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 Julie Lewis-Thompson

Julie Lewis-Thompson

Commercial Manager (VSimulators)


 01392 722603



College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences,  Harrison Building, Streatham Campus,  University of Exeter, North Park Road, Exeter, EX4 4QF



Julie's focus is on facilitating collaborative team-based research, encouraging an innovative mindset to enhance commercial exploitation. She also supports the development of University spinout opportunities by consideration for intellectual property issues, development of a brand image, marketing, governance and drawing on funding sources via Innovate UK and similar organisations.


Originally a commercial lawyer, Julie graduated with distinction from University of Exeter, having completed the One Planet MBA (2015-2016).

With strong leadership and team management skills, combined with practical problem solving abilities, Julie has orientated her career towards complex project management. Since July 2016, she has worked for the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Exeter as a Project Manager for IB Catalyst Gels. This multi-million pound research project, led by Professor Stephen Eichhorn, draws on collaborative scientific expertise from four major universities and two international corporate partners. Julie has also set up and run several of her own SME businesses. 

Julie enjoys volunteering, hiking, photography, painting and horse riding. She has recently returned from a backpacking trip to Colombia where she climbed to the Lost City over four days and spent a week living alongside indigenous communities in the Amazon. 

Prior Academic Experience 

  • Legal Practice Course (College of Law, Guildford) and Common Professional Examination (College of Law, York), having initially graduated in Business Studies, with European Law and Management
  • Working at UOP, an international refinery processes company, providing contractual support to all parties in building the world’s largest oil refinery
  • Supporting the growth and flotation of Chiroscience a start-up innovative pharmaceutical company
  • Managing a team of 280 engineers in the EE 4G refresh programme for the UK mobile phone mast network




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