Support team

Silvia Bortoli - Communities Engagement Manager

Silvia Bortoli is Communities Engagement Manager for the Wellcome-funded Translational Research Exchange @ Exeter (TREE). Her main role is to role is to support the early engagement of the public and other relevant communities (including charities, patient groups, academics, clinicians and industry) with TREE research. She acts as initial point of contact for engagement with the public and relevant communities. She works to develop and strengthen links with relevant individuals, communities and groups who have an interest in engaging with, and shaping new, research opportunities. Silvia manages TREE’s public engagement group, and has oversight for TREE’s Public Engagement with Research funding scheme. Silvia also sits on the University of Exeter’s Public Engagement Strategic Advisory Group (PEG), and has recently taken on leadership of work to develop an approach to including external members as part of PEG.

If you have any questions about how to get involved, get in touch with Silvia or call 01392 727472

Prior to joining the team, Silvia worked at the University of Exeter Medical School supporting the meaningful involvement of families with disabled children in the research activities of the Peninsula Cerebra Research Unit. Before moving to Exeter in April 2017, Silvia worked for several charities, policy institutes and think tanks in England and Belgium.

Liza Cheshire - Research Administrator

Liza joined the Centre in January 2017, having relocated to the South West in 2016.

She oversees the administration for the centre. Her background is as an Office Manager and Executive Assistant, having worked in a wide range of industries including Housing, Regeneration, Architecture and Fashion.

Liza’s role is to provide admin support for the centre day to day and to support the leadership team, steering group and research fellows in the administration of their projects, and promoting the Centre within the University and the wider community.

Kerry Hope - Research Centre Coordinator

Kerry coordinates projects and events for the Translational Research Exchange @ Exeter group, working closely with Chrissie and Liza to support researchers based at the Living Systems Institute in Exeter.

Coordinating and reporting on a range of activities including funding cycles, partnership management and community engagement work, Kerry is responsible for identifying outputs and impact delivered by the group’s projects.

Drawing on a diverse production and marketing background in the education, charity and private sectors, Kerry explores opportunities to expand the QBME network and promote collaboration across the University and beyond.