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Head of Department & Heads of Sections

Head of Department: Professor Kevin Talbot
Head of the Centre for the Prevention of Stroke & Dementia: Professor Peter Rothwell
Head of the Division of Clinical Neurology: Professor David Bennett
Acting Director of the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit: Professor Peter Magill
Head of the Nuffield Division of Anaesthetics: Professor Andrew Farmery
Head of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology: Professor Russell Foster
Director of the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging: Professor Heidi Johansen-Berg

PA to Kevin Talbot: Helen Johnson 
PA to Russell Foster: Toria Summers ext 34637

NDCN professional services Team

The Department is supported by a central professional services team based on Level 6 of the West Wing. 

Head of Administration and Finance: Scott Thomson ext 34782

Committees and working groups

Our committees and working groups play key roles in the Department’s governance. Service on these groups is not only an important component of individual professional development, but also a mechanism for members of the Department to share unique perspectives and expertise on a broad range of issues.

NDCN is a large, diverse department, and these groups help amplify the voices of all members of our community. Senior leadership value and rely on reporting from committees and working groups as one mechanism to ensure a wide range of views are considered, and that high level decision making is inclusive, reflecting the needs of all.

Committee/Working Group (with PDF Terms of Reference) Chair

Senior Management Group

Members: Olaf Ansorge, Chrystalina Antoniades, David Bennett, Holly Bridge, Susan Downes, David Dupret, Andrew Farmery, Russell Foster, Michele Hu, Heidi Johansen-Berg, Peter Magill, Karla Miller, Kyle Pattinson, Peter Rothwell, George Tofaris, Ben Seymour, Louise Silver, Stephen Smith, Charlotte Stagg

Kevin Talbot

Strategy Group

Members: Scott Thomson, David Bennett, Andrew Farmery, Russell Foster, Heidi Johansen-Berg, Peter Magill, Peter Rothwell 

Kevin Talbot

Finance Committee (PDF)

Members: Scott Thomson, Paul McNulty, Kevin Talbot, Deirdre Newman, Kate Attfield, Aarti Jagannath, Peter Watkinson, Huiling Tan, Stuart Clare

George Tofaris

People and Culture Committee (PDF)

Members: Karla Miller, Steve Smith

Ben Seymour and Charlotte Stagg

Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team (PDF)

Members: Carol Delamere, Mandy Tseng, Bernd Taschler, Sasha Panagiotidis, Sara Mazzuco, Wenchuan Wu, Deirdre Newman, Helen Higham, Jacqueline Pumphrey

Ben Seymour and Charlotte Stagg

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group (PDF)

Members: Carol Delamere, Maddie Welland, Beatriz Silveira de Arruda, Claire Bratley, Linxin Li, Jaideep Pandit, Melanie Alexis-Butler, Hayriye Cagnan

Karla Miller

Research Culture Working Group (PDF)

Members: Carol Delamere, Lynn Ossher, Beatriz Godinho, Stuart Peirson, Annina Schmid, Alex Clark, Doug Crockett, Vivienne Collins, Helen Barron

Stephen Smith

Clinical Neurosciences Society (PDF)

Members: Niki Andrew, Lily Su, Helen Johnson, Dominik Fisher, Andrea Nemeth, Alice Clare, Susan Field

Vacant (committee activity suspended until Autumn 2022)

Health and Safety Committee (PDF)

See list of members

Kevin Talbot

Graduate Studies Committee (PDF)

Members: Simon Kyle, Lampros Bisdounis, Eve Rakiec, Alistair Webb, Annina Schmid, Hayriye Cagnan, Nathalie Voets, Sumathi Sekaran, Kyle Pattinson

Chrystalina Antoniades

Engagement and Impact Committee (PDF)

Members: Niki Andrew, Jacqueline Pumphrey, Yin Dong, Rachel Sharman, Martin Turner, Elizabeth Hill, Martyn Ezra, Mary Sneade, Carinne Piekema, Catherine Wheatley

Holly Bridge
Green Impact Team (Join Microsoft Team with code d2ay5jp) Niki Andrew

Open Data and Information Governance Working Group

Members: Louise Silver, Karoline Wartolowska, Rafal Bogacz, Raja Jayaram, Scott Thomson, Ben Micklem, Duncan Mortimer, Stuart Clare, Andreas Themistocleous, Cassandra Gould Van Praag

James Lee

NDCN MAIN Committee/Working group Structure


Graphic showing committee structure. If you require an accessible version, contact