Thursday 15th January 2009 by C. Freeman
A new technician has joined the science department at Brooke Weston; the third to join the team this academic year. Jacqui Coombs was appointed as laboratory manager in August and she was joined by technician, Sharon Hayes. Now Heidi Golby has most recently taken up her post as technician, with long- serving Mike Wilkinson making up the quartet.
Jacqui has previously worked as a science technician and has also studied Food Technology, working as a new product development assistant at Weetabix and as a trainee sensory analyst for a flavour company who supplied Walkers, KFC and Pizza Hut.
Sharon has an interest in plants and studied for a degree in plant biology while Heidi has a biomedical degree and has worked in forensic science. Most recently she managed a waste sorting and recycling business where she underwent training to handle and transport chemicals.
Jacqui and the team prepare the equipment for science lessons and experiments. Jacqui said: 'The challenge of the job is that you have to be adaptable and flexible. It's very in-depth here and the schemes of work really stretch the students.' In her spare time she cycles and has taken part in sponsored cycles around Holland and Cuba, most recently raising money for men's cancer charity, Orchid.
Sharon, who has previously worked as a teaching assistant, studied at Bangor University. She said: 'I love the environment at Brooke Weston and being around scientists again. The students here are brilliant.' Sharon is currently doing a diploma in garden design and she has previously trained as a florist.
Heidi, who has previously worked on the DNA database and in genetics labs is also relishing being back in a laboratory atmosphere. She said: 'After leaving my previous job in the former family business I have decided to go back into science, it's a totally different environment.'