The most difficult aspect of the changes ING is going through is that several
of our personnel have left or will be leaving ING. These colleagues have
helped building ING and played a role in delivering the service to the community.
As a consequence of these changes, both Michael Simpson and Rachael
Miles recently left ING.
Theresa Dorward, working in the administration group, is now finding
fortune elsewhere, whilst Betty Vander Elst joined this group on a
part-time basis. We’re very pleased that Chelo Barreto has returned
to her original post after a three-year tour to work at the Joint Astronomy
Centre on Hawaii.
Begoña García and Johan Knapen came to the end
of their tours and returned to their home institutes in Tenerife and Hertfordshire,
respectively. Last year, a new support astronomer, Pierre Leisy, started
work at ING under the agreement with the IAC. Also joining the astronomy
group as a short-term EU-funded Marie-Curie fellow has been Ilona Soechting.
Two engineers joined ING, also under the IAC agreement: Andy Hide
will lead the Telescopes and Instruments group, while Olivier Martin
will become primarily responsible for looking after the telescope systems.