Knowledge Transfer Adviser
I am a Knowledge Transfer Adviser for Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, South and East Northamptonshire and North London.
The Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) support businesses to engage with expert academic teams on a project-based collaboration delivering sustainable innovation with positive economic impact and additional societal or environmental benefits. I look after businesses supporting their projects with knowledge bases in many parts of the country. I also maintain relationships with a number of designated universities in relation to their participation in the programme, including Cambridge, Queen Mary London, Anglia Ruskin and Bedfordshire.
I have been substantially involved in helping shape the Management KTPs programme (funded by BEIS) and am also an Assessor. In my role with Innovate UK KTN, I work with all the groups and more recently have been looking at opportunities in the Defence sector.
I am an experienced entrepreneurial board level executive in both the private and public sectors including working with universities. I have worked to resolve critical and significant problems for multi-national and smaller companies from a range of industries and national and local government agencies. I have led high performing, multi-skilled teams and managed large budgets to deliver stakeholders’ and ROI expectations. Primary activities have included strategy development and delivery, corporate and business development, finance, innovation and change management, international development and establishing new activities, partnerships and revenue streams and growing ventures in the private, public and academic sectors.
I co-founded a number of successful companies, raised venture and Angel capital and have held non-Executive Director and Chairman positions. I have also undertaken ‘forensic’ investigations; developed, run and taught on programmes for international executives and MBA students on a variety of topics including leadership, strategy and economic development, financial management, creativity and innovation, venturing and successful partnering.
I have been a Fellow and a Visiting Fellow of a top 5 Business School in the UK, a Visiting Lecturer and Supervisor for another Business School and also taught in the Middle East. Until recently, I was an independent chair and member of Judicial Appointments Commission panels recruiting and appointing judges and have conflict resolution and mediation experience. I was a lay member of the Support Services Resolution Board (The Law Society/ Solicitors Regulation Authority) and have been involved in recruiting for senior appointments for Public Sector organisations.