The Daphne Jackson Trust’s team consists of 10 members of staff.

Our team delivers the charity’s objectives by carrying out the day-to-day operations of the charity overseen by the Chief Executive, supported by the Trust Manager and a team of Fellowship Advisors and administrative staff.

Staff skills encompass financial management, academic research, marketing, communications, policy and public affairs, governance, administration, public-sector experience as well as expertise in understanding the issues returners face.

Meet our team

Meet the team

Katie Perry – Chief Executive

Email: katie.perry@surrey.ac.uk

Phone: 01483 689166

Katie manages the charity’s strategic activities and aims, working closely with the Board of Trustees. She develops and maintains relationships with stakeholders and sits on a number of national committees addressing diversity issues in STEM. Katie’s drive and commitment to engage with key sectoral players has transformed the Daphne Jackson Trust into the forward-looking organisation it is today.

Katie became Chief Executive of the Daphne Jackson Trust in 2011, having previously been Trust Manager. She has a background in science communication, including roles with the Institute of Physics. She holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Surrey, where she worked directly with Professor Daphne Jackson.

Helen Marsh – Trust Manager

Email: h.marsh@surrey.ac.uk

Phone: 01483 689162

Helen was appointed Trust Manager in 2018 after previously working at the Trust since 2013 as a Fellowship Advisor. She works closely with Katie Perry, Chief Executive, and the team, to manage the processes relating to the award of new and existing Fellowship sponsorship arrangements.

Helen has a strong background in research, having held positions at Imperial College London, the Health Protection Agency and the Pirbright Institute. Helen obtained a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry from the University of Oxford and holds a DPhil in infectious diseases at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, also from the University of Oxford.

Catherine Barber – Communications Manager

Email: c.barber@surrey.ac.uk

Phone: 01483 689166

Catherine joined the Daphne Jackson Trust in 2016. As Communications Manager, Catherine is responsible for the charity’s external communications including managing the production of the Trust’s Annual Review, website and the charity’s biennial Research Conference.

Catherine has worked in PR and communications for nearly ten years including for the Department of Health and for various charities such as Arthritis Research UK and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). She holds a BA Hons degree in Public Relations from Leeds Beckett University.

Tim Julier – Executive Officer

Email: tim.julier@surrey.ac.uk

Phone: 01483 689166

Tim is Executive Officer to Katie Perry, providing executive administrative support and undertaking committee servicing and governance, policy work and public affairs for the Trust.

He has substantive experience of working in professional and higher education, including roles as Assistant Secretary to two Vice-Chancellors at the University of Surrey, Committee Support Manager at the University and Programme Manager at the Royal Academy of Engineering. Tim holds a BA Hons in Politics from the University of Sussex.

Sarah Bell – Fellowship Advisor

Email: sarah.bell@surrey.ac.uk

Phone: 01483 689162

In her role as a Fellowship Advisor, Sarah acts as a mentor to Fellows, guiding them through the application process and providing support and advice throughout their Fellowships. Initially she is responsible for assessing their eligibility for a Fellowship and their retraining needs and later she gives feedback on their research proposals and Fellowship reports.

Sarah joined the Trust in 2018 after spending time working in the higher education sector and in academic research. Sarah has previously worked in editorial and purchasing roles for publishers and booksellers and has also worked as a Postnatal Practitioner for the National Childbirth Trust (NCT).

Carolyn Johnson – Fellowship Advisor

Email: c.c.johnson@surrey.ac.uk

Phone: 01483 689162

In her role as a Fellowship Advisor, Carolyn acts as a mentor to Fellows, guiding them through the application process and providing support and advice throughout their Fellowships. Initially she is responsible for assessing their eligibility for a Fellowship and their retraining needs and later she gives feedback on their research proposals and Fellowship reports.

Carolyn joined the Daphne Jackson Trust in 2018 after 14 years of working in the higher education and research environments. Carolyn was previously based in the research field of auto-immune encephalitis working as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford.

Julie Dallison – Fellowship Advisor

Email: j.dallison@surrey.ac.uk

Phone: 01483 689166

In her role as a Fellowship Advisor, Julie acts as a mentor to Fellows, guiding them through the application process and providing support and advice throughout their Fellowships. Initially she is responsible for assessing their eligibility for a Fellowship and their retraining needs and later she gives feedback on their research proposals and Fellowship reports.

Julie joined the Daphne Jackson Trust in 2017, after spending time working in research in the academic, public and not-for-profit sectors. She also brings with her advisory experience from the voluntary sector and in addition to the Trust, holds a position of Advisor at her local Citizens Advice. Julie holds a BSc in Chemistry and Food Science from the University of Reading, and both an MSc in Science, Technology and Industrialisation, and a DPhil in Science and Technology Policy Studies, from the University of Sussex. She also has a Diploma in Health and Social Welfare from the Open University.

Deirdre McMahon – Trust Administrator

Email: d.mcmahon@surrey.ac.uk

Phone: 01483 689166

As Trust Administrator, Deirdre is responsible for general office administration and helps the Trust Manager to co-ordinate and manage Fellowship applications. Deirdre also answers telephone and email enquiries, from Fellows, potential applicants and candidates.

Deirdre joined the Daphne Jackson Trust in 2016 and brings with her administrative experience gained from the charity and corporate sectors, having worked for CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) and Gillette.

Elaine Hunt – Fellowship Officer

Email: elaine.hunt@surrey.ac.uk

Phone: 01483 68 9166

Elaine focuses on managing the processes for sponsored advertised Fellowships. As well as liaising with sponsors and promoting Fellowships, Elaine is also responsible for Fellows’ reports and assisting with general office administration.

Elaine has an excellent background in sales, marketing and retail management from the corporate sector and joined the Daphne Jackson Trust in 2010 as a general administrator.

Fiona Karimjee – Finance Officer

Email: f.karimjee@surrey.ac.uk

Phone: 01483 689166

As Finance Officer, Fiona is responsible for the day to day financial accounting and general finance administrative procedures for the charity. Fiona also deals with all financial aspects of the fellowships and sponsorship arrangements.

Fiona has previous experience working in finance gained from the corporate and voluntary sectors.