meet the team
Chris grew up and was educated in Australia and then embarked on a career which has seen him living in four of the Rugby Six Nations. In his day job he lectures Physics and researches fundamental particles such as quarks which make up protons and neutrons, and hence 99% of the known universe. Away from work, he enjoys running, cycling and generally being outdoors in and around the beautiful Swansea and Gower beaches.
deputy director, creative
Will is a physicist whose research area is in fast lasers, so fast that they can effectively take “videos” of chemical reactions. He is also very keen on schools outreach projects, co-running Swansea University’s Science for Schools Scheme (S4) and complements his scientific studies with an interest and aptitude in art.
deputy director, operations
Tanya works at Swansea University as a Project Officer for Oriel Science. Prior to joining the university, she was a stay-at-home Mum with three children and volunteering as a teacher's assistant. She moved to Swansea at the end of 2013, having spent the previous 13 years living and working in New York City, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Her career began in London managing a client services group for a global financial services firm. In 2000 she transferred to their corporate headquarters in New York City to run a combined team due to a merger. Tanya plays netball, and is a qualified Assistant Netball Coach for a local junior netball club.
Emily grew up in Bristol, where she lived until moving to Swansea to study Physical Geography in 2016. Having an undeniable passion for the outdoors means that Emily loves to go hiking around Wales, more specifically the Brecon Beacons. She also enjoys using her creative skills to draw, paint and crochet!
Born and brought up in Neath, Sandra is a qualified teacher with experience in managing science departments in comprehensive schools in both England and Wales. For a number of years she worked closely with our outreach teams bringing school parties to our Singleton and Bay campuses before joining the Oriel team in 2019. Her main hobbies are outdoors, including camping, walking and gardening. She volunteers with a local history group promoting local heritage and helping to maintain the grounds of a listed monument.