Knowledge Transfer Manager - Smart Materials and Technical Textiles
Following a degree and a PhD in biochemistry, I worked in technical sales and marketing for a large multinational covering a wide variety of industries from refractories and ceramics to plastics and rubbers. During this time, I held a variety of roles in sales and marketing management including heading a business unit and a global marketing group.
This was followed by a number of business consultancy roles with major US companies and a brief foray into regional Government activity heading up business investment at Yorkshire Forward.
I first started working for the Materials Knowledge Transfer Network through a placement at Leeds University delivering a series of polymer workshops and then moved to working with the smart materials community, covering a wide variety of materials including metamaterials, auxetics, piezoelectrics, electroactive polymers and smart textiles as well as a variety of sectors such as energy harvesting, structural health monitoring and smart actuation.
After the formation of Innovate UK KTN, I continued to work with advanced functional materials focusing on emerging technologies such as metamaterials and auxetics as well as graphene and other 2D materials. Before rejoining KTN, I worked with QinetiQ’s Advanced Services and Products Group working in sectors such as batteries and smart textiles in addition to delivering a project for KTN as a sub-contractor on Energy Storage and 2D materials.
I am a Fellow of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and sit on their Smart Materials and Systems Committee.