Director of Innovation, Impact and Business
Innovation Centre, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RN, UK
Role and profile
My team connects organisations to the University of Exeter, creates new business opportunities for them and generates new innovation.
Each year we work on about 1000 projects worth around £50 million. We help partners undertake R&D projects, access skilled people and generate innovation. We manage strategic alliances, contract education programmes with business, spin-outs, licensing and economic development. We are also responsible for major innovation initiatives such as the University’s Innovation Centre and the Exeter Science Park of which I am a Board member. Until last year I was chair of the SETsquared Management Board (recognised as the World's number one University Business Incubator).
I am Vice-Chair of PraxisAuril, the UK's national association for knowledge exchange professionals and a board member of the global Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP) which promotes the RTTP World-wide standard. I have been Vice-President of the Association of European Science and Technology Transfer Professionals, ASTP, and a member of the Board of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership.
I have had several Director-level roles at the University of Exeter. I previously worked for national University bodies where I set up and led joint-ventures for commercialising and marketing national and international HE services. I have been Managing Director and Director of several companies.
I am a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP).
I studied languages at University College London.
BA French and German - UCL
PG Cert Marketing
RTTP (Registered Technology Transfer Professional)