Committee

Dr. Shona Campbell, Committee Chair

Associate Director of Enterprise, University of Brighton

Shona is Assistant Director of Enterprise at the University of Brighton, sharing responsibility for leading the Department of Research, Enterprise & Social Partnerships. She manages the Enterprise team who support the full range of Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation activities, including activities supporting regional economic development. She also has cross-departmental responsibility for external marketing and the Knowledge Exchange Framework. She joined the university as KTP Manager in 2009 following a career in Agricultural research and knowledge transfer. She has a PhD in Plant Genetics from the University of Leeds and a BSc in Botany from the University of Glasgow.

Amanda Selvaratnam

Head of Enterprise Services, Associate Director of Research and Enterprise, University of York

Following a scientific career in research and industry, Amanda moved into business intelligence with GlaxoSmithKline prior to joining the University of York in 1999. Amanda is currently Director of Enterprise Services at the University responsible for the engagement of the University with business with a special focus on the development and delivery of professional development and executive education courses, technology transfer and commercialisation, apprenticeships and regional economic development. Amanda is also the Founder and Director of the Training Gateway, an organisation that supports UK training and education organisations win training and education contracts and develop partnerships overseas. Amanda has worked extensively in the ASEAN region and the Gulf and sits on the UK ASEAN Business Council representing Higher Education and SMEs.

Dr. Frank Allison

Managing Director, FIS360 Ltd.

Frank is managing director of FIS360 Ltd. which has a successful track record of supporting the commercialisation of early stage technologies for academic institutions, SME’s and large corporates.  Frank also leads, on behalf of FIS360, the delivery of Game Changers nuclear innovation programme for Sellafield.

Previously, Frank worked in the Middle East for Dhahran Techno Valley Company (DTVC) to support the establishment of a technology commercialisation business unit and building a multi-disciplinary team to facilitate the commercialisation of technologies which generate revenues and maximise social and economic benefit for Saudi Arabia.  Prior to this Frank spent over 10 years working at The University of Manchester Intellectual Property (UMIP), with responsibility for managing a portfolio of spin-out companies and licensing opportunities. Frank has also held a number of board positions for spin-out companies, been a committee member on a variety of steering and energy foresight groups and devised and delivered a number of regional innovation funding initiatives (Innovus and a Co-Managed Energy Innovation Fund). Frank’s career started in the steel industry before moving to California to work as an engineer in the space and aerospace industries. Frank graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a BEng (Hons) in Materials Science and a PhD in Biomaterials Science from the University of Nottingham.

Dr. Susan Baxter

Director of Innovation & Business Partnerships, University of Sussex

Sue is Director of Innovation & Business Partnerships at the University of Sussex, where she leads a new enterprise team to commercialise research, working more closely with businesses and public sector partners. She was invited to join UKRI’s national Steering Committee for the Knowledge Exchange Framework; is part of the executive committee of the national Research & Enterprise Network of Universities and also represents her university in a number of regional economic governance boards. Sue was previously Director of Research, Enterprise & Social Partnerships at the University of Brighton and has a background in central government and economic development. When in government, Sue led the UK’s negotiations and establishment of the £10bn EU Structural & Investment Funds programmes; represented the UK in EU & WTO trade negotiations and led national initiatives in internet fibre infrastructure and aerospace. She has also been Director of the Regional Development Agencies National Secretariat, has undertaken consultancy reviews for the City of London Corporation and worked in a number of London local authorities. She has a PhD in Sociology from Aston University.

Tim Brundle

Director of Research and Innovation, Ulster University

Timothy Brundle is Director of Innovation at the University of Ulster. He is responsible for the University’s commercial output and is the CEO of Innovation Ulster Ltd, Ulster’s award-winning knowledge venturing and investment company. Timothy has fifteen years experience in both the successful commercialisation of technology and in business and economic development. His background in the private and academic sectors is complemented by success in the start up, growth and sale of technology companies, in the management of public to private sector transition and in strategic change management. He is an angel investor and an experienced Director of both young companies and mature public Institutions. Timothy is a Board member of the economic development agency for Northern Ireland, Invest NI, and a Panel Member of MATRIX, Northern Ireland’s science-industry advisory council.

Stuart Duncan

Commercialisation Manager, University of St Andrews

Stuart joined the Technology Transfer team at St Andrews in October 2019 and focuses on the commercialisation and exploitation of University’s Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio. Prior to this he was the primary point of contact for all Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation activities within the School of Chemistry at Edinburgh for 7 years, focusing on creating multi-disciplinary opportunities for enduring long term collaborative and strategic partnerships with industry. His career also includes a spell in a Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, Pharma and the Foreign Office. Stuart studied Chemistry at St Andrews and holds an MBA from Durham.

Dr Rebecca Edwards

Research Programme Manager, Bournemouth University

Rebecca leads strategic research programme management at Bournemouth University, based centrally in Research Development & Support (RDS) working in collaboration with the Office of the Vice-Chancellor (OVC). She works in partnership with all disciplinary academic leadership teams to deliver interdisciplinary research development across BU’s Strategic Investment Areas (SIAs). This includes securing high quality and high value external funding, project managing internal research investments, building consortia, developing external partnerships, and maximising research IP exploitation.

Having initially joined BU in 2012, Rebecca’s position utilises experience from previous positions at the same institution including Public Engagement & Impact Manager, Research & Knowledge Exchange Development Manager, Knowledge Exchange & Impact Manager and interim Head of Academic Operations in OVC.

Her dedication to delivering impactful research for society, stems from Rebecca’s research career. After completing a BSc in Geography from Royal Holloway, University of London, at the same institution Rebecca was awarded an ESRC CASE Studentship to explore the impacts of public space policy on place – co-funded by Grosvenor Estates and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This triggered her dual passions of understanding the impacts of national government policy at a localised level and how society engages within the public sphere.

Rebecca was then appointed as a Research Associate at Cardiff University, first as part of the Regeneration Institute and latterly the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research (WISERD). Here she undertook collaborative and contract research for funders including the ESRC and Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). After three years at Cardiff, Rebecca was them appointed Research Fellow within the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC), funded by the ESRC, Office for Civil Society and Barrow Cadbury Trust. Here, she project managed a work stream of three interrelated projects which focused around the environment and the third sector.

Dr. Alison Hardy

IP & Commercialisation Manager, Liverpool John Moores University

Alison is the IP & Commercialisation Manager from Liverpool John Moores University, managing the University IP portfolio and its commercialisation across all disciplines. Alison has extensive knowledge exchange and technology transfer experience arising from time spent at a variety of University technology transfer offices, as well as gaining a good understanding of bid writing, the funding allocation process and the commercialisation of health-related technologies via her time spent as Senior Programme Manager with the i4i programme at the NIHR (National Institute for Health Research). She was awarded her degree and PhD in Chemistry from LJMU as well as holding an MBA from the Open University.

Dr. Chris Hewson

Faculty Research Impact Manager (Social Sciences), University of York

Chris studied Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge, and took his PhD in Sociology at Lancaster University. His PhD examined the development of community radio and television services in the face of social and regulatory change. Chris stepped into the newly created role of Social Sciences Research Impact Manager in March 2017, having previously worked in impact support roles at the Universities of Manchester and Salford. He can be found on Twitter as @c_d_hewson. Chris provides expert assistance to York’s social sciences departments regarding all aspects of research impact, including but not limited to funding and the REF. He also manages the Economic and Social Research Council Impact Accelerator Account (the York ESRC IAA). He is always keen to hear from organisations and groups interested in collaborating with the University’s social science researchers.

Yvonne Kinnaird

KE Policy & Outreach Manager, University of Strathclyde

Yvonne Kinnaird is the KE Policy & Outreach Manager at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Yvonne joined Research & KE Services at Strathclyde 12 years ago initially in a business development role, followed by time working on a project to encourage KE collaborations with SMEs. Yvonne now works across a range of KE projects which includes: leading the Engage with Strathclyde programme, which won THE (Times Higher Education) Leadership and Management Award for KE Initiative of the Year in 2014; and working with the CESAER (a network of Universities of Science & Technology in Europe) Task Force Innovation, and was recently involved in the production of the CESAER white paper titled: Role of Universities of Science and Technology In Innovation Ecosystems: Towards Mission 3.1 (https://www.cesaer.org/news/towards-mission-3-1/)

Alicen Nickson

Director, Research and Innovation, Royal Holloway, University of London

Alicen is an experienced leader and has worked in a range of roles in the Higher Education sector for almost 20 years.  In her current role as Director of Research and Innovation at Royal Holloway, Alicen develops and delivers strategies for the generation of high quality research, knowledge exchange and commercialisation, and she leads the Research & Innovation Directorate. Alicen is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Research Management and Administration, the ARMA Stakeholder Engagement Committee. She is passionate about professional development and evidence informed practice, and has published in the wider research management field. Alicen studied International Relations and Social Anthropology at St. Andrews University, and was awarded an MBA from the University of Southampton and an MSc Social Research Methods from the Open University.

Miss Rhian North

Technology Transfer Officer, Cardiff University

Rhian North is a Technology Transfer Officer within the Commercial Development Team at Cardiff University’s Research and Innovation Services. Rhian joined the team in 2014 as a Technology Transfer Project Officer and continues to works across the University’s Biomedical and Life Science College. As part of her role, Rhian is involved in the protection of University generated IP in addition to the translation and commercialisation of research output via licensing and/or the formation of spinout companies. Prior to her role at Cardiff Rhian worked for an SME

Adele Roberts-Hunt

Head of Business Engagement, Kingston University

Originally a Dancer, Adele studied at Sheffield Hallam University as a mature student and went on to be both a Research Assistant and Lecturer in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship there before taking a Senior Lecturer role at London South Bank University.  Whilst raising her family and travelling overseas with her partner, Adele started her own consultancy company which she ran for 8 years, before returning to HE in a business development role at University of Roehampton, before moving to Kingston University in 2010.  Since 2018, Adele has been the Head of Business Engagement in the Directorate of Research, Business and Innovation at Kingston University where she leads a team of Business Development Managers, contract specialists and project support staff focused on supporting staff and students with commercial income generating activity.

Britta C Wyatt

Managing Consultant, Oxentia Limited

Britta has a background in early-stage investment, IT systems, and innovation strategy. In 2013, she joined Oxentia’s consulting team, where she supports university, government, and private sector clients to build capacity and enable innovation for the benefit of economies and societies. At Oxentia, her role includes; 1) Commercialisation services and support for university KEC offices; 2) Training and mentoring innovators and TTOs on topics related to technology commercialisation, entrepreneurship, impact and innovation; 3) Working in partnership with organisations to design, implement, and evaluate KEC programmes and processes, through activities such as benchmarking studies, best practice reviews, innovation ecosystem reviews, impact assessments, business planning, and higher education strategy. Before joining Oxentia, Britta worked as a commercialization consultant at Ireland’s National Digital Research Centre (NDRC), an award-winning early stage investor and accelerator. Britta has a BA from Denison University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire, USA. She is Prince2 certified.