Neil Hayes

Dr Neil Hayes

Dr Neil Hayes

Head of Commercial and Business Programmes (CBP)


Neil is responsible for seeking, securing, and managing commercial opportunities for research income development.

He identifies potential intellectual property (IP) and opportunities for exploitation, and advises on preparation of grant applications, proposals and tenders in relation to commercialisation and exploitation potential.

He is also charged with creating and managing strategic venture partnerships surrounding the University’s IP portfolio, and is the University Relationship Manager for QinetiQ.


Neil joined the University in 2010, having previously worked as project manager for the Manchester Centre for Integrative Systems Biology. Past roles include New Product Introduction, Research and Development and Operations management.

Neil has worked for various sized enterprises from large multinationals to SMEs, including a spell as a director of a technology spin-out.

His experience spans a number of sectors including materials science, surface coatings and analysis, optoelectronics / telecommunications, sensor systems and biosciences. He has an Honours degree in Polymer Science and Technology, and a PhD in Physical Chemistry.

Neil is a:

  • Chartered Chemist
  • Chartered Scientist
  • Member of Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Member of the Association for Project Management
  • Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society

Contact details

Telephone 01392 723180
Building Innovation Centre Phase 2
Address Innovation, Impact and Business
University of Exeter (Streatham Campus)
Innovation Centre Phase 2
Rennes Drive
Devon EX4 4RN
Days worked Monday to Friday