SLMS Planning and Performance Unit

The Planning and Performance core team provides a strategic and project management capacity to support the academic activities of the School of Life and Medical Science.

P&PU Activities


Planning Cycle

Key Performance Indicators


Policy development

Project Management


Academic Careers Office

P&PU Projects

Working with colleagues across the Faculties, P&PU also undertakes a range of SLMS-wide projects.

Recent examples include:

  • The establishment of Imanova, a joint initiative with the MRC, Imperial and King’s colleges, to share PET imaging technology and services between the partners
  • Working with the Vice-Provost (Research) and CRSC, supporting the development of UCL’s research governance framework
  • Project management support for The Francis Crick Institute, working with UCL partners within and beyond SLMS and with academic and funding partners
  • Working with colleagues in Life Sciences to provide pre- and post-merger support for the integration of the School of Pharmacy into UCL
  • The establishment of the Oxford-UCL Centre for the Advancement of Sustainable Medical Innovations
  • Working with UCLPartners (UCL’s Academic Health Science Centre) on a range of initiatives including the provision of postgraduate training for MDECs students

P&PU Core Team

Andrew Whalley Rebecca Whitham Morgan Williams

Andrew Whalley

Director of Planning & Performance

Rebecca Whitham

UCL Project Manager, Francis Crick Institute

Morgan Williams

Communications Manager

As Director of Planning and Performance, Andrew Whalley leads the PPU team to deliver a range of services to support the academic activities of the four SLMS Faculties. 

These include designing and supporting the strategic planning process, SLMS – UCL governance issues, staffing and estates support for the SLMS and Faculty teams, and leadership on a range of SLMS projects including the Crick Institute, Imanova, the Oxford-UCL Centre for Accelerating Medical Innovation, and FAMIS enhancement.

Becky is responsible for coordinating UCL’s engagement with the Francis Crick Institute, due to open in 2015 next to St Pancras station (for more details about the project visit

She is also responsible for supporting the London AHSC Executive Group, which brings together the leadership from UCLPartners, Imperial AHSC and King’s Health Partners to progress London’s Life Science agenda.

Morgan leads on the implementation of the SLMS communications strategy.

He works closely and in co-ordination with SLMS Faculties, Divisions, Institutes and Domains as well as central Communications and Marketing to share best practice and maximise the impact of communication activities.

Miranda Bell Vanessa Havercroft Louise Stacey

Miranda Bell

PA to the Director of Planning & Performance & PPU Administrator

Vanessa Havercroft

Manager, Staffing & General Administration

Louise Stacey

Office Administrator

Miranda is PA to the Director of Planning and Performance. She is also an administrator for the unit, providing assistance in areas such as office management.

Miranda undertakes various School wide activities such as the organisation of SLMS Board Meetings and Divisional Visits.  Miranda services various working groups and provides administrative assistance for various School projects.

Vanessa leads on recruitment and HR/staffing processes for SLMS-level units (P&PU, Finance Office, and Research Support Centre); supports Faculty level recruitment and advises faculties on clinical academic recruitment and job planning processes.

She has responsibility for the day-to-day management of Maple House Suite 1A (including Health and Safety and estates issues) and services SLMS committees (including HR Board).

Based on the front desk, Louise supports the room booking systems for the office, along with all procurement for the office. 

She is the Secretary to the Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund, she provides support for the Research Domain activities which currently includes assisting with support for internal domain workshops, and support for the ARSC meetings; she is currently assisting with the set up for the Neuroscience Symposium, she will also be Lead organiser of one symposium as yet to be determined.

She is also the support for recruitment and HSAC meetings in Vanessa’s absence.   This is by no means reflects the full remit of duties for her.

Rachel Fishwick Lois Browne Sarah Mackilligin

Rachel Fishwick

EA to the Vice Provost (Health)

Lois Browne

Assistant Administrative Officer to the Vice Provost (Health)

Sarah Mackilligin

Academic Careers Office Administrator

Rachel is Executive Assistant to Professor Sir John Tooke, Vice Provost (Health)

She also supports the SLMS Senior Executive Group, Planning & Performance Committee and Strategy Group and carries out various project work, including for the UCL Medical School Education Consultancy.

Lois is Assistant Administrative Officer to Professor Sir John Tooke, Vice Provost (Health), carrying out a diary management role. She also supports the SLMS Partnerships Board and the SLMS Education Domain Committee. Sarah supports a number of clinical academic trainees including the NIHR Academic Clinical Fellows and NIHR Clinical Lecturers. Through liaison with the London Deanery, Sarah is responsible for setting -up cohort-specific training events and administers the NIHR bursary and MSc training fund.
Anna Hindley Elena Bedisti Susan Gillespie

Anna Hindley

Grand Challenges Studentships Administrator

Elena Bedisti

Academic Careers Office Operations Manager (BRC)

Susan Gillespie

Project and Information Manager

As Grand Challenges Administrator, Anna is responsible for the co-ordination, management and administration of all aspects of the Grand Challenge Studentship programme from recruiting supervisors and students onto the programme and co-ordinating enrolment between the Registry, the Graduate School and individual departments, to working with the academic leads to develop training provision and foster cohesion within cohorts of students. Elena works closely with the ACO team as well as with other administrative, academic/research and clinical staff to provide effective and efficient co-ordination of the work of the ACO. Her main area of responsibility is focused on the NIHR UCL Hospitals BRC. She supports education and clinical academic activities within the BRC focused on experimental medicine. She works closely with support and academic leads in developing existing teaching and training provision associated with the NIHR UCL Hospitals BRC and liaises with academic and support colleagues across SLMS and UCL to develop quality assurance.   Susan is currently overseeing the integration of the School of Pharmacy into UCL. She is also working with the Divisions and Institutes of SLMS to develop metrics to monitor performance and inform strategy development.

The Unit develops and oversees the framework for strategic planning within the four Faculties and their constituent divisions and institutes. The Unit develops bespoke and general key performance indicators to inform Faculty and Institute planning processes. It supports an annual planning cycle that addresses academic ambitions alongside financial opportunities and ensures strategic alignment across Institute, Faculty, School and University levels.

P&PU develops School-wide policies in collaboration with UCL’s corporate support services, reflecting the needs and ambitions of the School’s four faculties. Policies apply in a range of areas such as staffing, health and safety, environmental impact, equalities action planning and business continuity planning.

The Unit also works closely with the faculties and the School Communications Board to develop and implement effective internal and external communications. The Unit sends out weekly internal bulletins, termly newsletters and brochures highlighting key areas of School activity such as Population Health and Experimental Medicine.

Finally, the P&PU includes the Academic Careers Office, whose mission is to promote, support and develop all aspects of academic and clinical academic careers in the School.