Meet the SWWDTP team

Tamar Hodos – Director

Tamar leads and champions the SWW DTP programme across the Consortium as a whole and liaises with UKRI/AHRC on relevant matters of policy. She chairs the Programme Delivery Board, the Studentships Awarding Board, and the Student Forum, and she attends the Management Board. 

Tamar is a Mediterranean archaeologist whose research lies at the interface between material, visual, and literary cultures. She undertakes archaeological fieldwork and spearheads post-excavation interdisciplinary scientific analyses via a range of methodologies. She also has a performing arts background (she is a concert pianist). As a result, she understands directly the variety of research skills, approaches, methodologies and practices undertaken by SWW DTP students.  In addition, she holds a civic position in Bristol, where she chairs the city’s Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE), a statutory body of Bristol City Council to support the delivery of RE in Bristol’s schools. Through this, she engages with EDI matters to promote equality and protection in teaching/learning and educational contexts. She serves on the University of Bristol’s Free Speech Academic Advisory Group and also on Senate. Collectively, these experiences enable her to work effectively with colleagues from across the Consortium to ensure that our DTP provides the very best support for its students throughout their doctoral programme and enables them to achieve their ambitions afterwards. 


Chantelle Payne, Manager

Chantelle is responsible for providing operational leadership and management to the DTP and is the main point of contact regarding operational policy and collaboration. Chantelle has worked in Higher Education, specifically within collaborative projects for 9 years and prior to this, worked in relationship management in the private sector in both finance and Software As A Service. When not working, Chantelle can be found enjoying downtime with her small son and when she gets the chance, reading.


Luke Thornberry, Hub Administrator

Luke provides administrative support to the SWW DTP programme activities, acting as a contact point for students and colleagues within the consortium and for potential applicants to the programme.  

Luke brings a wide range of experience within the Higher Education sector to the role, having previously held positions at the University of Bristol, University of Reading, and Oxford Brookes University. Luke is an occasional runner, and can be spotted training around Bristol, but is equally content curled up with a book and a mug of hot chocolate. 


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).