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Joan Ward, MBA, FIST, Finance Officer/Deputy Chair, IST

Joan Ward, MBA, FIST, Finance Officer/Deputy Chair, IST

MBA, FIST, Finance Officer/Deputy Chair, IST

Having started her career as a trainee technician at the University of Manchester, with minimal science qualifications, Joan spent over 30 years working at the University, occupying a number of roles, eventually becoming a School Laboratory Manager. After having spent 10 years in this role she moved across to a finance management role, being responsible for the integration of a number of finance offices into a centralised Faculty Finance and Research Grants Unit. During her career at Manchester she gained a BA (Science) and an MBA via the Open University.

After spending several years consolidating the new integrated finance/research grants unit, and helping to roll-out the model to other faculties,  she took early retirement to set up her own consultancy company, which she continues to run today.

Having joined the IST during her time as Lab Manager she continues to support the work of the Institute as Finance Officer and Deputy Chair. During her time with the IST Joan was part of the team that obtained funding for, and facilitated the setup of HEaTED, which now falls under the umbrella of the NTDC (National Technician Development Centre). She was also heavily involved in the IST team that secured a Science Council Licence for the award of CSci, RSci and RSciTech registration. Joan has a strong commitment to the development of technical staff career opportunities and the enhancement of  the professionalisation of the technical community, and this is exemplified in her support for a variety of initiatives that work towards those aims. She is currently on the Board of Trustees of both the National Technician’s Development Centre and the Science Council.

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