Meet the SWWDTP team

Professor Patrick Finglass – Director

SWW DTP Academic Lead. Directs and champions the SWW DTP programme across the Consortium as a whole. Chairs the Programme Delivery Board and attends the Management Board.

Patrick is Henry Overton Wills Professor of Greek and Head of the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Bristol; before coming to Bristol in 2017 he was Professor of Greek at the University of Nottingham, where he served as Head of the School of Humanities and of the Department of Classics. His research interests are in ancient Greek drama and lyric poetry and the transmission of the Greek classics from antiquity down to the present day. He has been President of both the Bristol and Nottingham Classical Associations, and his work has been funded by awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, of whose Peer Review College he is a member. Having supervised seven doctoral theses to successful completion as primary supervisor, he is greatly interested in supporting PhD students on their intellectual journeys, and as Director works with colleagues across the SWW DTP consortium to ensure that the SWW DTP programme is providing the very best support for its students throughout their work on their PhDs.


Graham McLaren, Manager

Graham is joining the Partnership as Interim Manager for the next twelve months or so while the Manager, Chantelle Payne is on maternity leave.  He will act as the SWW DTP operational lead, responsible for the overall operation of of the DTP including the development of operational strategy. Until very recently Graham was an academic historian and active participant in the Partnership as a tutor. His background has been as a historian of art and design with a particular interest in the history of ceramics and glass. More recently his research has also included the areas of art and design ethics and the history of art and design education. His most recent book, Creating Spaces: The History of the Bath Schools of Art and Design 1853-2020 was published in early March.

Sarah Williams, Hub Administrator
Sarah has primarily worked in the Higher Education sector since 2009, most recently managing the Professional Services Team with the University of Lincoln, School of Computer Science and supporting the strategic needs of the School’s Leadership Team, before joining the SWW DTP in December 2019. Sarah is a Member of the Institute of Administrative Management (MInstAM).


Anona Williams, Training & Collaboration Facilitator

Anona joins the SWWDTP team from the School of Accounting & Finance at the University of Bristol where she was working as their Research Manager. Prior to this, she was based in the Faculty of Arts as the Research, Events and Communicatinos Coordinator. Anona has worked alongside many researchers across a wide range of specialism to deliver events with impact, publicise research and ensure that funding opportunities aren’t missed. She has also some experience of working outside of HE in the BBC’s Natural History Unit as well as for Dyson in their Communications team. Outside of work, Anona is a bit of a film fanatic and also enjoys hiking and attempting to make pottery!


Katy Henson, Digital Marketing and Communications Officer
Katy came from a background in business. She spent most of her career working in marketing for publishing and events companies around the globe. After returning to the UK and taking a number of years out to be a full time mother, she re-skilled as a social media manager specialising in social media advertising and has worked across a wide range of industries promoting events, courses, services, charities and products. She works part-time for the SWW DTP and spends the rest of the time on providing her services on a freelance basis. Katy has the Chartered Institute of Marketing Advanced Certificate (CIM); the Association of Data-driven Marketing and Advertising (ADMA) (Australia) Digital Marketing Certificate; Strategic Social Media Marketing Management training with Digital Mums; and Facebook Advertising training with Emma Van Heusen Adcelerator Group (UK) and Facebook Ads that Convert (FATC) training programme (New Zealand).