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The office is currently closed during Covid-19.

Occupational Health Service
University of Exeter
Hope Hall
Prince of Wales Road
Exeter EX4 4PL

Meet the team

Karen Markes, BA (Hons), RGN, BSc (OH), SCPHN (OH), MSc (OH Psych), Occupational Health Manager

Remote Working

Phone: +44 (0)7866 139678

Karen is the University Occupational Health Manager. She has worked in Occupational Health for 25 years in a diversity of Occupational Health settings including the NHS, light industry, R&D and 9 years at the University of Oxford prior to coming to the University of Exeter in 2012. Karen has a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature, a BSC in Occupational Health and an MSc in Occupational Health Psychology. She qualified as a Registered General Nurse in Exeter and her family live in our lovely West Country in Devon, Cornwall and Dorset.

Karen Griffiths, RGN, RMN, Dip. OH Practice, Occupational Health Advisor

Streatham Campus, Hope Hall, Room G13

Phone: +44 (0)1392 723136

Karen, known as Kaz to colleagues, started her Occupational Health career in 2003 and has worked in a variety of OH settings, including heavy industry, local authority and higher education. Prior to her OH career, as a dual-registered nurse in general and mental health nursing, she spent many years working in a range of hospital services, including A&E, medical/surgical and acute psychiatry, both in the UK and abroad. Karen is particularly interested in the relationship between work and mental health. Her OHA role includes the delivery of training on mental health in the workplace, personal resilience and other wellbeing topics. In her personal life, Karen enjoys long walks in the country with her husband and dogs, and visiting her native London to watch West Ham United and spend time with family and friends.


Annette Nowill, RGN, SCPHN (OH), Occupational Health Advisor

Remote working

Phone: +44 (0)7866 138723

Annette trained as a nurse at Bart’s and specialised in Occ Health by doing an Advanced Diploma in Occ Health at the University of Surrey. Skills learned on this course were first of all consolidated at a company of re-insurance brokers in the City of London helping to implement the D.S. E. regulations in the days when computers were first introduced into offices! Since then, Annette has enjoyed the variety that a career in Occupational Health has to offer and has worked with Fire Fighters; train drivers; food manufacturers (cheese; custard; puddings…) and NHS workers. Variety is the spice of life!

Annette enjoys keeping fit in her spare time by cycling; swimming and dog walking. She also enjoys choral singing and playing the piano.

Tamsin Hart, BSc, RN, SCPHN (OH), Occupational Health Advisor

Remote Working

Phone: +44 (0)7866 138901

Tamsin trained as a general nurse at Guy's Hospital and moved into Occupational Health when she got a job working at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Tamsin has since worked in a variety of Occupational Health settings mostly in the United Arab Emirates where she was living for over 20 years.  Her experience includes working in large multinational organisations which have included Ship Building and Ship repair and most recently leading the Occupational Health team at Emirates Group. Tamsin relocated back to the UK in 2021 and lives with her family in North Devon where they are enjoying spending time on the beautiful beaches surfing and cold water swimming!


Joanna Hurry, Disability Advisor

Streatham Campus, Hope Hall

Phone: +44 (0)7866 138617

Joanna is the staff Disability Advisor providing information and support for any member of staff with a disability or condition that has an impact on them at work. Joanna has a MA in Occupational Psychology and has spent her professional life working in the field of disability and employment both in Canada and in the UK. Joanna feels passionately about disability and equality. She specialises in providing practical advice and guidance to support people with disabilities at work. Joanna has lived experience of disability and has been a carer for several years.

Erika Morgan, Occupational Health Admin Lead & Health Surveillance Practitioner

Streatham Campus, Hope Hall

Phone: +44 (0)7866 139677

Erika has been working in the HR department at the University since 2015 and has been working in OH since 2019. Since then she completed training to become a Health Surveillance Practitioner. She has also undertaken training in Mental Health First Aid as well as Mental Health training run by the University. Erika has a BA (Hons) in English, loves to read and get out in her garden with her husband and son.

Toni Searl, RGN, PG Dip SCPHN, Wellbeing Manager

Remote Working

Phone: +44 (0)7866 138618

Toni has been working at the University of Exeter as an Occupational Health Advisor since 2015, and has been working in Occupational Health for the last fourteen years. She qualified as a registered general nurse in 1994 and qualified as a paramedic in 1998. Toni moved to New Zealand with her partner in 2004 and began her experience in Occupational Health in 2006, initially working at Christchurch Hospital on the South Island. While working, Toni completed a post-graduate diploma in public health in 2007, specialising in biostatistics and epidemiology. Toni moved back to the UK in 2014 and completed her post-graduate diploma as Specialist Public Health Nurse specialising in Occupational Health in 2017. Toni is a keen outdoor enthusiast, she enjoys lots of outdoor activities including running, sea kayaking and cycling.