Alison Simms

Senior Internal Communications Lead

Focusing on internal communications, Alison's role is to support the Sanger Institute by developing and delivering engaging and influential communications, and providing internal communications expertise across the Institute and Campus. Alison's work extends to supporting the implementation of internal projects and change management; in addition to advising, supporting and influencing others to produce great communications.

My personal mission is to ensure that everyone here at the Institute, and at the Wellcome Genome Campus, knows what the Sanger Institute is about – what amazing ground-breaking research occurs here, what incredible scientists and support teams we have; how we support and develop all our staff, provide world-class seminars with distinguished and expert speakers, deliver bespoke training for incredibly specialist roles and have fabulous grounds and facilities. I want everyone here to feel as proud of working here as I do.
Through the various internal communication channels I manage, I aim to encourage a sense of community, and to make it easy for people to collaborate; as who knows what incredible things we can achieve if we just get together and talk.

My role as Senior Internal Communications Lead means that I manage the intranet, coordinating, creating and supporting others to create, content, news articles and general information for staff. In 2017 I introduced a number of digital display screens across the shared communal areas on the Campus. The aim is to highlight to our staff, Campus events, seminars, and talks, as well as celebrating the key successes of our people and teams. Working with an extremely gifted graphic designer, from our talented IT team, we create engaging and informative imagery that captures the attention quickly and effectively. In 2018 we created over 200 images.

I support all the teams across the Institute and wider Campus, helping and advising them on their communication regarding any event, initiative or project that they are organising. It could be promoting World Malaria Day, an Equality-in-Science talk or Distinguished Lecture Seminar, our Career’s day, a call for volunteers to help with our wetlands, celebrating awards given to our faculty and their teams, or sharing updates regarding the expansion of our Campus. Making for a rich, rewarding and never dull life!

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