Staff Forum members

Staff Forum comprises of up to 22 Employee Representatives and 2 Employer Representatives covering 4 constituencies: Schools, Academic and Governance Services, Estates and Functions. We meet colleagues on a monthly basis.



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Employee Representatives in 2018

Employer Representatives

Sam Foley

Chief Financial Officer

Samantha Foley has a BA Joint Honours Degree in English Literature and American Studies and she is a chartered accountant fellow of CIPFA . Samantha was previously the Director of the Government Finance Academy, where she was responsible for the creation and leadership of a new Academy providing high quality learning, development and talent management to circa 14,000 government finance professionals. Prior to that, she was the CFO for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and has held other senior finance leadership roles across Whitehall. She initially trained as an auditor with the National Audit Office.

As Chief Financial Officer at Reading, Samantha has responsibility for managing the University’s finances, investments and business support, together with the provision of other services such as commercial activities and procurement. She is also a key member of the University Executive Board, with a particular responsibility for staff engagement.

  • Sam is a co-chair of the forum.

John Brady

Director of Human Resources

I am a member of the Staff Forum in my capacity as Director of Human Resources. Encouraging good and effective employee relations is one of my professional responsibilities and the Staff Forum is one very useful avenue for promoting this.



Employee Representatives

James Magee

Associate Director, Technical Services

I joined the Staff Forum in 2014 and knew it would become something special. Its success is wholly due to the commitment, genuine respect and engagement everyone brings. All Employer & Employee Representatives share a passion to improve working life at the University of Reading. That’s why I’m still volunteering.

  • James is a co-chair of the forum.

Representing: Academic Schools


Steve Guest

Building Support Officer, Campus Services.

  • Steve is a co-chair of the forum.

Representing: Estates

Dawn Turner

Executive Administration Manager, Meteorology; School of Mathematical & Physical Sciences; Faculty of Science.

I joined the Staff Forum in 2014 as an employee representative for colleagues on grades 1-5.  I wasn’t sure what to expect but soon realised that the senior management in the university were genuinely interested in getting feedback from employees across the university and receptive to the representatives’ input during consultation on policies and new projects.  I have thoroughly enjoyed being involved in various project groups since I joined and I feel that I have been able to make a real contribution in this way, as well as in supporting colleagues through difficult times.  Working in the wider university and understanding wider issues that affect all of us has been a valuable experience to me. I think that the University of Reading is a great place to work and I have been really encouraged by all of the thought and effort that colleagues at all levels put into maintaining and improving the working experience at Reading for everyone. I am really pleased that the SF was expanded earlier this year to include communication and support for people on G6+, as I think it is a great resource for everyone.

Representing: Academic Schools

Dawn Turner

Bob Rastall

Professor of Food Biotechnology, Food and Bioprocessing Sciences.

Representing: Academic Schools


John Jack

Senior Studio and Workshop Technician, Technical Services.

Representing: University Functions

John Jack

Siân Walsh

Executive Administration Officer, School of the Built Environment.

Representing: Academic Schools

I joined the Staff Forum in March 2018. I saw the advertisement on the Staff Portal and thought it would be a great opportunity to get more involved in the university community. I am keen to be involved in maintaining and improving the working experience for all colleagues. Joining the Forum has been a great way to meet colleagues from other departments and areas across the university. I have also learnt a lot more about what resources are available for staff on campus.

Dana Allen

Executive Support Administrator.

Representing: Academic Schools

Emma Marshall

Receptionist, School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences.

Representing: Academic Schools


Emma Marshall

Lisa Powles

Occupational Health Administrator

Representing: Functions

I joined the Staff Forum at beginning of 2018, having only been at the university six months.  Shortly after I join the university the results from the staff survey were published and being new I was really interested in how I could help build on the working experience for all colleagues.  I also felt it was a great way to get involved with colleagues from other departments I would not normally have a chance to work with.


Catherine Fleming

Accommodation contract Management Office Administrator.

Representing: Estates

Rezwanur Jaigirdar

Postal Services Assistant

Representing: Estates

Greg Goddard

Operations Manager

Representing: Campus Commerce

Nicola Hall

Senior Analyst Programmer

Representing: Academic and Governance Services

Ellen McManus-Fry

Prospect Research Officer

Representing: University Functions

Jude Brindley

Health & Safety Coordinator

Representing: University Functions

Marina Aidoni

Programme Administrator, Support Centre.

Representing: Academic and Governance Services

Sarah Hinton

Programme Administrator.

Representing: University Functions

Jack Paulley

Student Complaints and Discipline Officer

Representing: Estates