HR team

Our ambition

To attract, develop, motivate and retain the most capable people in furtherance of our strategic objective of delivering world class, innovative science within the international Polar community. Fundamental to ensuring we attract and retain the best people is the need to maintain our national and international reputation for scientific, operational and engineering excellence.

Our aim is to promote BAS as an equal opportunities employer and embed a positive culture of accountability, flexibility and team working within our workforce. We hold the nationally recognised Investors in People (IIP) Silver Standard accreditation and are active members of the Athena Swan gender diversity programme.

Team priorities

  • Attracting, developing and retaining the most capable people
  • To develop and promote fair and transparent recruitment practices aligned with BAS and NERC strategy
  • To provide a learning and development framework for all our staff aligned with our strategic objective and which enable each individual to fulfil their potential
  • To develop and sustain an inclusive culture, underpinned by the PRICE values, which provides strong leadership and fosters collaborative team working
  • To develop fair and transparent reward and recognition practices which motivate all our staff to achieve their full potential

Learning and Development priorities

  • To nurture our talent in developing our organisational capability to meet current and future needs
  • To maximise the capabilities of all our staff for mutual benefit through investment in learning and development programmes which meet both individual’s and organisational goals
  • To participate in NERC wide leadership development programmes and to facilitate breadth and depth of managerial and leadership experience
  • To promote research studentships through active participation in NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) initiative. Studentships are seen as vital to maintaining our strong research groups and project teams and thus to the achievement of key aspects of our vision and mission

Equality and Diversity

  • To promote flexible and family friendly working arrangements for the mutual benefit of all employees and in line with organisational staffing needs
  • To maintain a culture of fairness and transparency throughout our recruitment and selection processes
  • To attract a wider variety of external applicants from diverse cultural and ethnical backgrounds both nationally and internationally
  • To develop an inclusive culture where equality is promoted and supported through continued participation in the Athena Swan accreditation programme and diversity is valued

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 work of BAS to an external audience
  • To work with the BAS Communications Team to embed science communications and public engagement to all our staff across the organisation

Katy Bates

HR Data Officer, SHARP


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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