Meet the Team

Meet our dedicated HEaTED team and feel free to get in touch with us if you have questions, feedback or concerns about any of the courses or events. 

HEaTED Core Team

Sam Hansford BSc (Hons) CSci MIScT 

Operations and Engagement Manager

I am very pleased and excited to move into the role of Operations and Engagement Manager with HEaTED. It gives me the opportunity to champion the development and career pathway for HE technicians, by working with facilitators for custom designed training courses which focus on the needs of HE technicians. 

I have been in a technical role for over 20 years, working at four Russell Group universities and finally coming full circle back to Sheffield in recent years. I have supported Academic research in the life sciences, horticulture, oncology and clinical trials to HTA & GCLP standard. I was headhunted to work as an overseas laboratory risk management consultant in Mexico and through the Technical Registration system, I became a Chartered Scientist in 2020. I am a member of the Institute of Science and Technology and I have a wide range of knowledge and experience of what it is to be a HE technician. 

Please feel free to contact HEaTED and the NTDC to find out how we can help you with your futures.

Harriet Grant

Administration Officer


Harriet joined the team in 2021 as an integral part of the administrative and operations team.

Harriet brings a wealth of administration experience to the team as well as a customer service background.

As the Administration Officer for HEaTED, Harriet supports all aspects of the operational administration functions and is always happy to assist with your questions and support you in whatever way she can.

Savannah Lawson

Marketing and Communications Officer

Savannah joined the team in 2022 as Marketing and Communications Officer. She is responsible for all things communications, content, material and website across HEaTED and the NTDC. 

Savannah has a background in Higher Education in communications, widening participation and marketing. Savannah studied Marketing at University and loves all things HE and communications! Get in touch with any job vacancies, news and events.