Occupational Health

General enquiries

For general enquiries or to make an appointment, please email occupationalhealth@ex.ac.uk.


The office is based in Hope Hall on the Streatham Campus.

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

Email: occupationalhealth@exeter.ac.uk
Tel: 01392 722666

Karen Markes

Karen Markes

Occupational Health Manager

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.

Streatham Campus, Hope Hall, Room G14

Email: k.markes@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)7866 139678

Karen Griffiths, RGN, RMN, Dip. OH Practice

Occupational Health Adviser

Karen, known as Kaz to colleagues, is an Occupational Health Advisor with 17 years’ experience 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 variety of hospital departments, including A&E, general 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 to managers and employees regarding mental health in the workplace and personal resilience, as well as other health topics.  In her personal life, Karen normally enjoys long walks in the country with her husband and dogs and spending time in her native London to watch West Ham United and spend time with family and friends. Needless to say, these activities are currently on hold. 

Streatham Campus, Hope Hall, Room G13

Email: k.j.griffiths@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)7866 138723

Toni Searl, RGN, PG Dip SCPHN

Occupational Health Adviser

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.

Streatham Campus, Hope Hall, Room G12

Email: t.searl@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)7866 138618

Joanna Hurry

Disability Adviser

Joanna is the staff Disability Adviser 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.

Streatham Campus, Hope Hall, Room G15

Email: j.hurry@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)7866 138617

Erika Morgan

Occupational Health Administrator & Health Surveillance Practitioner

Erika has been working in the HR department at the University since 2015 and has been working in OH since July 2019. Since then she has 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.

Streatham Campus, Hope Hall, Room G18

Email: e.l.t.morgan@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)7866 139677