Technical Team Lead
When Anne was at school, she thought she had her future career all planned out: “I wanted to be a radiographer as I would get to use cool technology to help people.”
Eager to get started, Anne applied for lots of different jobs to get much-needed interview practice - but it was one of the practice interviews that changed her career path.
“I wanted to be prepared before applying to radiography school, so I applied for a few technical roles. To my surprise I was offered a job as a Trainee Research Technician in one of those interviews, at the University of Sheffield and the rest is history. 37 years later, I’m still here and I still love my job!”
Since joining the university, Anne has had plenty of opportunities to grow and develop her creative, decision-making and analytical skills through the technical roles she’s had. She’s also studied for, and achieved, a HNC in Biological Laboratory Sciences.
“I gained the best grades in the region and was chosen to receive my qualification in London from the Duke of Kent.”
Thanks to years of dedication and professional development, Anne is now Technical Team Lead at the Department of Neurosciences.
“I lead a team of nine technicians to deliver technical services to the department. I’m responsible for biological safety in the department and have learnt a whole range of technical skills on the job.”
“When I’m travelling to work, I never know what the day will bring. Once the Queen came to the university and we were searched by sniffer dogs before she even arrived!”
Anne's career pathway
- 1980 Joined the University of Sheffield (UoS) as a Trainee Research Technician
- 1983 Became a Research Technician at the Department of Medicine and Pharmacology at UoS
- 1984 Gained a HNC in Biological Laboratory Sciences
- 2006 Was promoted to Senior Research Technician at UoS
- 2007 Was promoted to Technical Lead at the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UoS
- 2010 Became a Technical Team Lead at the Department of Neurosciences at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), UoS