Research, Innovation and Impact Office (RIIO) Staff

Senior Management

Professor David Thomas Interim Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) 2878 / 3119
Dr Garry Reid Director Research, Innovation and Impact Office (RIIO) 2602

RIIO Finance & Administrative

Vacant Clerical Officer

Pre-award Team


Dr Cornelia Thomas Head of Pre-Award 8112

College Research Support Officers

Dr Michelle Jones
(09:30 to 15:00 daily)  
College Research Support Officer, CoESE 3738

Sandra Begley (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)

College Research Support Officer, CoHS


Dr Hazel Robbins
(Monday - 1.30 Thursday)

College Research Support Officer, CoAHB 8142

Project Proposal Costings Team


Clare Williams Project Accountant – Research Funds Manager 2047

Costing Administration

Rachel Roberts

(Monday and Tuesday
08:30 – 17:00

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
08:30 – 14:30)

Pre-Award Costing Officer 3256

European Funding and Horizon 2020 Support

James Goodman Structural and Regional Development Funds Manager 2278
Dr Cornelia Thomas European and International Programmes Manager 8112

REF (Research Excellence Framework) and Impact

Claire Davis Research Assessment Manager
Research Excellence Framework 8518
Dr Saskia Pagella (works part time Monday to Friday) Impact and UKRI Manager 2600
Soo Vinnicombe Project Manager – ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) 8470

Post- Award Team

Non-Structural Funds Projects


Clare Williams Project Accountant – Research Funds Manager 2047

UK Research Councils (AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, STFC)

Eleri Jones Project Finance Officer 8228

UK Government

Healthcare Sciences

Neil Harold Health and Medical Funds Officer 8713

All other Schools

Clare Williams Project Accountant – Research Funds Manager 2047

UK Charities (British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, Royal Society etc)

Annwen Hughes (temporary) Project Finance Officer 2659

European Commission Funding (Horizon 2020, etc)

Gareth Jones Accountancy Assistant 3789

Industry, Overseas organisations and all other sponsor types

Sonia Owen Project Finance Officer 2856

Structural Funds Projects


Ben Davies Project Accountant – Structural Funds Manager 8495

KESS 2 (Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships 2)

Brian Murcutt KESS 2 Project Co-ordinator    2162
Dawn Davies KESS 2 Senior Finance Officer 2846
Iwan Jones KESS 2 Project Clerical Officer 8863

All other Structural Funds Projects

Patrick Lehane Project Accountant 8227
Rose Williams Project Finance Officer 2253
Unfilled/Vacant Project Finance Officer   8482
Kimberley Edwards (Maternity) Clerical Officer 3286
Ariadni Zolota Clerical Officer 8474



Anita Thomas Contracts Manager 8525

Contracts Administration

Unfilled/Vacant Contracts Administrator    

Innovation Team

Bryn Jones

Head of Knowledge Exchange


Kathryn Caine Knowledge Exchange Support Officer 8239

James Goodman

Structural and Regional Development Funds Manager


Gareth Mayhead

Commercialisation and Consultancy Manager


Katie Thomas

Skills Development Manager


Tudur Williams

Business Development Manager (Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and Smart Expertise)


KESS 2 (Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships 2)

Dr Penny Dowdney

KESS 2 Wales Manager


Sandra Lloyd Roberts

KESS 2 Monitoring Officer


Caroline Barton

KESS 2 Project Support Officer


Mererid Haf Gordon

KESS 2 Marketing, Design & Publicity Officer


University Doctoral School

Dr Penny Dowdney

Doctoral School Manager


Aashu Jayadeep

Doctoral School Administrator


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