Role & Contact Details Profile
Chair – Michael O’Sullivan
Executive and Operations Director
UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research
Tel: 01 7166705
M. O'SullivanMichael is a skilled professional in the higher education sector garnered through 40 years of managing and operating university teaching and research buildings. He is a career technician having begun his career in the Biology Department of St. Patrick’s College Maynooth, Ireland in 1975 as a trainee technician.
His career progressed through the technical staff structure in Maynooth before accepting a position as Technical Manager in the UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular & Biomedical Research at University College Dublin (UCD). Here, he oversaw the development, staffing and equipping of an interdisciplinary research institute that constituted the largest single investment in Irish bioscience education at that time.
Michael’s current role is as Executive & Operations Director of three flagship Institutes in University College Dublin (UCD Conway Institute, UCD Charles Institute of Dermatology and Systems Biology Ireland) where he is responsible for the efficient operation of these interconnected research centres that explore fundamental mechanisms of chronic disease for novel diagnostic and therapeutic solutions. The Institute serves a population of 500 researchers and industry representatives across 15,000sq.m. of state-of-the art laboratory and support space, and include core technology platforms in genomics, imaging, mass spectrometry and cytometry.
Michael is a graduate of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), University College Dublin (UCD) and The Institute of Food Science and Technology (UK) a Chartered Biologists and a Member of the Royal Society of Biology (UK).
Michael has been a member of UBMA since 1988. Outside of work, he is a keen hillwalker and was active for many years in the Irish Youth Hostel Association (An Óige) organising hostelling and environmental weekends throughout Ireland.
Secretary – Debra Baker
Details to follow
Treasurer – Victoria Talbot
Laboratory Manager
Harper Adams University College
Tel:  01952 815224
V TalbotMy remit is to manage the Princess Margaret Laboratories and its team of nine technical staff. We are an independent, centralised group and our role is to support and facilitate both teaching and research for almost all of our institution’s lab-based activities; a pretty wide remit given that this ranges from soil and other environmental sciences, to animal nutrition, microbiology, entomology, molecular biology, anatomy and physiology (including large farm animals), crop protection and production and animal health. Fortunately, I have a highly skilled and professional team of technicians and together we ensure that classes run and that research is adequately supported. There are also a couple of academic-led research labs in other parts of campus and I have input into those too, providing essential technical back-up and helping to ensure that safety standards are maintained.
Outside of work I’m kept busy with my family (one husband, two children, one dog and two cats). I also enjoy wine-tasting and swimming and as a family we are active members of a local Christian fellowship.
Membership Secretary – Tony Dickson
Principal Technician
Biological Sciences (Teaching)
University of Central Lancashire
Tel:  011772 893506
Tony is the Technical Manager of a busy team of technicians and technical staff at the University of Central Lancashire. Having studied Phys/Pharm at UCLAN, he returned some years later and over the last 14 years has worked his way up the technician ladder to managing a team of over 30 staff, across various disciplines and multiple locations.

Tony is passionate about recognising the skills and contribution of technical staff to the academic experience and has pioneered a programme at UCLAN to gain professional accreditation for all his technical team. He has also established an annual Technical Conference at UCLAN and is one of the theme leads for the Technician Commitment at UCLan. Tony has been a long-time advocate of apprenticeships and continues to support the university-wide apprenticeship through membership of the working group. He also sits on the Biomedical Research Facility steering group. Recently, Tony has become a professional registration champion for the IST.

Tony is also Treasurer of the university branch of Unison and plays an active role in working with University leadership to improve working conditions for staff across all departments.

Outside of work, Tony is a member of the Preston Dragons Dragon Boat team and also finds time to be an active participant in his local Round Table, raising funds for local community as well as spending time with his young family.

Committee Members Stuart Andrews – Coventry University
Jennie Bingham – University of Hull
Alison Hunter – Imperial College London
Anne McMahon – Coventry University
Auditors Mark Cosgrove, Ann Sinnett