Career Panel

Presenting our Career Panellists:

Shaping Futures: Doctoral College Conference,

University of Surrey, 22-23 June 2021.


Dr Sarah Campbell

CEO, Play Well For Life

Dr Sarah Campbell is a psychologist and game designer. Her PhD work, conducted at Surrey, used music to study autobiographical memory and emotions, and the relationship between physiological and subjective emotional responses. Within her PhD she developed a music-based listening intervention to improve emotion regulation, and went on to receive funding to develop it into a technology solution.


Since completing her PhD, Sarah has worked as a post-doctoral researcher on assistive media co-production projects since 2018. Her post-doc at University of Southampton involved an interdisciplinary project creating a serious video game to help children with chronic conditions transition to adult healthcare services. She then returned to Surrey and her post-doctoral research in the Digital World Research Centre saw a move to Human-Computer Interaction research, exploring how sound can be used for reminiscence in a home setting for people with dementia and their family members. In 2020 she created and led a 6-week, project-based learning experience for 150 students from 21 different countries for TEDI-London. Students worked in multi-disciplinary, global teams to co-design dementia-friendly prototypes with people with dementia and industry. Sarah developed strong, global networks with organisations supporting older adults during this project, and was an invited speaker at Alzheimer Disease International’s conference in December 2020. Sarah supervises clinical doctoral students at Royal Holloway University. 

Hydrogeologist at British Geological Survey 

Jade is a Hydrogeologist, Chartered Scientist (CSci) and Chartered Water and Environmental Manager (CWEM, MCIWEM), passionate about solving water and environmental issues. Her work focuses on groundwater quality and supply, environmental monitoring, microbial contamination of drinking water supplies and water resource management.  

Her PhD research was completed in collaboration with the British Geological Survey and the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Her research investigated novel approaches for detecting microbial contamination in drinking water in Africa.


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Jade now works for the British Geological Survey as a hydrogeologist, on a range of groundwater and water resources projects.  Jade has recently completed an Academic Fellowship with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST, UK Parliament), writing a briefing on water resilience and climate change for parliamentarians. Before starting her PhD, Jade worked as a consultant hydrogeologist for four years at Mott MacDonald, where she gained her chartership.  


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Dr Sara Dicerto

Service Manager for Analysis and Evaluation

Sara Dicerto has a PhD in Translation Studies. After having worked for 2 years for two EU-funded research projects on interpreting, she moved first into secondary school teaching and then into local authority work. Currently, Sara heads a data and research team at Surrey County Council in the area of children and family services. Her areas of work cover health and wellbeing, special educational needs and disabilities, early years, early help, family resilience, corporate parenting and domestic abuse, making for a varied and interesting workload that allows her to contribute her qualitative, quantitative and system thinking experience towards the improvement of outcomes for children and young people in Surrey as well as their families.


Achilleas is the founder of ARCUS NEWS, an AI driven-publishing platform allowing businesses and academics to generate productive and sustainable business networks through the medium of communication. Before ARCUS NEWS, Achilleas founded 4Delta Group, a technology company developing e-learning content for digital engineering skills (CAD and 3D Printing). Achilleas have also been a technical and business advisor in various startup projects including, air-quality monitoring, IoT wearable devices and heath-tech apps. He also holds a post-graduate student mentoring position at the University of Surrey (UoS).


Prior to his entrepreneurial activities, he was a higher research scientist at the National Physical Laboratory, investigating and leading advanced nanomaterial materials projects in a variety of industries. Achilleas is an Aerospace and astronautics engineering graduated (Kingston University, 2006), and a postgraduate in Nanomaterials (Imperial College London, 2007) and Ionizing Radiation (UoS, 2008). He also holds a Doctorate in Advanced Materials (UoS, 2012).