Bruce Daniels

Administration & Operations Manager

Role summary

Bruce is responsible for all aspects of the administration and operation of the Institute including long-term strategic planning and providing support and infrastructure to the Director.

Ensuring the administrative underpinning of and support for a leading research environment, Bruce advises senior staff on the planning and implementation of new developments linked to financial, administrative and research strategies, and leads a talented and dedicated team of 40 professional support services staff.

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Bruce Daniels LLB DipLP BTh

Bruce is a lawyer by original training, having studied Business Law at Coventry University before completing his Legal Practice course in 1994. He joined Marshall of Cambridge as an in-house lawyer, working on a range of cases and contracts supporting all aspects of the company’s work.

His first role within the research community was as Principal Administrator of the Strangeways Research Laboratory (now part of the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge), an independent charitable research Institute. Initially home to 50 or so research staff, over the twelve years Bruce was there it quadrupled in research staff, physically doubling in size through construction projects, housing high-throughput genotyping facilities and groups focused on cancer genetic epidemiology and heart disease.

Bruce then moved into a completely new vocational area training and taking up a post as a Baptist Minister. Working in pastoral ministry in the local community he also had the exciting opportunity to work as one of the Academy Chaplains at a Premier League football club for three seasons.

Leaving ministry Bruce returned to the Higher Education research environment taking up positions initially as a Finance Coordinator and latterly as Director of Operations of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre. Responsible for the strategic management and operations of Cancer Research UK’s largest cancer centre, Bruce oversaw its £110m grant portfolio and day-to-day running.

Bruce joined the Gurdon Institute in August 2020.