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Dave Banfield


Technical Services Manager

Upon completion of an electrical apprenticeship, I worked in industry for ten years, engaged in electrical and mechanical maintenance and installation, welding, maintaining steam boilers, and servicing compressed air systems and refrigeration plants. After a year of travel, I spent five years with an agricultural research institute at times acting as Farm Manager, supervising a team of trades people and farm staff. My duties included design, maintenance and developing scientific equipment, machining ferrous and non-ferrous metals and plastics, and welding and fixing using arc, TIG, brazing and gluing methods. I spent a year involved in electrical appliance repairs, electrical subcontracting and milking cows before moving to the UK. Upon arrival in Oxfordshire, I began what has become a long association with the University, starting work with the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory as part of a lab services team in November 1994. Following that, I joined the School of Geography, initially as a workshop and field work technician, helping to run the buildings, electrical testing, and maintaining field equipment, and assisted with the running of field trips. I completed an undergraduate diploma in computing with the University and formally became part of the Geography IT team. Along with its associate departments, Transport Studies and the Environmental Change Institute, Geography formed the Oxford University Centre for the Environment (OUCE). In 2005, we moved together into to a refurbished building, the Dyson Perrins Building in South Parks Road and I moved to a facilities role, and managed the new building along with the OUCE administrator. I resigned in 2007 and spent a year mostly in Australia visiting family. Upon return to the UK, I secured a position with the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics on the Old Road Campus as their senior building technician. I was seconded to the Botnar in January 2013 and was offered the position of Technical Services Manager in March of that year. Along with my excellent team of Alan, Nick and Fryad, we are responsible for Botnar facilities such as goods-in, liquid nitrogen, telephones, security systems, furniture, laboratory equipment servicing, autoclaves, glass washing, cold rooms, meeting rooms, cryogenic storage, -80 freezers, electrical testing and compressed gases. I am your first point of call in relation to maintenance of the building and changes to the rooms and laboratories. I am your Fire Officer and your Security Liaison Officer, working in conjunction with Oxford University Security Services, and apparently I am also your Deputy Health and Safety Officer.

Apart from work, I enjoy cooking and travel. I have travelled widely throughout Australia and north and south east Asia. I have varying success growing vegetables in my allotment. I was weaned off the lager many years ago and enjoy the delights of English real ale. As a musician, I currently play in a band, playing bass guitar and privately play piano at home. As a result of travel through Asia and Europe, I am able to say hello and thank you in about twelve languages, struggle in basic French, Italian and Indonesian, remembering how to ask questions but unable to comprehend the answers.

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