Advocacy Committee

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The Advocacy Committee represents the PraxisAuril membership and our organisation's values on matters affecting the knowledge exchange and technology transfer profession. We do this by responding to government and other sector consultations, by engaging with policy makers and influencers at a national and regional level, and by proactively voicing opinion through publications, events and online media. The Committee is one of the largest of PraxisAuril's practitioner committees as it is important for us to represent a broad mix of our membership organisations and their research commercialisation cultures.

The PraxisAuril office contact for the Advocacy Committee team is Tamsin Mann.

Dr. Phil Clare RTTP

Board Member
Deputy Director, Research Services, University of Oxford
Phil is Chair of PraxisAuril's Advocacy Committee. His main focus of responsibility as Associate Director, Research Services and Head of Knowledge Exchanges at the University of Oxford includes research contracts, intellectual property management and industry links. He has been a member of the PraxisUnico Board for several years, and before that spent six years on the committee of ARMA, the Association of Research Managers and Administrators. He used to be a chemist but a year after completing his PhD accidentally became an administrator. Since leaving science, he has been working in research administration and innovation at the Universities of Bath, Bournemouth and Oxford, and also worked for the UK Research Office in Brussels. He is a director of Fluvial Innovations Ltd, a small start-up, and the Oxford Football league, a local social enterprise. He has just completed an executive MBA at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. He believes passionately in the importance of research in universities to the economic and intellectual life of any country, and the role of research support and technology transfer offices in supporting that contribution.

Alisdair Aldous

Associate Director - Knowledge Exchange, University of the Arts London
My academic background is in critical theory, particularly the practices of deconstruction, and this has given me a great set of tools for understanding and interrogating a range of other disciplines, as well as a fascination with language, culture and the politics of structure. I am particularly interested in how theoretical models for change can be implemented through creative practices, and the tangible impacts that this can achieve. In addition to these academic interests, I also have a strong interest in sound and music, film, dance, and fine art (from the 15th to the 21st Century), but also enjoy travelling, skiing, camping and hill-walking. Driven by many of these interests, I have worked as a 'creative' consultant on major regeneration projects; worked directly with fine art and digital media practitioners to help professionalise and enhance their practices; and finally, moved into the higher education sector, where I have provided Executive-level strategic intelligence services, and worked as a knowledge transfer professional, developing collaborative R&D projects with industry partners. My current role at University of the Arts London involves providing all of our Colleges with the information and support they require to strategically develop their research and enterprise collaborations, and to help enhance the networks of relevant partners that they are engaging with.

Carole Barron

Director of Innovation & Enterprise, Kent Innovation & Enterprise
Carole is Director of Innovation and Enterprise at the University of Kent where she leads the strategic growth of innovation, enterprise and knowledge exchange. Carole has over 20 years’ experience of businesses and stakeholder engagement and has a broad portfolio. This covers, business development; collaborative partnerships; commercialisation of the University’s intellectual and knowledge expertise; consultancy; training and professional development; student enterprise and incubation and supporting SMEs. The role also includes regional economic impact, place making and working closely with the Local Enterprise Partnership. Carole is a Board member of several businesses and sits on numerous local and regional partnership boards including President of the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, Immediate Past Chair of AURIL (Association for Research & Industry Links) and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Leadership Foundation. Carole has a particular interest in supporting women in enterprise having recently launched a new Programme to support women in the workplace and is a Leadership Foundation Aurora Role Model.

Michael Bath RTTP

Technology Transfer Manager, Durham University
Michael is the Chair of the Conference Committee. He has worked in Technology Transfer since September 1999. Currently employed by Durham University, he previously worked for five years at RTC North (an independent TT company)Prior to RTC North, he worked for twelve years in various manufacturing and materials management roles, mainly at Rolls-Royce. Recent work includes the creation of Applied Graphene Materials (AGM) PLC - originally Durham Graphene Science Ltd (DGS). Alongside the academic inventor, Michael served on the Board of Directors for three years, building the business from scratch, securing V.C. investments and winning multiple grants, awards and contracts. AGM floated on AIM in 2013 and now employs 34 staff.

Dr. George Baxter

CEO, Edinburgh Innovations Limited
George Baxter took up the post at Edinburgh Research & Innovation (ERI) on 24 October 2016. Dr Baxter joined ERI from the University of Nottingham, where he was Director of Research and Enterprise and Director of Business Engagement and Innovation Services. He has brought a wealth of experience to the role, having worked for the University of Salford, the Northwest Regional Development Agency and AstraZeneca Speciality Chemicals.

Richard Brooks

Co founder - Director, FD Solutions
Since co-founding FD Solutions with Malcolm Durham in the early 1990s Richard has developed from a flexible FD to various businesses, to overseeing the growth of the firm as the leading provider of flexible Director services. In particular he has developed and implemented innovative approaches to financing and management information systems. Board member of the Bio Industry Association Finance and Taxation Committee. Guest lecturer and presenter for Biopioneer events and on entrepreneurship workshops for scientists and engineers around the globe. He has developed and implemented innovative approaches to financing and management information systems. Chairman of widely-acclaimed The People’s Supermarket. Member of the advisory board of the London Chamber Orchestra. FD of Cellcentric, a dominant discovery platform in epigenetics. Richard gained a BCom from Edinburgh University in 1981 and qualified as a CA at Ernst & Whinney in 1984. Prior to joining FD Solutions, Richard had finance director roles with Samuelson Communications and Laserpoint Communications. Specialist sectors include technology start-ups, food, retail, manufacturing and not-for-profit. Richard’s achievements since the inception of FD Solutions include: helping an entrepreneur turnaround his manufacturing business from a loss-making operation to £35m turnover in four years. Establish a VC-backed invoice discounting operation with turnover of £100m and a back office of only 30, by designing and implementing a system based on Systems Union Sun. An NHS organisation to treble in size by negotiating an outsourcing contract with the Department of Health. A small specialist engineering manufacturer turnaround its business from loss making to profitable, completing a sale and buyback, followed a few years later by a further sale to a European manufacturer.

Tim Brundle

Director of Research and Innovation, Ulster University
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. Alison Campbell OBE RTTP

Director, Knowledge Transfer Ireland, Knowledge Transfer Ireland
Dr Alison Campbell is Director of Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI), based at Enterprise Ireland. KTI is the national office, responsible for the promotion, development and management of Ireland’s knowledge transfer system. Alison has over 20 years working at the academic-industry interface in industry and within the research sector, and has led research commercialisation as MD of King’s College London Business Ltd and CEO of the UK Medical Research Council Technology Ltd. She is a founder of the global Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP) and Chair of Governance. She currently chairs the AUTM International Advocacy Committee and is a member of the Advisory Board of the network for the Assessment & Evaluation of the Societal Impact of Science (AESIS). Alison was a long-standing Board member of PraxisUnico. She was awarded an OBE in 2010 in recognition of her contribution to Knowledge Transfer.

Andrew Carlin

Director, EIT Food CLC North West Ltd

Dr. Sarah Macnaughton

Operations Director, Oxentia Limited
Operation's 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.

Jeff Skinner RTTP

Executive Director, Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, London Business School
Jeff is the Executive Director of the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London Business School. He also directs a variety of MBA entrepreneurship electives and co-curricular student activities at the School. Prior to this, as Commercial Director at University College London, he conceived, built and ran UCL‚ Technology Transfer division - including the creation of two early-stage seed funds and separate units managing consultancy, collaborative research and new venture creation. Working alongside research students and academics, he has co-founded over thirty technology-based spinouts that have, in aggregate, raised over £30 million first round finance and returned over £20 million to UCL. He is past President of and remains closely involved with the leading UK & European tech transfer associations, PraxisUnico & ASTP-Proton. He talks, trains and consults widely throughout Europe in the field of technology commercialization. He chairs the Professional Recognition panel for the worldwide "Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals" (ATTP). Before joining UCL, he was Technical Marketing Manager at Hoechst Celanese Corporation in New Jersey and prior to that, Photonics Research Manager at General Electric. His first degree was in physics and he holds a Ph.D. in thin-film photonics (UCL) and an MBA from London Business School.

Sarah Stables

Director, Sarah Stables Consulting
Knowledge Exchange Profile: For the past 15 years Sarah has worked to promote knowledge exchange between HE and industry, her work has been focused on Cumbria and as such her specialist area of understanding is the growth and development of new Universities as place based anchor institutions in rural areas. All of her industry and knowledge exchange work has involved engagement with businesses across a range of sectors, with a specific understanding of the challenges of enabling knowledge exchange in rural areas with a primarily SME business profile. European Funding has enabled much the Knowledge Exchange work, as such Sarah has experience of managing and delivering programmes of over £24M of European structural funds. Over the past 15 years Sarah has worked with and managed teams of up to 26 Knowledge Exchange professionals and as such has a keen interest in the advancement of knowledge exchange professional development frameworks. Sarah’s most recent role has been as Business Development and Enterprise Lead for the University of Cumbria. She has sat on many regional boards encouraging links between Universities and regional growth this includes: Cumbria LEP Technical Officers Group, the Cumbria ESIF committee and the North West Universities European Unit. Sarah was very proud to be an AURIL council member from 2015.

Dr. Liam Sutton

Head of Knowledge Transfer, University of Bradford
Liam leads in the strategic development and operational management of knowledge exchange services at the University of Bradford. Knowledge exchange is all about communications and partnerships - we enable technical people from all types of relevant external organisation to connect with and undertake collaborative research with Bradford academics.

Dr. James Wilkie

Director of Enterprise & Innovation, University of Birmingham
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.