Meet the team

Natalie Kenny founder and CEO of BioGrad

Dr Natalie Kenny

Founder & 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 has been awarded the 2022 Liverpool Women In Business, Woman of the year Award and is nominated for Awards at both the Northern Power Women Awards and the Northern Leadership Awards for 2022.

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 George’s 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.

Natalie Kenny founder and CEO of BioGrad

Liverpool 2021 Awards EVAS, Liverpool Chamber innovation in business, northern leadership awards

Zara Head BioGrad Training Department at Liverpool Science Park

Zara Prowse

Head of Education

Zara leads the BioGrad Training Department here at Liverpool Science Park. Zara gained her BSc in Secondary Science Education with QTS after working in the Leisure Industry as a Duty Manager. During her time in the Leisure Industry and since, she has worked as a Lead Coach for Beth Tweddle Gymnastics among many other posts within Gymnastics and Swimming.  After completing teacher training, Zara worked as a Teacher of Science at various schools within the Merseyside area 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 Training 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 now taken the post of Head of Education and is currently working on 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 programmes.

Dr Swadi BioGrad Senior Scientist. Doctor of Philosophy University of Liverpool

Dr Rasha Swadi


Dr Swadi is one of our lecturers here at BioGrad Training. A Senior Molecular Biologist and Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) who joined BioGrad Diagnostics as a Senior Scientist before taking the post of Lecturer with BioGrad Training in November 2021. Since then, she has been actively involved in tutoring and developing new training courses and sessions.  

Dr Swadi gained her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the University of Liverpool in the field of Translational Medicine with a specialty in Cancer Biology. Her doctorate focused on metastatic childhood Neuroblastoma and the molecular mechanisms behind its aggressiveness and unpredictable clinical behaviour. She has been involved in developing New Therapeutic Programmes for Neuroblastoma – this is pursued through collaboration with clinicians and academic partners.   

Dr Swadi has extensive experience in teaching theoretical and practical courses for national and international undergraduate students and she delivered many successful tutorial sessions for postgraduates over the past five years at the University of Liverpool.   


Dr Nashwa Osman


Dr Osman is one of our lecturers here at BioGrad Training. As a Senior scientist, she joined BioGrad training in 2021. Dr Osman is involved in developing and tutoring various training courses for us. Dr Osman obtained her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in nanotoxicology where the evaluation of polymeric nanocarriers for pulmonary drug delivery was carried out using in vitro cell lines, from Liverpool John Moores University in 2020. Dr Osman finished her postdoctoral research fellowship funded by Bacti-Vac and MRC grants at Liverpool John Moores University, in collaboration with Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, developing vaccines for inhalation delivery using nanocarriers.

Laura Student Services and Safeguarding Officer BioGrad

Laura Kennedy

Student Services and Safeguarding Officer

Laura is our Student Services and Safeguarding Officer here at BioGrad Training. Laura started with BioGrad Diagnostics in July 2021 as part of the Customer Service Team before moving over to the Training 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 Training 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 Training programmes.

Elle BioGrad training Business Administrator

Elle Owen

Training 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 Training as Training Coordinator working towards welcoming students back into our laboratories.

Conner Farmer

Student Liaison Officer

Conner is our Student Liaison Officer here at BioGrad Training. Conner began his career in the hospitality industry from an early age. In 2019, Conner graduated with a BA in Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Management. Being a former Housekeeping and Front of House Manager, Conner uses his skills and knowledge in his everyday work as our Student Liaison Officer for Biograd Training and Exams.

Leon Woods

Marketing Executive

Leon works for BioGrad Training as a Marketing Executive. Having started with BioGrad Diagnostics back in December 2020, Leon started as a clinical administrator, booking and checking in customers who arrived for their PCR tests. In the Summer of 2021, he then transitioned into his current role within our Education Marketing Department. Here, in collaboration with Freya, he monitors and creates content for our social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok.

Leon moved to Liverpool from Coleraine, Northern Ireland for university, where he graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics in 2020. He is looking forward to interacting with the new students coming onto our courses and is excited to be able to get a feel for how BioGrad Training ran pre-pandemic

Freya Buckley

Marketing Executive

Freya currently works for BioGrad Training as a Social Media Marketer. Freya joined BioGrad Diagnostics in June 2020, shortly after graduating from Liverpool John Moores University and has recently transitioned to our education department.

In collaboration with Leon, Freya handles all things Social here at BioGrad Training by creating and posting content on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tik Tok. Freya also takes part and assists Students in their time with us and shares all of the great opportunities online.