at the start of the West Highland Way.

Dylan Wilkinson photoDylan Wilkinson

PhD Student Representative

2nd year PhD student

Dylan is currently in the second year of his PhD in the Cooke Group. Dylan's research focuses on the synthesis of organic materials for electronic applications.


HollyDr Holly Yu

Technical Staff Representative

Research Technician

Holly is currently a research technician in the School, having started out here as a teaching technician. Holly is also responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the School’s Athena SWAN website.