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The EDI Committee oversees the department’s equality, diversity and inclusion strategy. This includes all activity relating to NDS’ Athena SWAN submission, and making the department accessible to all, regardless of gender, race, disability, class and other protected characteristics.

Our members

NamePositionSAT ResponsibilityBackground
Claire Edwards Associate Professor Athena SWAN Academic Lead. Balancing full-time academic career with young family. Her husband, also a full-time academic, have two children at primary school.
Emily Hotine Athena SWAN Coordinator Supporting the department’s submission to the Athena Swan Charter. Appointed in 2019; has a central role analysing data to devise and deliver effective initiatives to improve gender equality within the department.
James FitzGerald Associate Professor Representing senior academic clinical researchers. West Wing site representative. Full-time academic since 2012. His wife is a PI within the University.
Freddie Hamdy Head of Department Academic overview of policy implementation. Department head and former Athena SWAN Champion. Married with three children.
Gemma Horbatowski HR Administrative Officer Personnel data analysis. HR policy implementation. Has a flexible working pattern to accommodate her commute and caring responsibilities for her father. Currently on maternity leave.
Paul Johnson Professor Representing senior academic clinical researchers. OCDEM site representative. Married with two children; has previously taken adoption leave. Previous Athena SWAN Champion.
Regent Lee Clinical Lecturer Representing clinical lecturers. Newly appointed clinical lecturer. Married and expecting second child. He hopes to utilise the shared parental leave package.

Jane Niederer Research Nurse Representing research nurses. Churchill site representative. Has two children and works full-time flexible hours to accommodate caring and graduate studies.
Rutger Ploeg Professor Representing senior academic clinical researchers. Transplant Centre site representative.
Professor and
Honorary Consultant
Surgeon. In dual career marriage,
oversees welfare of staff and students.
Jo Snoeck Departmental Administrator Representing professional support staff. ORCRB site representative. Works flexible hours to accommodate a full-time job with caring for three children.

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