Meet the team Meet the team

The department currently employs one part-time senior clinical lecturer, one full-time lecturer, one part-time senior lecturer,  one full-time technician and two part-time technicians.


Academic Staff

Andrea Figus

Richard Haywood, MBBS FRCS (Plast)

Clinical Senior Lecturer in Anatomy

Richard is the head of Anatomy and brings important clinical relevance to the anatomy team and teaching. He was an undergraduate at St Thomas’s, London, and trained as a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon throughout the UK. He was appointed as a Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in 2005. His broad surgical training and reconstructive practice covers all areas of  surgical anatomy and, with his passion for teaching, was delighted to be able to take up the post as Clinical Senior Lecturer in Anatomy at UEA in 2017, whilst continuing his clinical work at NNUH. 

Richard’s clinical work covers reconstructive microsurgery, breast reconstruction, complex perineal reconstruction, skin cancer and trauma. He is a member of BAPRAS Council and was previously Clinical Director of the Plastic Surgery Department and Chairman of the Surgical Division at NNUH. He has over 40 publications in peer review journals and is a regular international speaker. 

Outside of medicine, Richard can be found playing about in his garden with his grown up tonka toys (tractors, logsplitters, chainsaws) or looking for golf balls in the rough – as he is rarely see on the putting green itself!


Sue O'Connor

Senior Lecturer in Anatomy and Facility Manager

Sue is joint Anatomy Theme Lead, Joint Lead for Student Selected Studies in Anatomy for years 1-3 of the MBBS course, and Anatomy Theme Lead for Foundation Year SSS. She is involved in development and delivery of anatomy seminars for years 1-5 of the MBBS. She also leads development of anatomy seminars within Health Science courses and is currently involved in expanding our postgraduate teaching profile.

As manager of the anatomy facility, Sue is responsible for ensuring all activities fulfil the terms of the licence granted to us by the Human Tissue Authority under the Human Tissue Act (2004).

In 2004 Sue won the annual Marjory England dissection prize at the Institute of Anatomical Sciences Annual Autumn Conference and the prosection was also published in McMinn’s Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy.

Previously, Sue has held supportive roles within Anatomy at Norwich Medical School, and worked as a state-registered biomedical scientist in histopathology after gaining an Upper Second Class BSc Biomedical Science (HONS) degree from DeMontfort University, Leicester.

In her spare time, Sue enjoys spending time with her young family and three cats and supporting local cat rescue charities.


Paul Dansie

Paul Dansie

Senior Lecturer in Anatomy

Paul is Deputy Lead for years 2 and 3 of the MBBS course. He is Joint Anatomy Theme Lead and Joint Lead for Student Selected Studies in Anatomy for years 1-3 of the MBBS course. He also teaches anatomy to all five years of the medical course, postgraduate Health Science courses, and surgical training courses. Areas of particular interest include embryology and neuroanatomy. 

Paul regularly participates in the 'Hanno Boon dissection masterclass' at St George’s University, Grenada, where he produces highly skilled prosections for use in the masterclass and publication in McMinn’s Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy. 

Paul studied Medical Laboratory Science at Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, and initially worked in pathology there before moving to University College, Cork, as Prosector in Anatomy. He became laboratory manager and tutor in Cuschieri Skills Centre, Dundee, before joining Norwich Medical School as a lecturer in 2010. 

In his spare time Paul enjoys spending time with his young family and travelling.


Charlie James

Charlie James

Full-time Anatomy Lecturer

Charlie was recently promoted to lecturer after being part of the technical team since February 2013. He is involved in demonstrating anatomy and is involved in all aspects of anatomy teaching. He is a trained medical artist and creates teaching resources, both digital and physical, in anatomy. He has an interest in developing art within Anatomy teaching, a subject which he produced a publication on in June 2017.

His education and training include a First Class BSc (HONS) in Human Anatomy and Cell Biology from the University of Liverpool, an MSc in Medical Art from the University of Dundee, and ATP Module 1 - Limbs (advanced anatomy and teaching module run by the Anatomical Society).

Outside of UEA, Charlie works as a portrait artist and has nine caps for the England Deaf Rugby Team (now happily retired).


Support Staff

Ami Thomas

Ami Thomas

Anatomy Lab Co-ordinator

Ami joined the team after gaining an Upper Second Class BSc (HONS) Biological Sciences from UEA. She now combines technical work and prosection with demonstrating and teaching. She assists with the administrative aspects of running the anatomy facility as well as developing teaching resources for MBBS and Physician's Associate courses. She is responsible for co-ordinating activities within the Anatomy facility including taught programmes and external courses. 

Ami achieved a Distinction in ATP Module 1 - Limbs (advanced anatomy and teaching module run by the Anatomical Society). 

In her spare time, Ami enjoys spending time with her young family, playing netball and running.

 Anita WilliamsonAnita Williamson

Full-time Anatomy Technician

Anita has worked at UEA since 2002 and has spent the last seven years working in the Anatomy Department in a technical role. She is responsible for preparation and maintenance of teaching materials and the licensed facility, and assisting with administration of the body donation scheme.

Anita also provides technical support for anatomy seminars, and has a role in recording student attendance and ensuring appropriate conduct within the licensed facility in accordance with the terms of our licence issued by the Human Tissue Authority under the Human Tissue Act (2004).

Outside of UEA, Anita has many interests including photography and walking her dog, Poppy.


Jasmine Downes 

Part time Anatomy Technician

I joined the anatomy team in early 2018 after working in the NHS as a sterile services technician for 3 years. As an assistant anatomy technician, I help to set up and provide technical support for seminars, as well as helping to maintain the facility, equipment and specimens/cadaveric material.


In my free time I enjoy drawing, photography, knitting and astronomy, and volunteering within Girl guiding.



Helen Sayer

Anatomy Bequethals Secretary

Helen has worked in an administrative role in UEA since 2003 and in the Norwich Medical School since 2005. In 2017 she took on an administrative role for the anatomy team to assist with the increasingly popular body donation scheme.

Helen’s role is to answer enquiries from the public regarding body donation, which includes giving advice on how to donate and to speak to recently bereaved individuals regarding a loved one’s donation offer. She works closely with senior members of the team to ensure that the process of body donation runs smoothly and efficiently.

In her spare time, Helen enjoys collecting tattoos, attending gigs/music festivals, spoiling her 3 cats and actively supporting and campaigning for local cat rescue charities.