Meet The Team

Natalie Kenny founder and CEO of BioGrad

Dr Natalie Kenny

Founder and C.E.O

Dr Natalie Kenny is the founder and CEO of BioGrad. A multi award winner in 2021, Dr Kenny is the current EVA’s Businesswoman of the Year, winner of The Business Desk Top 50 City Region leader for Liverpool and winner of The Business Desk’s North West Investment Award among many other accolades. As well as 2021’s award triumphs, Dr Kenny is also nominated for the 2022 Liverpool Women In Business Social Impact Award and the Northern Power Women Awards in multiple categories.

Dr Kenny has a rich background in scientific research with experience of working in ‘big pharmaceutical’ research for Pfizer as well as research roles for St Georges School of Medicine based in the Amazon Jungle, St John Hopkins Medical School based in Peru and the University of Extremadura in Spain. Her doctorate from Cranfield University is in the field of Translational Medicine with specialisation in ‘New Therapeutics For Rheumatoid Arthritis And Childhood Leukaemia.’ Throughout her already successful career, Dr Natalie Kenny has also had the chance to work on Neurological research in Cambridge as well as Allergy and Respiratory Diseases research in Kent. With a clear ambition to provide gold standard scientific, laboratory and clinical training to the next generation, Dr Kenny has the technical know-how, career, and life experience to really make a difference to the lives of the future’s scientists and clinicians.

Dr McWatt coordinates the BioGrad Examinations Centre

Dr Martin McWatt

Head of Exams

Dr McWatt coordinates the BioGrad Examinations Centre for the Biology, Chemistry and Physics A-level Practical Endorsement courses. He gained his BSc in Chemistry at the University of Birmingham and his PhD in Synthetic Chemistry at the University of Georgia, USA. Following teacher training, he worked as a Science Teacher and Head of Chemistry in international schools in Spain and Chile respectively. He returned to Liverpool to work in the independent schools sector; he has extensive experience as A-level Chemistry Coordinator for the AQA and OCR specifications. Most recently he has been employed in a local sixth form college, tutoring students in their Foundation Year for the University of Liverpool’s degree courses. Martin has worked at BioGrad in his current role since June 2020, and during this time has worked closely with BioGrad Diagnostics to ensure that students and staff on the BioGrad Exams courses have remained Covid safe throughout the year.

Zara lectures in Biology at BioGrad Exams

Zara Prowse

Biology Lecturer

Zara lectures in Biology here at BioGrad Exams. She gained her BSc in Secondary Science Education with QTS after working in the Leisure Industry as a Duty Manager. After completing teacher training, Zara worked as a Teacher of Science at various schools within the Merseyside area where she gained Osiris Outstanding Teacher Award before taking a year out. During this time Zara returned to university to complete a MSc in Public Health Nutrition at Edge Hill University with research entitled ‘Comparison of dietary intake between 16 – 18-year-old female gymnasts and 16 – 18-year-old females in the general population’. Zara started at BioGrad Exams in February 2020 and has taken on many roles since the company adapted to the changing world of COVID-19. These roles included Clinical Services Coordinator and Schools Liaison Manager where she worked very closely with BioGrad Diagnostics to ensure staff and students remained ‘COVID safe’ whilst studying on campuses around the country. Zara has also taken the post of Head of Training and is currently working toward gaining Ofqual recognition to develop learner-centred high-quality qualifications with international recognition for pre-medical students and scientists and developing end point assessments, a new addition to our ever-growing education programme.

Eleanor is an  Assessor at BioGrad Exams

Eleanor Cushion

Biology Assessor

Eleanor is an  Assessor here at BioGrad Exams for the A-Level Biology Practical Endorsement Course. She joined BioGrad in June 2021, on an industrial placement as part her BSc Pharmacology degree from the University of Manchester. During her time here at BioGrad , Eleanor works as a PCR Screening Scientist within the Diagnostics Department as well as with BioGrad Exams. Eleanor has previously worked as a tutor of Maths and English for both primary and secondary education.

Laura Student Services and Safeguarding Officer BioGrad Exams

Laura Kennedy

Student Services and Safeguarding Officer

Laura is our Student Services and Safeguarding Officer here at BioGrad Exams. Laura started with BioGrad Diagnostics in July 2021 as part of the Customer Service Team before moving over to the Exams Department. Before joining BioGrad, Laura lived in Greece working as a School Coordinator in a refugee camp. The main focus there was creating safe spaces and developing students social-psycho wellbeing through language classes and recreational projects. One of her biggest challenges whilst working in Greece was trying to find ways to continue services safely online during the pandemic with no Wi-Fi connection and only mobile phones to connect the students.

Laura attended university in London where she studied International Development & Youth and Community Studies. After that, Laura moved to Manchester to work on a national youth summer programme, ensuring all inclusion and medical logistics were in place. Laura says the highlight of this was getting to spend the summers on the outward-bound and university stays. Laura is excited to be part of the team here at BioGrad Exams as this is the first time she has been back working in Liverpool for a long time. She is looking forward to meeting and supporting our students through their BioGrad Exams programmes.

Elle BioGrad Exams Business Administrator

Elle Owen

Exams Coordinator

Elle began working at BioGrad in October 2017 as a Business Administrator whilst working towards her Level 3 Business Apprenticeship. On successful completion of her apprenticeship, Elle was promoted to Marketing and Events Coordinator. As part of this, Elle took on the responsibility of booking medical and science events including schools events such as careers talks and open days. Elle also coordinated various BioGrad social media platforms as well as running BioGrad student groups and interacting with students. Elle is now working with BioGrad Exams as Exams Coordinator working towards welcoming students back into our laboratories.

Connor BioGrad Exams Accommodation and Funding Administrator

Conner Farmer

Accommodation and Funding Administrator

Conner is our Accommodation and Funding Administrator here at BioGrad Exams. He is responsible for ensuring all students have a home from home whilst studying at BioGrad and completing their practical endorsements. Starting as a Commercial Administrator with BioGrad Diagnostcis in April 2021, Conner recently had the opportunity to re-enter accommodation services with BioGrad Exams and he admits he had missed it.