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Ann Watson

Executive assistant to Professor Andrew Carr

I joined NDORMS in November 2014 as Executive Assistant to the Head of Department, Professor Andy Carr, based at the Botnar Research Centre.  I am responsible for the effective day to day management and smooth running of Professor Carr’s busy academic office.  I provide high level, detailed administrative support for Professor Carr’s varied and extensive professional work and travel. I liaise closely with the Department’s senior management team and organise and service the regular internal Departmental meetings.  In addition, I provide support to Professor Carr’s research projects and research team, the BioPatch and the Carr Group’s clinical fellows.  

In 2019 I organised the first Departmental NDORMS Principal Investigator Away Day held at Worcester College, Oxford.  A day attended by 75 clinicians and research scientists, involving presentations and wider group discussions to better inform and bring together our knowledge community and encourage collaborative working across the multiple disciplines.  In association with the Oxford Orthopaedic Trainees’ Association, I help organise the renowned annual ‘Duthie Day’ conference, a highlight on the orthopaedic calendar.  The research conference for Oxford orthopaedics is attended by trainees and consultants from across the region and includes key note presentations from highly regarded surgeons across the globe.

I have over 10 years’ experience working within Higher Education and the NHS, including the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, part of the Natural Environment Research Council and more recently, the National Blood Service at the John Radcliffe Hospital.  I have project co-ordinated two large programme grant funded projects: a £4.9m NERC funded project to improve prediction & impact modelling to improve short and longer term forecasting of storms and their impacts on catchments and coasts, and the NanoFATE Project, a collaborative EU funded project looking at the effect of nano particles in the soil.  For both projects I organised and helped to run large conferences both nationally and internationally. 

I hold a BSc honours degree in Geography from the University of Reading and a Masters in Spatial Planning & Historic Conservation from Oxford Brookes.  In my free time I enjoy exploring the countryside with my husband & Basset Hound, horse riding, gardening including growing a wide variety of chilli plants, cooking, reading and more recently paddle boarding.