Meet the Committee #3 - Josie Maidment

Hi everyone!

The third person to be featured on our Meet the Committee series is Josie Maidment who is one of our Treasurers. She can be found on Twitter @JosieMaidment.

Q: What is your role in the committee and what does it involve?

I’m one of the Treasurers/Fundraising Officers for BSA Norwich. We’ll be keeping track of the branch finances, applying for grants and organising “fun”draising events. 

We strongly believe in keeping our events accessible, so we’ll be working hard to make sure the branch has the necessary finances available to support our events. 

Q: What is your current occupation?

Originally from West Wales, I studied natural sciences at the University of Cambridge, and specialised in plant sciences in my final year – I was really caught by the applications of plant science to benefit farmers across the world. After living in Cardiff for a while, I returned to the East of England and am now a PhD student at the John Innes Centre.

My research investigates protein interactions during rice blast disease, to try to better understand the processes driving susceptibility/resistance and see if we can engineer these to produce more resistant rice varieties.

At the start of this year, I visited the Biosciences for eastern and central Africa (BecA) Hub in Nairobi, Kenya for three months, and worked with scientists from across the region to develop their capacity in molecular biology. 

Q: What do you like doing in your spare time?

I love playing rugby and play for the Lakenham Hewett Ladies team (wing or outside centre). I also enjoy ballet (admittedly a slightly unusual combination of hobbies!) and was president of the contemporary dance society during my undergraduate degree. 

Fun fact: I was a member of my local Young Farmers Club while growing up, and once choreographed a flock of ballet-dancing flamingos for a performance…

Thanks Josie! :)

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