Head of Chemistry and Industrial Biotechnology
I am Head of Chemistry & Industrial Biotechnology at Innovate UK KTN. One of my key roles is to oversee programmes and activities where innovation in chemistry and industrial biotechnology can play a key role in creating positive change.
I have a detailed understanding of the innovation ecosystem, as well as a powerful network of connections. I have a detailed understanding of key challenges and opportunities for innovators in chemistry & industrial biotechnology, and work closely with key stakeholders from Government and the private sector to develop new programmes and initiatives to accelerate innovation.
My key interests (and key focus areas for the team) include supporting the move to Net Zero and a Circular Economy, developing new supply chains for Raw Materials and Feedstocks, and the adoption of digitalisation techniques. The team is actively supporting a number of cross-sector KTN programmes related to industrial decarbonisation, batteries, circular plastics, hydrogen and sustainable aviation fuels.
I hold a PhD in Chemistry from the Clean Technology Group at University of Nottingham. Prior to joining KTN, I spent more than eight years in Australia gaining a broad range of experience by working across research & innovation, industry consulting, policy development and managing sustainability programmes for the chemicals sector.