HR, EDI and Wellbeing team

Welcome to BAS. Our team of HR, EDI and Wellbeing experts work together to support BAS’s mission and empower its people to achieve their potential in a safe and inclusive community.

We aim to promote BAS as a caring and inclusive employer, fostering a positive wellbeing culture in the UK and across the polar regions. We hold the internationally recognised Athena Swan Silver Standard accreditation, are committed to the Disability Confident scheme, and are active members of Employers Network of Equality and Inclusion (ENEI) and Inclusive Employers.

Team priorities

  • Attracting, developing and retaining the best people 
  • To develop and promote fair and transparent recruitment practices aligned with BAS, NERC and UKRI strategy
  • To nurture our talent in developing our organisational capability to meet current and future needs

Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing

  • To promote flexible and family friendly working arrangements for the mutual benefit of all employees and in line with organisational staffing needs
  • To develop an sustain an inclusive culture supported by strong management and leadership, which fosters a respectful and collaborative working environment where diversity is valued
  • To endorse and embed positive wellbeing practices into BAS culture and organisational structures
  • To nurture a psychological, physical and socially safe working environment for all staff, students and collaborators

External engagement

  • To work with the BAS Communications Team and Science Teams to develop partnership with external stakeholders and education institutions to promote and explain the relevance and importance of polar science to the wider community
  • To participate in public engagement programmes, careers fairs, trades fairs, presentations, etc, in promoting the wide range of career opportunities available within BAS

Katy Bates

HR Data Officer, SHARP


Mariella Giancola

Head of HR


James Miller

HR Business Partner


Cassandra Shaw

HR Business Partner


Mariana Contreras De Illingworth

HR Officer, Learning and Development


Natalie Bishop

HR Project Officer - SHARP


Adam Larke

Recruitment Assistant


Sam Wainwright

HR Business Partner

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