Autumn Conference Committee

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The Conference Committee is responsible for the design and delivery of the PraxisAuril annual conference. The Conference Committee is formed of some of the most experienced senior staff from several of the leading technology transfer and knowledge exchange organisations in the UK. The Conference Committee members also co-ordinate the conference sessions and recommend speakers and topics.

The PraxisAuril office contact for the Conference Committee team is Nicky Warnock.

Bryn Jones

Board Member
Head of Knowledge Exchange, Bangor University
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.

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. Kirstie Cochrane

EIRA Director, University of Essex
Kirstie is the Director of the Connecting Capabilities Fund great that was awarded to the University of Essex earlier this year. The Enabling Innovations: Research to Application (EIRA) project covers 7 HEI’s in the east of England, based around the EasternArc consortium of the Universities of Essex, Kent and East Anglia. 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 at focus on health related research. From 2005 - 2008 Kirstie worked at the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control as a microbiologist and then in their commercial development team specialising in marketing.

Mr. Ian Cox

Director, IDACO Consulting Limited

Jim Fraser

Senior Business Development Manager, Durham University

Dr. Stephen Hillier

Senior Impact & Business Development Manager, University of Liverpool

Leanne Kenyon

Senior Knowledge Exchange Coordinator, University of Hertfordshire
Leanne is a Senior Knowledge Exchange Coordinator at the University of Hertfordshire. She works with businesses and academics across the University to build partnerships and collaborations driving forward the University’s commercial income portfolio. Hertfordshire’s business expertise is dynamic and wide-ranging, working with partners 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 which helps academics and businesses access a new Knowledge Exchange PhD research project.

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.

Mrs. Jenny Ritchie

Business Development Manager, University of Surrey
I manage the Business Development team; we are committed to facilitating partnerships and bringing together academic research interests and business needs to create exciting and innovative projects that add real value to both parties.