Autumn Conference 2018 Speakers

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Mrs. Jennie Shorley

Jennie is Associate Head for Research and Knowledge Exchange in the Faculty of Business and Law at Manchester Met, working to strategically develop innovative research and knowledge exchange initiatives, including major funded programmes. She is the faculty’s academic Impact Lead, and works to develop strategic links between the faculties of Business and Law, and Science and Engineering. She led the Centre for Enterprise to secure over £10M of funding for business growth and innovation support for small firms.

Opening Plenary

Prof. Trevor McMillan

Professor Trevor McMillan became Vice-Chancellor of Keele University in August 2015.

Before moving to Keele as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost in January 2014 he was Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research at Lancaster University, where he led several major academic developments and was the lead for many partnerships with other Universities and external organisations in the UK and abroad. Prior to being PVC at Lancaster Professor McMillan was Dean of the Institute of Environmental and Natural Sciences and Head of the Department of Biological Sciences.

Professor McMillan was educated at Birtley Lord Lawson Comprehensive School before studying biological sciences at Lancaster, graduating in 1981. He was awarded a PhD in Biophysics at the Institute of Cancer Research, University of London in 1984.

His early research was carried out at the Institute of Cancer Research/Royal Marsden Hospital and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. A radiation biologist, Professor McMillan has published widely on the use of X-rays in radiotherapy and the harmful effects of long wavelength UV radiation in sunlight. In particular his research has examined the role of DNA damage and repair in the efficacy of radiotherapy and the harmful cellular effects of UVA following environmentally relevant exposures.

On the basis of his research, Professor McMillan has worked on several national committees that have examined the harmful effects of radiation in the environment. He has been awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists and Honorary Membership of the Royal College of Physicians. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

He has taught at all levels in Universities and to medical professionals around the world on the biological basis of cancer treatments.

Currently, he has a national role as Knowledge Exchange Champion for the Higher Education Funding Council for England. As part of this Professor McMillan has recently published a report on technology transfer from universities, the recommendations of which are to be implemented by government.

Plenary

Mr. Chris Barkey

Chris is currently the Chief Executive of the Henry Royce Institute, the UK’s national institute for advanced materials. Following a £235m UK government investment, the Royce was set up to ensure the UK is able to exploit its current word-leading expertise in advanced materials – providing a bridge between academia and commercial realisation.

Previously, Chris worked for Rolls-Royce plc, joining in 1987, and thus enjoyed a 30-year career in a variety of engineering roles, reaching the Company Executive as Group Director, Engineering & Technology. In this role he was responsible for engineering across the portfolio of civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine, nuclear and power systems businesses. Prior to this, Chris had been Director, Engineering & Technology for Civil Large Engines, Chief Operating Officer for Engineering and Technology and Executive Vice-President for Engineering &Technology in the Energy business.

After leaving Rolls-Royce in July 2017, Chris utilised his experience and knowledge advising Private Equity with Due Diligence on industrial companies prior to investment, consulting directly with companies on technical issues and engineering strategy, and providing insights to the investment community on markets, technologies and trends.

Chris has an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA with Distinction. He is a Chartered Engineer and was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2017, the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2016 and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in 2000.

Dr. Julie Bayley

Dr Julie Bayley is the Director of Research Impact Development at the University of Lincoln. She is an impact specialist and HCPC Registered Chartered Health Psychologist, with over 15 years’ applied research experience. Julie is the ARMA Impact Special Interest Group champion, a member of the Professional Development Committee member and leads ARMA impact training. She is currently commissioned as Emerald Publishing’s Impact Literacy Advisor and works with a range of funders to strengthen impact planning and governance. Julie is collaborating on a range of activities to develop impact literacy across the research sector.

Prof. Mark Boyle

Mark Boyle is a Scottish trained human geographer (BSc Geography First class Hons from the University of Glasgow in 1988 and PhD in Geography University of Edinburgh 1992) who worked from 2003 to 2007 at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow as Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in Geography and from 2007 as Professor/Chair of Geography at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. From Aug 2007 to Aug 2012 he served as Head of the large and lively Department of Geography at Maynooth and from 2013 to 2016 as Director of the interdisciplinary National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analyses (NIRSA) at Maynooth. He has served as a Leverhulme Research Fellow and as an Isaac Manasseh Meyer Visiting Fellow (IMMF) at the National University of Singapore.
He is author of 2 books, has edited 7 special editions/sections of international peer reviewed journals and has published over 70 scholarly papers and reports (including 40 in international peer reviewed journals). His research focuses upon on cities, regions, and rural places; their struggles to develop in the context of global economic restructuring and more recently after the global economic crash; the social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental challenges they face, and; the role of public policy in addressing these challenges. He also has a research interest in migration and questions of settlement and integration in Global North cities.
Since 2015, he has served as the National Contact point for Ireland for the Urbact III programme. Funded by ERDF, URBACT’s mission is to enable cities to work together and develop integrated solutions to common urban challenges, by networking, learning from one another’s experiences, drawing lessons and identifying good practices to improve urban policies.
Mark is moving with his family to the big city of Liverpool from the tiny village of Straffan in County Kildare in Ireland! Born and bred in Glasgow, he sees similarities between Liverpool’s deindustrialisation and regeneration and subsequent experience of the crash from 2007 and the devastating impacts of austerity. Dwelling in Ireland he is acutely sensitive to the impact of the geographical concentration of economic activity (be it Dublin or London) on other cities and Brexit geographies, not least Brexit’s differential impacts on different regions and cities.

Alice Frost

Alice Frost is responsible for knowledge exchange policy and funding at Research England, having previously had this responsibility at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

After studying politics at Oxford University at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, Alice began her career in national policy. She was an adviser at The Leverhulme Trust and Universities UK, working on research policy and funding. She also worked as a researcher with the House of Commons Select Committee covering education and research, before joining the Advisory Board for the Research Councils (ABRC). At ABRC her responsibilities included liaison between the research councils and the then universities funding body and research into science and innovation policy.

At HEFCE, Alice had a wide-ranging set of policy roles, heading, at different times, policy, funding and quality assessment for research, learning and teaching and knowledge exchange.

On secondment from HEFCE, she experienced research strategy in a university and led a local/regional university collaboration.

Over many years, Alice has advised countries across Europe and Asia on following the UK model of a third stream of funding for knowledge exchange. Recently, she has specialized in commercialization policy.

Session A1

Dr. Kirstie Cochrane
Session Chair

Kirstie is currently acting as Deputy Director for Enterprise at the University of Essex following her appointment as EIRA Director in 2018. As Deputy Director for Enterprise, Kirstie is the lead for all of the knowledge exchange and business engagement activity and aims to further develop commercialisation of the University's excellent research. Previously, Kirstie led the Connecting Capabilities Fund grant that was awarded to the University of Essex in 2018. The Enabling Innovation: Research to Application (EIRA) project is based around the Eastern Arc consortium of the Universities of Essex, Kent and East Anglia and now covers 7 HEI’s in the East of England. Prior to this role, Kirstie was the Knowledge Exchange Manager for Life Science at the University of Essex, looking after business development and engagement, the IP portfolio and technology transfer activity. Kirstie has previously worked at King’s College London where she was Business Development Manager with a focus on health-related research; and from 2005 – 2008, Kirstie worked at the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control as a microbiologist and then in their commercial development function.

Dr. Dan King

Dan joined Research Consulting in May 2018 and leads work in research development, partnership and knowledge exchange.

Prior to joining Research Consulting, he was Director of Partnerships, Local Engagement and Commercial Services at Nottingham Trent University, establishing a new team supporting partnerships with business and other employers.

Between 2001 and 2017 he held a number of roles at the University of Nottingham leading teams supporting research, knowledge exchange and strategy across the University. Roles included Acting Director for Research Enterprise and Graduate Services and Head of Business and Local Partnerships.

He is passionate about the role research and Universities have in developing places – and has working closely with civic and economic development partners. This includes roles as Director of the University of Nottingham Innovation Park management company, advisory input into the local governance committees for the 2007-2014 ERDF programme and 2014-2020 ESIF programmes and management of business grant schemes.

Prior to 2001, he worked in research business development at the University of Warwick and in research funding administration with the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

He has a PhD in Civil Engineering (University of Nottingham) and post-doctoral research experience in the monitoring of coastal defences on the south coast (University of Brighton).

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Dr. Robert Singh

Rob is the Deputy Director in the Research and Enterprise Office at the University of Essex, responsible for KE. He has worked in KE for over 10 years, previously at the University of Hull, where he focused on commercialisation, having worked with IP previously within a patent attorney firm.

Rob has a background in life sciences, having obtained PhD in biochemistry from University of Bristol then research positions at the University of East Anglia focusing on cardiovascular disease. Whilst at Hull rob completed an MBA and is currently Director of Essex Spin-out Metrarc Ltd, Essex Chambers of Commerce and The Colchester Business Enterprise Agency.

Mr. Mark Wheddon

Mark Wheddon leads the programme delivery team for the University of Derby’s Invest to Grow scheme. Provided as a part of the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, Invest to Grow offers loans and grants to companies across the East Midlands to support projects that have significant potential for increased economic growth and can create additional private sector jobs. The funds can be used in the development of new products and services or to meet a company’s aspiration to expand their existing operations. To date the scheme has supported the creation of nearly 1,260 new jobs and the University anticipates that up to 1,870 new jobs will be created across the East Midlands by companies supported by the fund.

Session A2

Bryn Jones
Session Chair

Bryn is the Head of the Knowledge Exchange at Bangor University where he leads the team delivering business - academic collaborations. Based in the Research and Enterprise Office, Bryn has over 15 years’ experience of implementing a range of collaborative programmes including award winning KTPs and the ESF funded Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship Programme (KESS), which supports collaborative PhD and Masters with SMEs in the West Wales and Valleys convergence region.

In his current role, Bryn is responsible for providing a ͚front door͛ to business enquires at Bangor across a broad portfolio of activities encompassing enterprise, innovation, regional development and skills. Bangor͛s approach is based on ͚Putting Knowledge to Work͛, with a diverse range of private, public and third sector partners and delivering support focused on inspiring innovation, improving performance and promoting sustainability.

He previously sat on the Council of AURIL and is also a former chair of the Welsh Industrial Liaison Officers Group (WILOs). A fluent Welsh speaker he received an Exec MBA from Bangor University in 2012.

Dr. Lisa Braniff

Lisa Braniff has worked within the Research and Development team at Invest Northern Ireland since 2009. She currently manages Invest NI’s Competence Centre programme. Competence Centres promote economic growth by bringing together universities, research institutes and innovative businesses to carry out strategic collaborative research in areas with a direct industrial focus.
Lisa completed a PhD in electronic engineering in 2006 and worked for four years as a researcher and part-time lecturer in Dublin City University focussing on advances in nanoelectronics.

Dr. David Corkery RTTP

David is Operations Manager at University College Cork where he runs the day-to-day operations of the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT). His role is to ensure the smooth operation of the various processes that make up the services of the office to the university and to support the wider role of the OTT and indeed the Office of Vice-President for Research and Innovation in the overall innovation and research agenda of the university.

David has over 15 years in Technology Transfer in UCC; previously a Marie Curie Research Fellow (Microbiology). He has expertise in TT Operations and Academic-Industry interface.

Mr. Henry Whorwood

Henry leads Beauhurst’s Consultancy team. He is an expert on business finance and has worked on briefs for clients including the British Business Bank, Penningtons Manches, Syndicate Room, and Innovate UK. Henry regularly gives presentations on market trends at events around the country. He studied Classics at the University of Oxford.

Session A3

Ms. Leanne Kenyon
Session Chair

Leanne is Marketing Executive for PraxisAuril as of October 2020, helping to Develop, Promote and Connect knowledge exchange professionals.
Leanne was previously Senior Knowledge Exchange Coordinator at the University of Hertfordshire, working with businesses and academics to build partnerships and collaborations through consultancy, product development and researching new technologies.

Leanne has worked on many schemes supporting commercial collaborations including KTP, KEEP+ and the University’s own Hertfordshire Science Partnership.

Leanne is also doing a PhD in Occupational Psychology, investigating creativity and innovation in organisations.

Lesley Chater

Lesley leads the Knowledge Transfer Team at the University of Kent and is involved in developing a wide range of university-business collaborations and alliances including Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP). Prior to her current role she worked in the Partnership Development Office of the University and pioneered a very successful initiative to raise aspiration and achievement in secondary schools. She also forged successful links and progression routes for students and adults as part of two national widening participation programmes. Lesley has worked in the finance sector in HE programme development and project management and spent many years as a teacher and tutor in secondary and tertiary education. Currently, she works closely with her Team to highlight the benefits of enterprise activity within the University community and helps to facilitate the application of research to solve business problems. Lesley enjoys the challenge of working at the interface of academia and business and fostering long term sustainable partnerships.

Dr. Martin Davies

Martin leads the Business and Innovation Partnerships team at UCL. The team works with large firms and SMEs in key sectors to forge major, institutional-level business partnerships that will extend UCL’s research into new areas and lead to new innovations with industry.

Martin has spent more than 25 years working on business-university collaborations as a researcher, academic, innovation specialist, and director of university research and enterprise teams. He's also been involved in business development in health and biosciences, business incubation, managing major economic development projects in London and setting up his own spin out companies in the biomedical sciences sector.

Martin is a PraxisAuril board member (immediate Past Chair), and previously Chair of, AURIL - the Association for University Research and Industry Links. He originally trained in chemistry and has a first degree and PhD from Imperial College London.

Dr. Siobhan Dennis

Siobhan Dennis has an academic background in Neuroscience, with an MBiol from the University of Bath and a PhD from the University of Bristol. Subsequently she began a career in industry with a post doctorate position in early phase drug discovery for a multinational pharma working in the area of neurological disorders. Siobhan then moved away from lab-based roles into Alliance Management within the industrial imaging R&D sector concentrating on academic relations and collaborations throughout the EU. Other areas of expertise include experience in early phase digital R&D project development for medical applications, including exploring business models, planning market research and incorporating user experience design into early phase ideas and Proof of Concept (POC). Currently Siobhan works for the Medical Sciences Business Development and Industry Partnering team to aid development of industry engagements across the Medical Science Division at Oxford University.

Dr. Lisa Hill

I am the Innovation Development Manager for Translate. My role is focused on project management, including governance, performance management, and evaluation of the programme. I am also responsible for developing our approach to enhancing innovation capability through, for example, training, secondments, and mentoring schemes.

I have 17 years’ experience in the higher education sector, having previously held a number of senior research management positions at the UK Research Councils (1999-2008), including Head of Evaluation at the AHRC. More recently, I worked in research management at the University of Bristol (2009 -16), including as Research Development Manager for the Faculty of Science. Before taking up the role of Innovation Development Manager for Translate, I was based in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Bristol, where I was Project Manager for the highly successful £2m NERC-funded CREDIBLE project (2012-16).

Ms. Beata Szoboszlai

Beata Szoboszlai is Head of Academic Engagement at the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC).Her overarching responsibility lies in developing and implementing programmes and maintaining strategic working relationships with universities working in the Intelligent Mobility (IM) area. Her role includes building, communicating and executing an Academic Engagement Strategy to grow UK industry and employment in TSC’s key strategic areas, to enable engagement with academic stakeholders, direct research activities and maximise the industrial exploitation of the research outputs. This helps the UK IM community grow faster and solve industry challenges; to create better products and services and gain access to new markets.

Session A4

Dr. Steve Hillier
Chris Lambert

Chris has been working in knowledge exchange for over fifteen years and is currently a Programme Manager based in the Engineering Department at Lancaster University. Chris partners with all sizes and types of organization to deliver mutual benefits and has a long-standing affinity with ERDF to support collaborations. Chris leads on in-curricula student projects with industry for the Engineering Department at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Dr. David McBeth

Dr David McBeth is York’s Director of Research & Enterprise. David leads R&E, which provides all central services to Research, Knowledge Exchange (KE) and Enterprise - including Research Strategy & Policy, Research Development, Pre- and Post-Award Grant & Contract Management, and Enterprise Services such as Commercialisation, CPD and Local Economic Development. Prior to joining York in 2019, David was Director at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Over 15 years in post, he contributed to unprecedented growth in Strathclyde’s Industry research income via creation of Industry-led R&KE Centres and led the development of Strathclyde’s commercial investment approach to new company formation and growth across the spectrum of staff, student and alumni enterprises. Strathclyde remains in the UK Top 10 for Company Creation and continues to be cited as an exemplar for UK best practice for industry engagement in Research. Prior to becoming Director at Strathclyde, David was Deputy Director/ IPR Manager, having previously led Edinburgh Napier University’s Research Office and had a successful early career in the UK Chemicals Industry in R&D and Production Management roles. David originally trained as a Chemist with first degree and PhD qualifications from the University of Glasgow.

Rob McKay

Rob McKay MA BSc(Hons) SFHEA FCMI is the project manager for the Keele Research and Innovation Support Programme. Rob joined Keele in early 2017, after six years at Staffordshire University running the executive and professional education service in the Faculty of Business, Law and Education. Prior to this he spent a decade in economic development and regeneration, working in both local government and a regional development agency. Rob has worked on a wide range of business support, inward investment and skills development programmes.

Ms. Alison Mitchell

Alison joined Sensor City as Executive Director in 2017, previously she was Chief Information Officer at BT Business and helped to transform the telecom giant’s products, services and technical delivery.

Sensor City is an innovation hub specialising in Internet of Things and sensors. It is a community of sensor related companies from many different sectors coming together for events, office space and use of the impressive labs. The labs consist of a mechanical, electrical, optics and software labs. each with specialist equipment and resources for IoT companies to use. It is a joint venture between University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University. It is a not for profit company limited by guarantee.

Mr. Donal O'Herlihy

Donal O'Herlihy established O’Herlihy & Co. Ltd in 1998. He specialises in strategy, innovation and technology commercialisation consultancy services and has worked at management level with the UK’s leading universities, firms and public bodies. He is a recognised Knowledge Exchange specialist and has reviewed approaches throughout the UK in addition to Europe and USA.

Session B1

Bryn Jones
Session Chair

Bryn is the Head of the Knowledge Exchange at Bangor University where he leads the team delivering business - academic collaborations. Based in the Research and Enterprise Office, Bryn has over 15 years’ experience of implementing a range of collaborative programmes including award winning KTPs and the ESF funded Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship Programme (KESS), which supports collaborative PhD and Masters with SMEs in the West Wales and Valleys convergence region.

In his current role, Bryn is responsible for providing a ͚front door͛ to business enquires at Bangor across a broad portfolio of activities encompassing enterprise, innovation, regional development and skills. Bangor͛s approach is based on ͚Putting Knowledge to Work͛, with a diverse range of private, public and third sector partners and delivering support focused on inspiring innovation, improving performance and promoting sustainability.

He previously sat on the Council of AURIL and is also a former chair of the Welsh Industrial Liaison Officers Group (WILOs). A fluent Welsh speaker he received an Exec MBA from Bangor University in 2012.

Dr. David Bembo
C3 Session Chair

Leadership of Cardiff University's central Research & Innovation Services department (RIS) which provides support for academic staff and researchers across all three of the University's colleges. Working closely with professional services staff in 25 academic schools and researchers in all disciplines, RIS delivers its services via ~100 expert staff organised in five specialist teams:

1. Commercial Development (including Technology Transfer)
2. Research Development (including European Office)
3. Innovation System and Engagement
4. Research Governance and Contracts
5. Research Grants Office (research finance)

Gareth Mayhead

Gareth has been Commercialisation & Consultancy Manager at Bangor University for 6 years. He specialises in identification, management and exploitation of intellectual property. He has led on the establishment of 5 spin-out companies and numerous licenses at Bangor. Previously he was a biomass and bioenergy specialist at UC Berkeley focused on financial and technical assistance to businesses in California. He has significant experience of delivering public funds though grant programmes in the US and UK.

Session B2

Dr. Ray Kent
B2 Session Chair

Ray prevously supported the implementation of research management systems at Loughborough and De Montfort universities, and institutional submissions to the RAE (2001, 2008) and REF 2014, respectively. He was a Director of ARMA UK between 2004 and 2011, and a member of Vitae's Researcher Development Advisory Group from 2013 to 2015. Ray currently represents ARMA on a JISC oversight group in the area of research data management. He has also been an evaluator for the European Commission (2002-2006) and the Natural Environment Research Council (2009-2012), and continues to serve as a peer reviewer for leading journals in the Earth Sciences.

Ray has helped to found 4 university spin-out companies including CYP Design Ltd., which in 2014 won the title of Medilink East Midlands Start-Up Company of the Year. Also In 2014 he set up the Crucible graduate entrepreneurship programme at De Montfort University, which has created 15 graduate start-up businesses. This work was commended by 'The Economist' (June 2015), and was instrumental in helping the University's Business School to gain a Silver Award under the Small Business Charter in September 2015.

Dr. Phil Fiddaman

Responsible for developing and growing commercial income and managing the Business Development and Knowledge Exchange teams.

Session B3

Mrs. Jenny Ritchie
Session Chair

I manage the Enterprise Programmes team; we are committed to developing strong partnerships with SMEs by matching academic research interests with business needs to create exciting and innovative projects that add real value to both parties. Our Programmes include SME Innovation Vouchers, Innovate UK KTP & Smart Grants, SPRINT, SETsquared Scale-Up, Health Technology Accelerator and Blockstart.

Mrs. Anna Davies
Dr. Agnieszka Iwasiewicz-Wabnig
Dr. Vibhuti Patel

I head the Bioscience Impact Team, which sits within the School of the Biological Sciences, and the University's Research Operations Office. We work closely with researchers from 9 departments and 3 institutes to support translation of their work via a number of routes, including industry collaboration, company spin-out, consultancy and policy engagement. We generate income from the Research Councils to fund translational activity, and administer these grants to run events and award pump-prime funding via internal calls. The team is also responsible for communication and reporting regarding research impact, internally and externally, in the run-up to the next Research Excellence Framework exercise.

Session C1

Dr. James Wilkie
Session Chair

After 20 years in Europe and the US delivering research, development & innovation within large multinational companies, James joined The University of Birmingham in 2007. As Director of Enterprise & Innovation, he is also CEO of Alta Innovations, which brings new ideas developed at the University to market and which manages the operations of Birmingham Research Park, including two business incubators.

James is an expert on the development and commercialisation of a wide range of new technologies ranging from renewable energy to the life sciences, especially those originating from academic research. He currently holds a number of Non-Executive Directorships and Advisory Board positions in technology ‘start up’ companies and early stage investment funds. In addition to his doctorate, he is a Chartered Engineer with an MBA.

Dr. shanta aphale

As Business Engagement in the Faculty of Humanities, University of Manchester, Shanta is responsible for leading a small team to implement and manage business engagement activity across the Faculty, brokering mutually beneficial collaborative projects between the academic community and external organisations.
Shanta has worked in business engagement for over 10 years including at Keele University where she worked before joining the University of Manchester in 2013. Prior to this she worked in the chemical industry, following PhD and postdoctoral positions in Plant Sciences at the University of Nottingham from 2000-2006. Shanta is the Operational Lead for ASPECT at the University.

Mr. Chris Baker

Chris has been working in the field of Knowledge Exchange (KE) for over 15 years.

With a background in design and innovation, after graduating in 2000 he founded a company dedicated to reducing waste from packaging. Upon selling the business in 2008, Chris went on to develop his career as a KE professional in academia, initially at Sheffield Hallam University before moving across to his current role as a leader for KE at the University of Sheffield in 2014.

He continues to innovate, leading on the development of a novel platform designed to maximise impact from KE activities.

Mr. Andy Burroughs

Andy has many years of experience in the Public and Private sector and has worked with both large, established organisations and smaller businesses and start-ups. He is now working as the Health and Wellbeing Sector Lead for the SETsquared Scale-Up Programme which is designed to support the growth needs of small businesses.

Prof. Peter Ford

Peter’s primary research centres on the development of methods and strategies to assist Small, Medium and Large Enterprises make effective use of design in their business strategies. In undertaking this he has attracted significant funding form the Private Sector, UK and European Government and Research England including a recent £4.65 million grant for the Impacting Business by Design initiative. His research also embraces issues around Sustainability, the Circular Economy and the application of Additive Manufacturing in the New Product Development process; patents being attributed to him in this field. Peter has advised Government bodies on design in the UK, Oman and Indonesia and regularly speaks at international design conferences and publishes in international journals on design support for industry.
These activities have resulted in over 200 hundred design research interventions for small, medium and large enterprises including Guinness, Adidas, Oxford Instruments, British Nuclear Fuels, British Telecom and Google USA, with engagements in the USA, Finland, Germany, Sweden and the Czech Republic, all relating to new product development. Many of these design designs have been award winning and, in several cases, have solicited patent applications.
Peter’s early career commenced with ten years of product design consultancy for the international consultants BIB, (Butler, Isherwood and Bartlett) and Jones Garrard, working on products for companies including Minolta, Ferguson, Duracell, British Telecom, Pfizer and Black and Decker, working on contracts in Japan, the USA and the rest of Europe. He joined De Montfort University in 1991 where he engaged in the development of undergraduate and post graduate product design courses, higher degree supervision and examining. He established the Design Unit (an industry facing design research and consultancy group) in 1992 which undertook projects totalling over £8 million of design research support for industry during his tenure.
Peter joined Nottingham Trent University in September 2018 as Professor of Design where he is currently leading the School of Design on its Practice Based Design focus. He will also be working closely with NTU’s Medical Technology Innovation Facility (MTIF) and will be NTU’s joint lead on the Impacting Business by Design initiative.

Prof. John Hunt

John’s research focuses on developing breakthrough therapies, devices and technology to repair, replace, augment and in the future regenerate diseased, infected and damaged tissues in humans and other mammals using material interventions. Understanding the generic science to deliver interventional medical therapies requiring the use of a material (living cells are also considered to be a material). These will come from an in depth generic first principles approach to understanding and directing the patient’s cellular and molecular mechanisms and responses related to the clinical outcome and efficacy of medical devices, biocompatibility, inflammation and stem cell biology. Tissue engineering processes are developed and applied, addressing the key areas of patient treatments requiring intervention and material implantation; the materials of choice being researched today also include cells and within that, expertise and intellectual property has been created relating to primary cell sourcing, controlling cell function and phenotype through defining and controlling extracellular matrix interactions, angiogenesis, inflammation and tissue regeneration. From a strong long lived generic research platform, specific applications and knowledge has been applied to and continue to be developed for musculoskeletal tissues specifically cartilage and bone, visceral and vascular tissues. Professor Hunt’s research has been funded by the European Commission, BBSRC, MRC and EPSRC as well as by Industry. Ph.D in 1992 and D.Sc. in 2006.
He is a full time Professor and research Theme Leader at Nottingham Trent University, leading the theme Medical Technologies and Advanced Materials. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chairperson of the committee for the specialist interest group Analytical Biosciences. He is an honorary clinical academic consultant at the Liverpool Heart and Chest NHS trust hospital. He is a Fellow of the International College of Fellows for Biomaterials Science and Engineering and elected committee member and the treasurer of the college. He is on the International editorial board member for the journal Biomaterials and the Biomaterials and Nanotechnology section editor in the International journal of Artificial Organs.

Dr. Angela Jeffery

Angela has been at Aston since 2009 and has recently taken up a new role at as Director of Regional Strategy in response to Aston’s University strategy refresh, which focusses on beneficiaries; Students, Business & the Professions and Region & Society. She is currently focussing on development of the Civic University Agreement with partners as well as regional partnerships projects and funding, whilst also supporting the WM5G team within West Midlands Combined Authority. She is also the Aston lead for the Midlands Innovation Commercialisation of Research Accelerator (MICRA) £5M Connecting Capabilities Fund Project. Prior to Aston, she was at St George’s, University of London where she set up the Centre for Enterprise and Innovation and was the St George’s lead on regional collaborations including the West Focus consortium and the Heptagon Life Sciences Fund.

Mr. Rupert Lorraine

Rupert is currently Development and Partnership Manager at the University of Plymouth; based in the Research and Innovation Directorate and with a thematic focus on the Creative and Cultural Industries.

Rupert’s role includes working with Senior Leaders, academic, technical staff and students in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and a wide range of external partners, in support of the University's mission to deliver world-class research and meaningful collaborations with businesses and the community.

Ms. Rachel Pownall

Rachel is Bath Spa University’s Knowledge Exchange Manager for the South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN). Her role involves pro-actively engaging with creative businesses and recruiting them to the network, supporting academics and researchers to engage with the project, and planning and delivering events and other awareness-raising initiatives.

Working in close collaboration with project partners, Rachel is responsible for helping to develop a Knowledge Exchange service that supports the strategic direction of the SWCTN, and enables the achievement of joint initiatives and increases the productivity and resilience of the region’s Creative Industries.

Session C2

Mr. Ian Cox
Session Chair
James Convery

James is an Knowledge Exchange Executive within the Enterprise and Innovation group at Coventry University, developing working partnerships between Coventry University and Industry to support continued growth and innovation.

Dr. Noelle Gracy

Noelle Gracy received her PhD in Neuroscience from Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences and completed her postdoctoral training at The Scripps Research Institute. She has worked in academic publishing, community engagement and marketing analytics. She now heads the Academic Collaboration Office, facilitating project in machine learning, predictive analytics, research data management, ethics, and research performance. Elsevier currently supports 55+ active collaborative projects at 35 academic institutions.

Dr. Fiona Marston

Fiona is a biotechnology entrepreneur who became Director of CEIDR in April 2018 where she is focused on translation, developing partnerships that apply the technologies, expertise and resources of the University of Liverpool, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, associated NHS Trusts and overseas partners. CEIDR’s primary goal is the rapid translation of infectious diseases research to combat the threats of resistance to public health worldwide.
Fiona previously led anti-infective companies Absynth Biologics and Novacta Biosystems. Earlier she founded Healthcare Ventures, for the Rothschild Bioscience Unit and J&J Development Corporation investing in European entrepreneurs. Fiona has a PhD in Biochemistry (Kent) and an MBA (London Business School).

Dr. Danielle Miles

I am a Technology Innovation Manager working in the Medical Technologies Innovation team on the Translate Programme. My role involves supporting medical technology research translation and embedding innovation capability in the Leeds City Region. I complement the activities of knowledge and technology transfer staff at each of our partner institutes by providing sector specific expertise to support the generation, evaluation and development of potential project opportunities. I build consortiums to address un-met clinical needs through running innovation workshops, brokering relationships and carrying out technology scouting activities. My role also involves working with academics across our five partner universities to provide translation know-how in order to secure external funding for projects involving applied research innovation and translation. Finally I provide support with market and regulatory requirements, risks and barriers to commercialisation and IP strategy.

Dean Stephenson

Dean is a Knowledge Exchange Executive at Coventry University, where he works in the Enterprise and Innovation team. He has worked at the University for 15 years, where he has been involved in a number of funded Knowledge Exchange Programmes. He has worked on KTP for a number of years now, and was, until recently, the West Midlands KTP Representative on the National Forum. Previously Dean has worked for such Companies as Unilever and Akzo-Nobel, and has also worked in both Dubai and Bahrain. In his spare time he enjoys all sports and recently was a volunteer at both the Rugby World Cup and The Ladies Cricket World Cup. He also enjoys travelling.

Session C3

Dr. David Bembo
C3 Session Chair

Leadership of Cardiff University's central Research & Innovation Services department (RIS) which provides support for academic staff and researchers across all three of the University's colleges. Working closely with professional services staff in 25 academic schools and researchers in all disciplines, RIS delivers its services via ~100 expert staff organised in five specialist teams:

1. Commercial Development (including Technology Transfer)
2. Research Development (including European Office)
3. Innovation System and Engagement
4. Research Governance and Contracts
5. Research Grants Office (research finance)

Dr. Steve Fish RTTP

I lead a team of 30 knowledge exchange professionals in the Faculty of Science and Technology at Lancaster University. Our activities include:

1. Developing research initiatives with academic staff
2. Enhancing student employability by using e.g. internships
3. Driving the knowledge exchange agenda associated with e.g. contract research, consultancy, and research projects
4. Enhancing impact development across the Faculty
5. Managing the FST estate associated with our co-located companies based in cTAP, the Lancaster Environment Centre and the School of Computing and Communication

Mr. John Halliwell

In his current role, John supports the development of impact from health research. John brokers and develops relationships with non-academic partners. John provides guidance on plans and funding bids to advance impact. He manages several devolved funding schemes for impact development.

John joined the University of Bristol in 2006 as a research assistant for the Centre for Romantic Studies, before joining the Gates Foundation funded Aquatest Project as Project Officer. He coordinated the University's impact submission to REF2014, and more recently managed a programme of activities to improve the experience of PGRs across the GW4 Alliance. He completed an MA in Romanticism (Bristol), and a BA in Modern History and English (Oxford).

Brigita Jurisic

Brigita joined City, University of London in September 2017 as an IP comercialisation and incubator manager. She has over 10 years of working experience in international business development. Having started her own international business consulting and agency company 9 years ago, she acquired wide experience in design and execution of new business development programs internationally for her own business as well as for her clients from various industries. Being a confident communicator and negotiator fluent in five European languages she is capable of forming strategic relationships internally and externally. She has been responsible for operational coordination and execution of several marketing and business development work streams, as well as daily client and subcontractor relationships.

Gurmit Kler

Gurmit Kler joined the University of Birmingham in September 2013 to head up a new Business Engagement function. Her role focuses on taking the brilliance of the University’s academic endeavour and ensuring it reaches out into industry in a commercially viable research collaboration. This has led to successful engagements with organisations such as Procter & Gamble, GSK, Pfizer, PWC, HSBC. Prior to this she has held senior management positions within the Energy, Travel and IT sectors focusing on corporate development and transformation programmes.

Her career has centred around engaging and developing relationships to maximise the business opportunity. A great rapport builder who believes in managing through motivating and fostering a strong service focused culture.

In her spare time she is a keen runner, yoga enthusiast and mummy of two.

Session C4

Tim Brundle
Session Co-Chair

Timothy Brundle is Director of Innovation at the University of Ulster. He is responsible for the University’s commercial output and is the CEO of Innovation Ulster Ltd, Ulster’s award-winning knowledge venturing and investment company. Timothy has fifteen years experience in both the successful commercialisation of technology and in business and economic development. His background in the private and academic sectors is complemented by success in the start up, growth and sale of technology companies, in the management of public to private sector transition and in strategic change management. He is an angel investor and an experienced Director of both young companies and mature public Institutions. Timothy is a Board member of the economic development agency for Northern Ireland, Invest NI, and a Panel Member of MATRIX, Northern Ireland's science-industry advisory council.

Dr. Sarah Macnaughton
Session Co-Chair

Operations Director at Oxentia, the innovation management consultancy spun out of Oxford University Innovation. With a background as an environmental microbiologist, I have 20 years experience in knowledge transfer, commercialisation and consultancy.

Ms. Jacqueline Grajales Restrepo
Dr. Dan King

Dan joined Research Consulting in May 2018 and leads work in research development, partnership and knowledge exchange.

Prior to joining Research Consulting, he was Director of Partnerships, Local Engagement and Commercial Services at Nottingham Trent University, establishing a new team supporting partnerships with business and other employers.

Between 2001 and 2017 he held a number of roles at the University of Nottingham leading teams supporting research, knowledge exchange and strategy across the University. Roles included Acting Director for Research Enterprise and Graduate Services and Head of Business and Local Partnerships.

He is passionate about the role research and Universities have in developing places – and has working closely with civic and economic development partners. This includes roles as Director of the University of Nottingham Innovation Park management company, advisory input into the local governance committees for the 2007-2014 ERDF programme and 2014-2020 ESIF programmes and management of business grant schemes.

Prior to 2001, he worked in research business development at the University of Warwick and in research funding administration with the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

He has a PhD in Civil Engineering (University of Nottingham) and post-doctoral research experience in the monitoring of coastal defences on the south coast (University of Brighton).

LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/dan-king-32450a2/

Helen Lau

Helen Lau is the Head of Knowledge Exchange at Coventry University. Helen initially joined Coventry University as Project Manager as part of the initial HDTI (Health Design and Technology Institute) team supporting the development of the research centre and overseeing the build of the multi-million pound inclusively designed facility. She is now responsible for running the UK and European government funded knowledge transfer programmes (such as KTP), contract research, industry funded postgraduate studentships and a substantial percentage of the business engagement activities undertaken by the University Group including some European Regional Development initiatives.
The KE Unit is frequently the first point of contact and engagement for SMEs and larger companies. Helen is working within the Enterprise and Innovation Group at Coventry to develop successful academic relationships with the business community that meet business need and address academic impact. She specialises in delivering transactional projects which meet the needs of the client and the academic team involved in projects, linking to research impact and University metrics.
Helen has worked in research commercialisation and business engagement for 13 years across roles at Coventry University, Keele University and Yorkshire Forward and directly in an SME environment. She has expertise across a wide range of project, and client types and has developed a range of new initiatives at Coventry to build, and retain client relationships and research impact pathways.
Outside of her role at the University Helen has been a Trustee for AgeUK Coventry and a member of the Institute of Engineers and Technologists.

Chair's Conference Address

Dr. Angela Kukula RTTP
Chair

Angela Kukula is Director of Enterprise at the Institute of Cancer Research in London. The Enterprise Unit manages all intellectual property and commercial issues at The Institute including arranging collaborations with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, negotiating clinical trial agreements, patenting, licensing and the formation of spin-out companies. Angela has a BA in Biochemistry from Oxford University and PhD in Immunology and Genetics from the Institute of Child Health University of London. She also has an MBA specialising in technology management and an LLM in commercial law.

After a post-doc position at Osaka University in Japan, Angela spent a number of years managing international collaborative R&D programmes in the Pharmaceutical industry, before moving into technology transfer. Prior to joining ICR, Angela was Head of IP and Commercialisation at Aston University where she was responsible for all of the University's technology transfer activities.

Angela has managed portfolios of over 100 patent families and has concluded a large number of licensing and commercialisation deals. She has also been instrumental in the establishment of several spin-out companies. She regularly lectures on innovation and intellectual property matters and sits on a number of national and international research and exploitation bodies.

Closing Plenary

Mr. Kev House

In 2006, as an out of control, obese, heavy drinking Type 1 Diabetic, doctors gave Kev the ultimatum - to change or face the consequences. It was time to stop hiding, ‘man up’ and face the challenge head on.

Kev had tried to change loads of times but had consistently failed. Reluctantly, after a recommendation from a friend, Kev started reading some of that ‘airy fairy positivity stuff’ and was shocked at the results when he put the ideas into practice!

Some thought Kev (and that included Kev!) had lost his marbles when he announced that he was going to run in the New York City Marathon in Nov 2007. He completed what was a truly life-changing experience.

Kev’s never looked back. The benefits are incredible: more energy, improved mood and excellent diabetic control, flourishing professionally, and most importantly for Kev, he can now get into Topman skinny jeans!

Kev is inspiring children and adults through keynote speaking, workshops and one to one’s to take control and manage their own minds, develop self-awareness, grit and most importantly, self-love!
Kev’s history is a case study in positivity, goal-setting and personal responsibility.