New RTTPs and Candidate RTTPs in Quarter 1 2019

We would like to congratulate x6 new RTTPs and x3 new Candidate RTTPs for being accepted into their respective ATTP groups. It is a fantastic achievement and demonstrates that these individuals are either highly qualified Knowledge Exchange practitioners, or on a professional development pathway to become one.


In case you are new to RTTP, RTTP it is the international professional standard for knowledge exchange and commercialisation practitioners working in universities, industry and government labs.

RTTP gives international recognition and validates 5 core competencies:

  • Strategy & business insight – strategic thinking; market-led, entrepreneurial approach; business and commercial skills.
  • Entrepreneurial leadership – active engagement in securing funding; leading negotiations; developing new ventures
  • Effective engagement – communication, collaboration and influencing skills
  • Legal & technical knowhow – understanding the key legal, technical and domain-related issues required to effectively transfer knowledge
  • Governance & project management – managing projects, knowledge and information flow; developing and managing systems and processes for knowledge exchange


The criteria to become RTTP accredited is to have 3+ years relevant role experience, evidence of skills/knowledge to lead KE/TT projects and/or 60 RTTP CE points (or other qualifications).


In order to apply for RTTP, by demonstrating you have gained 60 RTTP points from training and conferences provides the most straightforward confirmation that you have gained key skills.


We are very pleased to introduce to you the 6 new PraxisAuril members who achieved RTTP accreditation in the last round of submissions

Mr David Williamson RTTP
Director of External Services, University of Kent

David is Director External Services at Kent Business School and has overall responsibility for all 'Knowledge Exchange' relations with external partners and clients including contract research, consultancy, commercialisation, KTPs, business diagnostics, Executive Education and business network events including the annual Kent Business Summit. David is also responsible for entrepreneurship, overseeing the ASPIRE accelerator facilities and the highly successful Business Start-Up Journey programme. David's remit also includes responsibility for alumni relations (UK and International) and philtanthropy. David is CASE trained. David's previous roles have been as the Director of Knowledge Transfer for the four West Yorkshire Universities, The Innovation Partnerhips Manager for the eight Leeds City Region Universities and in earlier years Head of the Business Advisor Team at Business Link (C&K) and Head of Business Development at Bradford School of Management. David is RTTP accredited and always happy to provide advice and connect with others in the network.


Dr Thomas Bartlett RTTP
Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation Manager, The University of Sheffield

Thomas is part of the team that provides businesses access to the healthcare expertise and infrastructure of the University. His core skills and experience are the identification and development of new commercial opportunities, supporting academics in translational research, development of funding bids and advising on intellectual property and industry-academic research contracts.





Dr Janette Wark PhD RTTP
Knowledge Exchange Manager, Glasgow Caledonian University

Janette is a dynamic Knowledge Exchange Manager with over fifteen years of experience in University and Industry engagement and leveraging support from the relevant public funding streams. She is strongly identified with the provision of professional knowledge exchange support that fits with the strategic aim of the University to provide solutions to real-world problems through applied research and development, working in partnership with external stakeholders with a view to effecting societal gains. Janette is strongly focused in an external environment, acting as the interface between academia and industry through the implementation of systems, policies, practices and skillsets to encourage growth for the Scottish and UK economy.



Dr. Mark Mann RTTP
Innovation Lead, Humanities and Social Sciences, Oxford University Innovation

After a degree in Natural Sciences and a PhD in carbon nanotubes and electron emission, Mark continued as a Research Associate at Cambridge University Engineering Department, diversifying into nanotechnology, thin films, devices and displays. Whilst there he also undertook undergraduate teaching of both Physics and Electrical Engineering, project-managed UK government and EU-sponsored collaborative projects and undertook a variety of graduate and undergraduate teaching.

In 2010, Mark left Cambridge to join the BBC’s Research & Development Department where he retrained as a software engineer and conducted research in music information retrieval, audio broadcasting, and mobile and second screen applications. His research then focussed on image processing, especially with regard to sport. He then moved into technology transfer, covering all the technology the BBC had to license before joining Oxford University Innovation as a Technology Transfer Manager in 2015. In 2016 he began developing services for the Humanities & Social Science Divisions at Oxford. He is now the Innovation Lead for Humanities & Social Sciences and since 2018 leads the new social enterprise activity across all research divisions at Oxford.

Dr Chris Holroyd RTTP
Business Partnerships Manager, Lancaster University

Chris works with businesses, researchers in the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) and other organisations to scope and establish collaborative R&D projects. He puts the right people in contact, advises on suitable grant opportunities, helps cost projects, project manages applications writing parts of these, facilitates the on-going relationship and arranges supporting collaboration agreements to cover areas including intellectual property (IP) ownership and IP protection.




Adrian Walters RTTP
Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence & IP & Project Manager - SPECIFIC IKC, Swansea University

Adrian has worked at the academic-industry interface for over 20 years, both in industry and universities. Since 2013 he has led IP management and commercialisation activity arising from the SPECIFIC Innovation & Knowledge Centre, an academic and industrial consortium led by Swansea University developing and demonstrating technologies that will allow buildings to generate, store and release solar energy.

Adrian has led the formation of two spin-out companies and has won over £3m in translational funding to support technology transfer and businesses growth, including awards from Innovate UK, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society and UKRI. In 2018, his track record of innovation and technology transfer was endorsed when he was awarded the status of Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence and he is the only individual to have won the Armourers & Brasiers’ Materials Science Venture Prize twice.




Candidate RTTP is a new designation that allows entrants to the profession to signal that they have committed to a pathway of training and development leading to the award of full RTTP status. It indicates to employers that they are serious about their career and aspire to meet the highest standards. They may use the designation ‘Candidate RTTP’ after their name.

It is normally expected that Candidate RTTP designation will be sought approximately 6 months into their post (typically at the halfway point of a probation period) by which time the Candidate and their manager will be able to judge their suitability and commitment to the Pathway.


We are very pleased to introduce to you the 3 new PraxisAuril members who were accepted onto the Candidate Pathway RTTP programme


Dr Simona Foscarin-Kosmetatou Candidate RTTP
Business Development Executive (EGIS), Heriot-Watt University

At Heriot-Watt Dr Simona Foscarin-Kosmetatou is the referent for the School of Energy Geosciences Infrastructures and Society. Her strategic priorities are Constructions, Blue Economy, and Clean Energy. In these respects, Dr Foscarin-Kosmetatou is working closely with senior management and regional key stakeholders. She is the first point of contact for researchers internally and for companies externally to develop collaborative research which can be applied in the society and economy (Scottish and worldwide).

2/7/2018 – present: Business Development Executive, Heriot-Watt University
2017 - 2018: Knowledge Exchange Enterprise Manager, The Open University
2016 - 2017: Business Development, Edinburgh Innovations, c/o Roslin Institute
2012 - 2016: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Cambridge
2008 - 2012: Ph.D. student, University of Turin (Italy)


Josephine Butcher Candidate RTTP
Impact & Partnership Development Officer, University of Exeter

Josephine is Responsible for supporting business engagement through income generation, impact development, research and education collaboration with industry and government partners. Her core skills and experience are building strategic partnerships, with expertise in industry engagement, sponsorship, contract negotiation, account management and delivering successful marketing campaigns and events to create added value.





Mrs. Sophie Smith Candidate RTTP
Impact and Partnerships Development Manager, University of Exeter

Sophie is the Leadership, Management and Organisational Strategy sub-theme lead within the Government and Society theme. She supports impact development, research and innovation collaborations involving external partners, broader partnership development and income generation across the University.

Sophie’s activity focuses on: creating ongoing strategic relationships between external organisations and specific academics and colleges. She supports academics with commercially funded research through mechanisms like contract research, consultancy and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. She also drives the impact of innovative research beyond academia.




The next deadline for RTTP and Candidate RTTP submissions is 18th April 2019. For more information or questions regarding the application process contact Georgina Wark on

How does Oxford University Innovation apply RTTP?

Watch our Professional Development Programme Manager Georgina Wark interview Adam Stoten, Chief Operating Officer at Oxford University Innovation, on how RTTP fits with the OUI's strategy to professional development.