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MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit



The MBU’s Wellbeing, Inclusion, Diversity and Equality (MBU WIDE) Committee represents all staff groups across the Unit, and the MBU’s various Equality, Positive Culture and Wellbeing Champions at the School of Clinical Medicine. You can contact us here.

Objectives of the MBU WIDE Committee

The main objectives of the MBU WIDE committee are:

  • To ensure balanced representation of the various views and experiences of all staff groups at the MBU.
  • To ensure that everybody feels included by creating an environment and research culture that allows everyone to thrive, free from barriers to entry, participation and progression. Diversity in background, experience and opinion is supported, respected and perceived as inspiration and a start for dialogue.
  • To raise awareness about the University’s Dignity @ Work Policy and provide staff with the appropriate resources, in case they receive or witness inappropriate behaviour (e.g harassment, bullying, discrimination etc).
  • To provide guidance to people that seek advice for wellbeing or face mental health issues.
  • To organise events, courses and activities to create equal opportunities and promote career progression.
  • To organise and retain a mentoring scheme for ‘’near-peer’’ advice on career progression and opportunities, alternative professional pathways, guidance on practical matters (grant applications, job interviews etc) and scientific discussion.
  • To have a robust system of prospective data collection about wellbeing, equality and diversity in the different staff groups and seniority levels in order to allow critical reflection on our practices and to provide objective impact measures on our policies.
  • To organise annual surveys, in order to monitor progress, evaluate the impact of implemented changes and give a voice to any underlying issues.

Committee members

Jelle van den Ameele
Jelle is a group leader in the Unit, and chairs the WIDE committee. He is a positive culture champion at the Clinical School, has three young children, and cares about creating an open, supportive and inclusive research culture in his lab and across the Unit.

Andrew Raine
Andrew is the Head of IT in the Unit. He believes it is essential that the Unit continues to develop a supportive and inclusive environment so that all members of our community can enjoy contributing to the world-class research undertaken here.

Edmund Kunji
Edmund is a group leader in the Unit and he is passionate about this subject as he believes that we need the talents of everyone to solve the difficult problems in science.

Hannah Bridges
I am Hannah, an Investigator scientist and Wellbeing Advocate in the unit, and I think it is important to encourage and empower people to prioritise their health and happiness, and that of their colleagues.

Hiran Prag
Hiran is a Post Doc in the unit and is keen to help support the development of a working environment that is inclusive and equal for all to thrive.

Irina James
As the Unit Manager (i.e. Departmental Administrator) I provide reporting support to the committee and, having been at the MBU since 2004, I have a good understanding of the Unit and the way a scientific organisation like ours works with its many complexities and demands.  I provide continuity of experience and an oversight of the Unit based on my unique position.

Lindsey Van Haute
I'm Lindsey, postdoc/staff member in the Mitochondrial Genetics group. I'm an equality champion and one of the creators of the MBU PostDoc Society.

Lyuba Bozhilova
Lyuba is a bioinformatics postdoc in Patrick Chinnery’s group. She joined the MBU WIDE committee in order to contribute to the MBU community and to learn more about ED&I and good practice.

Penny Peck



Stephen Burr
I am a postdoc in Patrick Chinnery's group and I am keen to promote wellbeing, inclusivity and equal opportunity for everyone working at the MBU.

Vasiliki Mavridou
I am Vasso, a PhD student in the mitochondrial transport processes group. I am interested in creating a positive and inclusive environment, where everybody feels welcome and has the opportunity to thrive.

How are we doing?

We are keen to receive feedback and suggestions and welcome anyone who would like to join our meetings and activities. Don’t hesitate to send us an email, or talk to us in the corridor.