The council

About the Institute

The Institute of Anatomical Sciences. Founded in 1984, is a growing international group of Anatomy and Anatomically-related professionals dedicated to sharing knowledge, techniques and practices to ensure informed intellectual and technical expertise in the Anatomical Sciences.

We have an educational programme including anatomical techniques workshops, skeletal preparations, embalming, dissection/prosection and several other techniques/skills unique to our profession. A formal educational qualification, the IAS Diploma provides and ensures a gold standard of expertise expected by Higher Educational Institutions and is accompanied by a Certificate in Anatomical Technology and Science.

In addition to holding two Scientific Meetings a year in the UK and Ireland to update and educate our general membership, there is a journal and a newsletter, which serves to keep the members informed.

Meet the Key Members of the Council:

Steve Jacques


Steve originally trained in clinical medicine at the University of Birmingham, and worked for two years at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in a variety of medical specialties.  Following foundation training he decided to continue the research that he had pursued during an intercalated year and undertook a PhD in Ann Logan and Martin Berry’s lab, where he developed novel gene therapeutic approaches for spinal cord injury.  After his PhD, Steve became an anatomy demonstrator in Birmingham, which he did for a further three years.  He then became Lecturer in Human Biology, Biochemistry and Disease at the School of Biosciences in Birmingham before joining the University of Leicester as Associate Professor in 2016, where he is Head of Anatomy.  Steve teaches all aspects of human anatomy, but has a special interest in making neuroanatomy relevant and appealing to medical students.  Additionally, Steve is actively involved in developing a number of 3D technologies for use in teaching, including 3D printing and photogrammetry. 


Wendy Birch


A Forensic Anatomist, I  have over twenty-five years’ experience working with human remains in varying states of preservation. As a forensic consultant I provide advice on human anatomy and the excavation and identification of human remains, bio-profiling, facial reconstruction and decomposition.

I am course lead for the BSc and MSc module in Forensic Osteology and Anthropology and I supervise project students. Recent MSc projects I have supervised have involved the examination of trauma inflicted on bone by scissors and screwdrivers and the aging of human remains utilizing osteons.

My academic research interests focus on the preservation of human remains, taphonomy and trauma examination, as well as osteology and comparative skeletal anatomy. I am currently researching the development of adipocere and the degradation of tattoos.

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Steve Gaze

Vice Chair

I started working for the University of Bristol in Sept 1980 as a Technician in the Anatomy Department where I continued to work until 2014 when I took my current role. During my 34 years in Anatomy I worked my way to the position of Technical Manager and along the way picked up skills in Anatomical techniques such as Specimen preparation, dissection and prosection, Perspex specimen pot construction, osteological preparation and resin casting of arterial and venous systems in specimens. In 1996 I designed and ran a Workshop in Perspex pot repair, renovation and construction techniques which we have continued to run successfully  each year to date. I was also grateful to get the opportunity to teach Practical Anatomy to Veterinary and Anatomical Sciences students for many years which helped me develop my dissection and prosection skills further.

I have also recently taken up the role of South West regional Network co-ordinator for HEaTED, the Technicians CPD arm of STEM Learning.  


Carys Davies


I am Technical Manager for the Centre for Applied Anatomy, University of Bristol. I started my career in the Centre as a junior technician after completing my BSc , learning a range of technical skills and anatomical knowledge in both Human and Veterinary Anatomy.
I joined the IAS in 2006 and then joined the council as IAS Secretary in 2013.

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Rachel Parrot

Membership Secretary

I started in anatomy in 2003 and instantly found I had an interest in the subject. I was introduced to the IAS by a colleague very early on, and found a network of welcoming people with a wealth of knowledge. I started as a lab attendant in Southampton University, and gradually worked my way to senior lab technician. I moved to St Andrews University Scotland in 2019 as Assistant Prosector, just after starting as the membership secretary.

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Tom Cornwall


I am the treasurer for the IAS and have been a member of the institute since 2013. I currently teach both human and veterinary anatomy at the Centre for Applied anatomy at the University of Bristol. My role before this was as a member of the centre’s technical team, so I also have experience in the running of both human and veterinary dissection rooms. This includes embalming, potting & osteological preparation and a good working knowledge of the HTA. I have helped run the successful potting workshops put on by the IAS with the team at Bristol.

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Stephen Franey

Vice Chair and Meetings Co-ordinator

My areas of scientific  expertise are Histology, Microscopy, & Immuohistochemisty, having originally trained as a Biomedical Scientist. Other areas of expertise include conference management, network coordination and CPD facilitator. I am passionate about training scientific & technical staff in higher and further education, and related organisations across the UK.

I am a Fellow of the Institute of Anatomical Sciences (FIAS); Member of the Institute of Science and technology (MIScT) and a Chartered Scientist

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Sarah Gosling

Journal Editor

I am an Honorary Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Applied Anatomy, University of Bristol, and a freelance consultant zooarchaeologist based in Cornwall. My interests include comparative skeletal anatomy, bioarchaeology, veterinary anatomy, evolutionary anthropology and anatomy outreach. Over the last 16 years I have been a student, technician/prosector and academic/lecturer, all experiences which aid me in my role as journal editor for the IAS.

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Rebecca Norman

Education Co-ordinator

Rebecca's career spans clinical veterinary medicine, teaching and basic sciences; the common thread that binds these different fields together is her love of anatomical sciences. She holds a BSc in Anatomical Sciences (University of Bristol) and a further Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine (Royal Veterinary College (RVC)). After graduating she spent a year working as a vet in first opinion small animal practice in Essex. She then moved to teach veterinary anatomy full-time for four years at the RVC first as an Anatomy Demonstrator and later as an Assistant Lecturer. She now predominantly focuses her time on a PhD Studentship funded by Versus Arthritis (also at the RVC) investigating the early stages of bone marrow lesions in osteoarthritis. She continues to teach on the undergraduate veterinary medicine course and work in small animal practice part-time. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, the arts and Spanish holidays!
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Sarah Nicoll

Education Co-ordinator

As Senior Anatomy Technician at the Royal Veterinary College I am responsible for the organisation and set up of practical classes and examinations in the Dissection Room at the RVCs Camden Campus in North London. I am also responsible for the production of a wide variety of teaching resources through embalming, plastination and osteological preparation.

I am the Technical Manager for the Plastination Suite and responsible for maintaining the collection in the RVCs Lanyon Museum of Comparative Anatomy.

I am an Anatomy Demonstrator during gross anatomy dissections and practical classes across all student cohorts and have a Postgraduate Certificate in Veterinary Education.

I regularly participate in widening participation, outreach and community engagement events such as Sutton Trust Summer Schools and the very popular Night at the Vet College.

I have been a member of the IAS since 2008 and Education Officer since 2015.

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John Ben

Vice Chairman and News Magazine

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Garry Thomson

Public Relations Officer

I have been a member of the Institute of Anatomical Sciences since 2004 . I am the Senior Anatomy Technician at St Andrews University Medical School. This involves setting up for Anatomy practical classes in the Dissecting Lab and embalming whole human cadavers for medical teaching.

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Julian Baker

Website  and Communications

Julian is a hands on therapist, teacher anatomy lecturer to physical therapists and has written two best selling books on manual therapy.  He lectures and teaches all over the world and runs dissection classes for manual therapists that focus on human functional movement and the study of connective tissue. He has been a member of the IAS for seven years.

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