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Find contact information for business and innovation partnerships staff.

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Dr Martin Davies
Dr Martin Davies

Director of Innovation Partnerships

Tel: 020 3108 7867  (internal: 57867)
Email: martin.davies@ucl.ac.uk

Martin leads the Business and Innovation Partnerships team. The team works with large firms and SMEs in key sectors to forge major, institutional-level business partnerships that will extend UCL’s research into new areas and lead to new innovations with industry.

Martin has spent more than 25 years working on business-university collaborations as a researcher, academic, innovation specialist, and director of university research and enterprise teams.

He's also been involved in business development in health and biosciences, business incubation, managing major economic development projects in London and setting up his own spinout companies in the biomedical sciences sector.

Martin is a board member, and current Chair, of AURIL - the Association for University Research and Industry Links. He originally trained in chemistry and has a first degree and PhD from Imperial College London.


Rebecca Robinson
Rebecca Robinson

Business & Innovation Partnerships (BIP) Administrator

Tel: 020 3108 6625 (internal: 56625)
Email: rebecca.j.robinson@ucl.ac.uk

Rebecca is responsible for providing administrative support to the BIP team as a whole, with a focus on the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships programme. She assists the team’s efforts to build relationships with businesses in multiple sectors by providing project and event support and coordinating reporting efforts.

Rebecca has eight years' international work experience in research, communication, languages and marketing, including previous roles at the European Union, the United Nations and the BBC. She has a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Cambridge, an MA in Interpreting and Translating from the University of Bath and an M.Phil in Medieval Studies from Trinity College Dublin.


Creative, art and humanities


Jo Townshend

Senior Partnerships Manager (Creative Industries, Art, Humanities & Societal Sectors)

Tel: 020 3108 6957 (internal: 56957)
Email: j.townshend@ucl.ac.uk

Jo is responsible for identifying and developing strategic partnerships with companies in the creative industries, arts, humanities and societal sectors.

Before joining UCL she was a consultant for the creative industries, collaborating with cultural institutions to meet organisational priorities, stimulate innovation and facilitate business partnerships. Before that she was the Founder Principal of a Studio School for the Creative Industries, delivering traditional education in partnership with industry. Jo has lectured at international conferences and institutions on arts and industry engagement.

Building on her specialism of fine art painting and interest in collaborative practice and contemporary arts pedagogy, she's worked in arts education since graduating from the Royal Academy of Arts. Her work appears in public and private collections.

Jo is a member of the Royal Academy Schools Alumni and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She's a Trustee of the Board for the De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill.


Pharma and healthcare


Brian Carter
Dr Brian Carter

Principal Partnerships Manager (Biomedical Sciences)

Tel: 020 3108 7947 (internal: 57947)
Email: brian.g.carter@ucl.ac.uk

Brian is responsible for identifying and developing strategic partnerships with companies in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors.

Before joining UCL, he was Corporate Relations Coordinator at the University of Cambridge. Before that he worked at the Institution of Engineering and Technology and spent a year working at the Royal Society of Chemistry. He spent 10 years working at IBM, and 10 years as a research scientist for GlaxoSmithKline. He's a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Chartered Chemist and a Chartered Scientist.


Dr Vassilis Georgiadis

Senior Partnerships Manager (Pharma & Healthcare)

Tel: 020 3108 6962 (internal: 56962)
Email: v.georgiadis@ucl.ac.uk

Vassilis is responsible for developing strategic partnerships between UCL researchers and external commercial partners, with a focus on pharma and healthcare sectors.

Before joining UCL Innovation & Enterprise he was a Business and Innovation manager at UCL’s Translation Research Office, supporting industrial research collaboration activities through a faculty-facing role. Before that he was one of the founding members of Molecular Warehouse, a UK diagnostics and digital health startup.

He's a molecular and cell biologist by training, with more than 10 years of academic research in various biomedical areas. Vassilis studied for a BSc in Genetics at Queen Mary University, followed by an MSc in Clinical Neurosciences at UCL and a DPhil in Cell Biology at the University of Sussex.


Technology, engineering and built environment


Andrew Huddart
Andrew Huddart

Principal Partnerships Manager (New Technologies, Energy & Engineering Sectors) 

Tel: 020 3108 6980 (internal: 56980)
Email: a.huddart@ucl.ac.uk

Andrew supports relationships between UCL faculties and industrial and civic partners with a technology focus who want to widen their reach by working with UCL. His areas of specialisation include digital technologies, energy transformation, and the innovative application of engineering more broadly.

Andrew has managed partnerships for innovation for over 15 years, working internationally across public, private and higher education sectors. With a background in economic development, government and financial journalism, he's helped create collaborations, education programmes and applied R&D projects in multiple sectors.

In London, his achievements include co-founding the Fast Forward London pre-accelerator programme. The programme has run twice a year since 2014 and supports diverse emerging businesses.

Andrew joined UCL from City, University of London, where he led business and enterprise partnerships focused on London’s tech economy. He holds an MSc in Medical Technology Regulatory Affairs.


Innovation development


Dr Laura Bovo
Dr Laura Bovo

Innovation Networks Manager

Tel: 020 3108 6985 (internal: 56985)
Email: l.bovo@ucl.ac.uk

Laura’s role is to facilitate, enable and support academics and researchers across disciplines to interact with groups of businesses and other stakeholders. Strategic areas of interest in key industry sectors include pharmaceuticals, high value manufacturing, creative industries and the built environment.

Innovation networks and industry clubs can allow participants to build communities of practice to: 

  • share and discuss common industry and technological challenges and opportunities
  • foster and develop collaborations between industry and UCL, including joint research-based projects and solutions
  • provide a constructive framework for leadership, knowledge exchange and innovation in a pre-competitive or collaborative environment

Laura is a chemist by training, with almost a decade’s experience of academic research in magnetism. She holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Padova, Italy, and worked as a researcher at the London Centre for Nanotechnology at UCL from 2011 to 2018. Laura is a member of the Institute of Physics and of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and sits on group committees for both institutions. More information about Laura's publications is available on IRIS.


Dr Liam McCafferty
Dr Liam McCafferty

Innovation Development Manager

Tel: 020 3108 7938 (internal: 57938)
Email: l.mccafferty@ucl.ac.uk

Liam develops innovative partnerships between academic staff and business partners, primarily in sectors with a technology focus. 

Before joining UCL Innovation & Enterprise, Liam spent four years in the UCL Department of Chemistry. He was a post-doctoral research associate and then a technology transfer manager, developing links with industry, creating new partnerships and delivering research proposals from a variety of funding streams.

Liam has a Master’s degree in Chemistry and a PhD spanning areas of chemistry, engineering and nanotechnology from the University of Surrey. He’s also a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.


Dr Ann Thorpe
Dr Ann Thorpe

Innovation Development Manager

Tel: 020 3108 6740 (internal: 56740)
Email: ann.thorpe@ucl.ac.uk

Ann is responsible for linking UCL researchers with businesses and civil society to grow research opportunities and translate research and education efforts into uptake in markets or policies. She focuses on three main areas: sustainability related to built and manufactured environment, transport and mobility, and digital economy.

Before joining UCL Innovation & Enterprise, Ann worked in several groups around UCL, including the Transport Institute, the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, and the Bartlett School of Architecture. She also has experience developing partnerships while holding roles in government and in businesses.

Ann has a PhD in Design and Innovation from the Open University, a Master’s in Energy and Resources from the University of California Berkeley, and a BSc in Design and Environment from Stanford University. She’s published two books on sustainable design. Ann is an appointed Fellowship Councillor for Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing at the RSA (Royal Society for Arts and Manufacturing).


Public sector and the professions


Dr Michael Reynier
Dr Michael Reynier

Principal Partnerships Manager (Public Sector & the Professions)

Tel: 020 3108 7945 (internal: 57945)
Email: michael.reynier@ucl.ac.uk

The Public Sector and Professions (PSP) team specialises in developing partnerships with public sector organisations, social enterprises and the third sector (charitable, voluntary and community groups and organisations). Michael’s role is to coordinate, enrich and expand these partnerships, connecting UCL expertise with London boroughs, the Greater London Authority and other universities and representative bodies (for example the Knowledge Quarter).

He has 14 years’ experience of catalysing collaborations between London universities as Deputy CEO of London Higher, a membership association of nearly 40 of London’s universities. In this role he promoted higher education in London to external stakeholders, liaised with key London agents such as the Mayor’s Office and various business organisations, and set up collaborations between universities, including medical schools, on urban research and around student entrepreneurship. 

Before this, he was project coordinator for archaeology in the national Leaning & Teaching Network based at the University of Glasgow. He’s also been a junior lecturer in archaeology at the University of Leicester.


James Jennings
James Jennings

Senior Partnership Manager (Public Sector)

Tel: 020 2108 6606
Email: james.c.jennings@ucl.ac.uk

James is responsible for developing and identifying networks, collaborations and strategic partnerships with the public, private and third sectors in and around London. He also contributes to UCL’s public policy remit by connecting researchers and academics with policy professionals.

James has extensive experience working in local government, leading on economic development and business growth, regeneration, housing, and policy and strategy for three local authorities in London and Essex. This work included change management, international links and embedding equality, diversity and inclusion policy and practice. He also has experience in the third sector, chairing a charity and a community development trust in south east London. In all of these experiences, James has developed and maintained relationships with a range of statutory bodies, businesses and education providers.

James joined UCL from London South Bank University where he worked on complex change management projects and developing new ways of working through innovation. He has an MSc in Politics & Government.


Ben Gascoyne
Ben Gascoyne

Senior External Affairs Officer

Tel: 020 3108 8057 (internal: 58057)
Email: b.gascoyne@ucl.ac.uk

Ben supports UCL’s engagement with government and other external stakeholder groups for UCL’s London Strategy, identifying how UCL responds to London’s needs and contributes to London’s success.

His work enables UCL to communicate and build partnerships with its key external stakeholders, particularly in UCL’s historic home of Camden and the four Olympic boroughs surrounding the developing UCL East campus.


SMEs


Kemil Thomas
Kemil Thomas

Senior Partnerships Manager (High Growth SMEs)

Tel: 020 3108 7934 (internal: 57934)
Email: kemil.thomas@ucl.ac.uk

Kemil is responsible for identifying and developing strategic partnerships between UCL researchers and external commercial partners, with a focus on high-growth SMEs.

He previously managed UCL's Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) programme and other knowledge-exchange initiatives across faculties within UCL. Before moving to UCL, he worked as a Project Manager with the University of Wales, supporting their enterprise activities. He has experience supporting Innovate UK, European-funded (ERDF, ESF) and other external-funded projects for business engagement and support.

Kemil holds a Master’s degree in Finance from Swansea University and is also trained in project management (PRINCE2 practitioner).


Rachel Corcoran
Rachel Corcoran

Knowledge Transfer Partnership & Secondment Manager

Tel: 020 3108 7005 (internal: 57005)
Email: r.corcoran@ucl.ac.uk

Rachel manages UCL’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme and secondments of UCL researchers into businesses.

The KTP scheme offers a co-funded mechanism through which academics can put their research into practice and businesses can innovate and grow. Rachel works with businesses and academics to scope potential KTP projects and apply for funding from Innovate UK. She then works with academic departments to set them up and oversees them.

Rachel joined Innovation & Enterprise from UCL’s Global Engagement Office, where she was responsible for overseeing the implementation of UCL’s Global Engagement Strategy across UCL. She also set up UCL’s Global Engagement Funds to encourage academics to collaborate with colleagues at other universities worldwide.

Prior to this, Rachel worked in a startup charity, developing projects to help improve UK schools through collaboration. She’s also worked for a top-10 global law firm in Paris, and in the London and Tokyo offices of a large multi-national market research company, delivering high-value projects for manufacturers such as Unilever, Procter & Gamble and Mars.


Innovation advice and international partnerships


Margherita Marini
Margherita Marini

Programme Manager, Global Innovation

Tel: 020 3108 9372 (internal: 59372)
Email: margherita.marini@ucl.ac.uk

Margherita oversees global innovation programmes for SMEs in London, and manages funders’ relations with Innovate UK and the EU Commission. Her role ensures that UCL provides a wide range of services to London-based SMEs, from innovation management to international technology transfer.

Before joining Enterprise Europe Network and UCL, she worked for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) where she gained experience in intellectual property, transfer of technology and innovation support projects.

Margherita holds a MSc in Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) and a PGDip in Intellectual Property Law at University of Oxford.


Isabelle Etheridge
Isabelle Etheridge

Events and Marketing Officer

Tel: 020 7679 8196 (internal: 08196)
Email: i.etheridge@ucl.ac.uk

Isabelle oversees the events and marketing activities of the Enterprise Europe Network programme. She leads on coordinating events, taking responsibility for all organisational details. She also contributes to the design and production of marketing literature and web communications.

Isabelle has a degree in Media Studies from the University of Sussex and has previously worked in media, access services and events management.


Jonathan Grinbaud
Jonathan Grinbaud

Business Adviser

Tel: 020 3108 6688 (internal: 56688)
Email: jonathan.grinbaud.15@ucl.ac.uk

Jonathan advises and supports London-based SMEs and university spinouts to enable them to grow internationally. This includes helping businesses commercialise their R&D, penetrate new markets and secure finance.

Before joining UCL, Jonathan worked closely with London-based SMEs as part of the Innovation Team at Newable. He also has a practical understanding of EU policy and programmes from working on the Common Agricultural Policy at the French Ministry of Agriculture, and on European judicial cooperation at Eurojust, in previous roles.

Jonathan has a Modern European Studies MA from UCL, and a French Master’s degree in European Affairs and International Relations from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lyon (Sciences Po Lyon).


Stefan Nardi-Hiebl
Stefan Nardi-Hiebl

Innovation Adviser

Tel: 020 3108 7937 (internal: 57937)
Email: s.nardi-hiebl@ucl.ac.uk

As an Innovation Adviser, Stefan helps London-based SMEs (including UCL startups and spinout companies) by providing tailored and fully funded advice and support. This includes getting funding for innovation, compiling a business plan and funding application, developing and diversifying products, planning new markets as well as exploiting and protecting intellectual property.

Stefan has more than a decade of experience in healthcare and life sciences in various managerial positions from multinational enterprises and consulting to the startup sector.
 
He holds a bachelor degree in Computer Science from University of Applied Sciences Regensburg, Germany, a Master's degree from London School of Economics and Political Sciences, an Executive MBA from ESMT Berlin, Germany.


Miriam Newman-Tancredi

Project Officer

Tel: 020 3108 6563 (internal: 56563)
Email: m.newman-tancredi@ucl.ac.uk

Miriam’s role is to ensure that SMEs in London are receiving relevant support. She carries out administrative, communications and marketing activities to support to the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) team at UCL. She plays a major role in managing events and tracking projects' performance outputs.

Before joining UCL, Miriam worked at Exemplas within the EEN team for the East of England. She's also founded a PR consultancy in the defence sector and works with clients from military and/or political spheres on different projects.

She has a law degree from the University of Southampton, an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Exeter, and a Master's degree in European Politics, specialising in security and defence, from Sciences Po Strasbourg.


Diana Yin
Diana Yin

Innovation Adviser

Tel: 020 3108 7794 (internal: 57794)
Email: diana.yin@ucl.ac.uk

Diana works with London-based businesses with high-growth potentials. Specifically, she focuses on building innovation capacity for companies in the areas of intellectual property strategy, innovation funding, internationalisation, and access to UCL’s research capabilities.  

She has a proven track record of successfully delivering support for high-growth companies. Prior to joining UCL, she worked in private sector R&D consultancy in the UK, academic research in oncology, and at a government innovation agency supporting Kiwi businesses in New Zealand. The private and public sector experience has equipped her with a unique mix of skills for supporting R&D performing businesses, and demonstrating collaborative leadership in the innovation ecosystem.  

Diana holds an MSc in Biomedical Science from The University of Auckland, and an Executive Education in Business Strategy and Financial Performance from INSEAD.