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Adam Blackwood

Knowledge Exchange Fellow - Digital Creative, University of Kent

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Adam Blackwood

Knowledge Exchange Fellow - Digital Creative, University of Kent

Having watched too many Jacques Cousteau documentaries, I had originally trained to become a marine biologist and studied marine related sciences at Portsmouth and U.C.N.W Bangor Universities. With the allure of fish farms fading, I developed my interests and studies in computing and later did some part-time research in systems design approaches. I have managed an e-learning training unit as part of a regional consortium bid to support local SME engagement strategies and I was part of the steering group for the government’s 3 year £16M MoleNET mobile technology initiative for education. I have a particular interest in mobile and proximity technologies and their applications in education. I have worked at the University of Kent for nearly 15 years in different capacities related to technology and education. My role as EIRA Lead for Digital Creative allows me to extend my interests with technology solutions and help benefit the research area and the region.

Dr Kenny Lang

Knowledge Exchange Research Fellow - Biotech, University of East Anglia

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Dr Kenny Lang

Knowledge Exchange Research Fellow - Biotech, University of East Anglia

I initially qualified in Chemistry and developed an early interest in biotech following a PhD in microbiological chemistry. My experience has accumulated from over 20 years in the biomedical and life science sectors gathered in industrial R&D and start up environments. A major interest throughout has always revolved around the validation of early stage technologies and managing their transition from the research bench through the various development gateways to market. More recently I have focused on implementing innovation in SME’s as a means to realising economic growth. The EIRA project (Enabling Innovation: Research to Application) will support innovation in Eastern England. As Knowledge Exchange Research Fellow for biotech I look forward to helping biotech businesses access the broad range of research expertise available from the universities and colleges in the region through the funding and support mechanisms available through the project.

Ian Tebble

EIRA Knowledge Exchange Fellow AI – UEA

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Ian Tebble

EIRA Knowledge Exchange Fellow AI – UEA

As EIRA Knowledge Exchange Fellow for Artificial Intelligence, I am building links between academics and industry and looking for opportunities to utilise the EIRA funding to develop value from research to support growth and innovation in businesses. I have a background in chemistry and process engineering with over 40 years’ experience of working in the food, biotech and renewables sectors for various companies ranging from multinationals to SMEs. As part of this I have been involved in assessing the industrial potential of many new technologies and leading projects from initial concept stages and scale up through to production. A large part of this has involved managing the technology transfer process, developing links between industry and academia and working on several grant funded projects, including leading successful grant application bids.

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Emma Wakeling

Knowledge Exchange Manager - Digital Creative, University of Essex

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Emma Wakeling

Knowledge Exchange Manager - Digital Creative, University of Essex

Emma joined the EIRA team and the University of Essex in May 2018. For this project she will be leading on the Creative Digital specialism and supporting this element for all the project partners. Emma joins from Essex County Council where she designed and led programmes to support Essex businesses across key sectors of which Digital Creative was one. Prior to this she led on Business Development, Knowledge Exchange and Innovation across a variety of education establishments including Higher Education, Further Education and Adult Education. She has experience of a variety of EU and non EU funding organisations and projects.

Sarah Birch

Knowledge Exchange lead, University of Kent

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Sarah Birch

Knowledge Exchange lead, University of Kent

My role as a Knowledge Exchange Lead in Biotechnology builds on my expertise as an MSc-qualified Research Scientist Project Manager, within a Pharmaceutical Industry and more recently, within a Flavour and Fragrance company. Within these settings, I have been responsible for leading projects in both cell line generation for early stage drug discovery and microbiology support for fragrance design programmes. These roles have involved the setting up of collaborations and teamwork initiatives to deliver project deliverables for multiple global stakeholders. In addition, I have personally been involved in University collaborative working, starting with a joint Master’s programme between the University of Kent and Pfizer Global Research and Development. I am passionate in promoting and building on the scientific network within the local area, and welcome any further ventures in strengthening our Biotechnology Research and commercialisation opportunities.

Janine Coomber

Knowledge Exchange Project Manager, University of Kent

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Janine Coomber

Knowledge Exchange Project Manager, University of Kent

As the University of Kent Knowledge Exchange Project Manager for the EIRA Project, I manage a small team of Knowledge Exchange Leads in Artificial Intelligence, Biotechnology and Digital and support business growth and productivity in the Eastern region across these themes. I have 15 years project management experience gained in policing and education organisations and have professional qualifications in Prince2 Project Management and Managing Success Programmes (MSP). I worked for over ten years as a Senior Researcher for Kent Police delivering strategic operational research and business improvement projects, collaborating with local councils, other police forces and criminal justice services. I have spent the last five years developing projects with the community and industry within Innovation Departments at Canterbury College and the University of Kent. I started my working life as a trainee Actuary for a consultancy in London as a typical graduate route having gained a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Warwick University. I was lucky enough to spend a few years at home with my young family at different points throughout my career but enjoyed a number of diverse activities to keep me busy. These included being a Special Constable, running a direct sales kitchenware business and conducting social research interviews. I am analytical by nature, but very much enjoyed the experience these people focussed positions provided.

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Will Allanson

Vice-Principal, Harlow College

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Will Allanson

Vice-Principal, Harlow College

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Sarah Steed

Business Director, Norwich University of the Arts

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Sarah Steed

Business Director, Norwich University of the Arts

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Catriona Wood

Director, Business and Finance, Writtle University College

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Catriona Wood

Director, Business and Finance, Writtle University College

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Carole Barron

Director, Innovation and Enterprise, University of Kent

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Carole Barron

Director, Innovation and Enterprise, University of Kent

Carole is a Senior Manager at the University of Kent with responsibility for the strategic development of innovation and enterprise and has extensive experience of working in partnership with a wide range of businesses and stakeholders. Carole is a Board member of several businesses and sits on numerous local and regional partnership boards. She is also President of the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce and has recently been appointed a Fellow of the Higher Education Leadership Foundation.

Dr Karen Smith

Relationship Manager for Medical and Life Sciences, University of East Anglia

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Dr Karen Smith

Relationship Manager for Medical and Life Sciences, University of East Anglia

I instigate new and develop existing opportunities for partnerships with private, public and third sector organisations based on the world-leading research conducted in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, and the Schools of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Pharmacy. I work closely with academics to promote key research capabilities through knowledge exchange, impact, enterprise and engagement. I also line manage the UEA Enabling Innovation: Research to Application (EIRA) team of Knowledge Exchange (KE) Fellows and a KE Manager working across the agri/bio-tech, artificial intelligence and digital creative sectors. Following several years in management consultancy with EY and IMS Health (now IQVIA) I worked at the University of Cambridge in several roles including Head of the Corporate Liaison Office and Executive Director of the Cambridge Computational Biology Institute and at UCL as Director of Bioprocess Leadership. I gained extensive experience in developing strategic, high-value relationships with stakeholders including companies of all sizes, academic institutions, government bodies, knowledge transfer networks, professional institutions and sponsors. I hold several degrees including two Master's degrees and a PhD from Emmanuel College, Cambridge (Neuroanatomy).

Stefanie Thorne

Head of Research and Enterprise Services, University of Suffolk

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Stefanie Thorne

Head of Research and Enterprise Services, University of Suffolk

Stef Thorne is Head of Research and Enterprise Services at the University of Suffolk. Stef leads and manages the Research and Enterprise Services team in the support of research, postgraduate research and business engagement activities across the University. Stef is the lead on the development of the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC) and the development of the University’s business engagement offer and works in close collaboration with our partners to deliver impact (www.twitter.com/UOS_IWIC). Stef is an experience Head of Research and Enterprise within the University Sector, supporting postgraduate research education (PhDs), developing Graduate Schools and Innovation Centre’s on campus, increasing business-HE engagement, leading student and staff enterprise projects and developing effective entrepreneurialism on campus. Stef is passionate about the economic impact of higher education institutions and supporting diversity in entrepreneurship. She founded the Suffolk Centre for Female Entrepreneurship (SCFE) in 2016 to act as a focal point for supporting diversity in entrepreneurship through events, knowledge exchange and research. Previously an elected member of the Executive of the UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE), the Graduate School Manager and Principal Administrative Officer for Research at the University of East London, Stef has worked with in higher education since completing her MA in International Relations and Development Studies in 2001. In 2007 she was seconded to HEFCE to act as an assistant panel secretary for RAE2008 and is currently engaging with Vitae as a researcher developer mentor for researcher developers at other Universities. A member of a variety of different steering groups and partnership projects committed to growth and development within the region she is passionate about the development of the East of England and the importance of business and HE working together to improve people’s lives. Stef is an Enterprise Associate with the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education and regularly presents at local and regional conferences and events on enterprise and business engagement. Stef acts as a Governor for a local primary school in Ipswich with responsibility for the Curriculum Committee and STEM. Stef is a full time Mum of four children and devotes her time to raising them in the beautiful county of Suffolk.

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Dr Rob Singh

Deputy Director (Enterprise) Research and Enterprise Office, University of Essex

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Dr Rob Singh

Deputy Director (Enterprise) Research and Enterprise Office, University of Essex

Rob leads the Enterprise Team at University of Essex, helping to use university expertise to solve real world business problems. The Essex team can offer innovating businesses a wide range of solutions, from award-winning Knowledge Transfer Partnerships to consultancy and contract research.

Vanessa Cuthill

Director, Research Enterprise Office, University of Essex

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Vanessa Cuthill

Director, Research Enterprise Office, University of Essex

Vanessa Cuthill is the Director of the Research and Enterprise Office at the University of Essex. She took up this role in September 2016 having previously worked in various senior roles in UK Research Councils and the HE sector.