Management Operations


The Sanger Institute is research led and this means the Management Operations support teams are inclusive in their approach to planning and decision making. We strive to be evidence based and make management decisions that are timely and transparent.

People from very different backgrounds and professional areas of expertise come together in Management Operations, with our world-leading researchers and colleagues in Science Operations we make the Sanger Institute a successful place to work.

Many of our teams support the overall operation of the Wellcome Genome Campus. This is a broad and challenging set of responsibilities and to achieve this, Management Operations has adopted a top-level objective to help structure the support we provide:

"To work creatively, collaboratively and transparently in an environment of mutual respect with staff and entities on the Genome Campus to ensure we provide highly effective support, infrastructure and services in the most cost-effective way."

Core team

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Alison King

Personal Assistant to the Director

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Dr Cordelia Langford, FRSB

Director of Science Operations

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Steve Palmer

Director of Communications

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Ms Maggie Payne

Chief Financial Officer

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Mr John Sillitoe

Head of Surveillance Operations

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Charlie R Weatherhogg

Human Resources Director

Previous team members

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Genny Kiff

Previous Interim CFO

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Henry Parkinson

Former Head of Legal

Related groups



Wellcome Genome Campus

Management Operations is responsible for the services, facilities and H&S across of the Wellcome Genome Campus. The activities of the Sanger Institute and EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute are at the core of the Campus. Also supported is Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science. Finally, we have opened the first Biodata Innovation Centre on Campus to help drive our agenda to support translation and enterprise around genomics and biodata.


Wellcome Trust

Many senior managers in Management Operation work closely with their counterparts at the Wellcome Trust. Where possible we work synergistically whilst recognising that the Sanger Institute and Genome Campus have their own specific requirements, driven by the nature of our research.