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Knowledge exchange policy and planning

Find contact information for staff involved with knowledge exchange (KE) policy and strategy, data analysis and reporting, and project and programme management.

Krista Macmillan
Krista Macmillan

Director of KE Policy & Planning

Tel: 020 3108 7939 (internal: 57939)
Email: k.macmillan@ucl.ac.uk

Krista has a key leadership role to embed a culture of innovation and enterprise at UCL. This involves developing and implementing strategy and institutional policy, and leading the institutional response to the Knowledge Exchange Framework and Knowledge Exchange Concordat. She’s also responsible for strategic planning and delivery of a portfolio of strategic projects. 
 
Krista leads a number of teams responsible for KE policy and strategy, data analysis and reporting and project and programme management. 
 
Contact Krista about:

  • innovation and knowledge exchange strategy, policy and planning
  • innovation and knowledge exchange reporting, including HEIF, Knowledge Exchange Framework and Knowledge Exchange Concordat

Before joining UCL, Krista worked for UCL Business, Scottish Enterprise and the University of California, Berkeley and has an MSc Information Systems and an MA (Hons) English Literature.


Strategy, policy and reporting


Lydia Harwood
Lydia Harwood

Head of Knowledge Exchange Strategy, Policy and Reporting

Tel: 020 3108 8920 (internal: 58920)
Email: l.harwood@ucl.ac.uk

Lydia leads and oversees the development and implementation of strategy and institutional policies to encourage and enable innovation and enterprise. She's also responsible for delivering supporting systems, processes and reporting for the department, including the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) and Knowledge Exchange Concordat (KEC), and manages the Policy and Data Management and Analysis teams within Innovation & Enterprise.

Contact Lydia about:

  • innovation and enterprise strategy development and delivery
  • innovation and enterprise related policies, including Disclosure of Conflicts and Declaration of Interest, Revenue Sharing, and Intellectual Property policies
  • innovation and enterprise related systems, processes and data analysis
  • reporting to UKRI and Research England around knowledge exchange and innovation, including on the HEIF, KEC and KEF.

Lydia joined Innovation & Enterprise from UCL Communications and Marketing, where she worked in strategic planning, market research and, initially, international student recruitment. Prior to UCL she worked for Lancaster University and a public policy think tank in New Zealand.


Dr Alison McAnena

Head of Knowledge Exchange Strategy, Policy and Reporting (Interim) 

Email: alison.mcanena@ucl.ac.uk

Alison leads and oversees the development and implementation of strategy and institutional policies to encourage and enable innovation and enterprise. She's also responsible for delivering supporting systems, processes and reporting for the department, including the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) and Knowledge Exchange Concordat (KEC), and manages the Policy and Data Management and Analysis teams within Innovation & Enterprise.

Contact Alison about:

  • innovation and enterprise strategy development and delivery
  • innovation and enterprise related policies, including Disclosure of Conflicts and Declaration of Interest, Revenue Sharing, and Intellectual Property policies
  • innovation and enterprise related systems, processes and data analysis
  • reporting to UKRI and Research England around knowledge exchange and innovation, including on the HEIF, KEC and KEF

Alison is on secondment from the RIGE Impact Team, where she is Head of Impact (Research and Institution). In this role she works to enable strategic impact planning with faculties after leading UCL’s REF 2021 Impact Case Study submission. She holds a PhD in Geochemistry from Newcastle University.


Samuel Drake
Dr Samuel Drake

Policy Support Officer

Tel: 020 3108 4755 (internal: 54755)
Email: samuel.drake@ucl.ac.uk

Sam is responsible for developing and supporting institutional policies to encourage innovation.

Contact Sam about innovation and enterprise policies, including the:

  • Disclosure of Conflicts and Declaration of Interest Policy
  • Revenue Sharing Policy
  • Intellectual Property Policy

Sam’s background is in history (PhD). Before joining UCL Innovation & Enterprise, he worked in commercial education. 


Nicolás Ulloa Olguin
Nicolás Ulloa Olguin

Data Manager and Management Information Analyst

Tel: 020 3108 7932 (internal: 57932)
Email: nicolas.ulloa-olguin@ucl.ac.uk

Nicolás joined UCL Innovation & Enterprise in 2011 after graduating with a Master's degree in Management from UCL.

Before this he was a Planning, Programming and Control Engineer for Metro de Santiago. He holds a BSc in Industrial Civil Engineering from the University of Chile.


Harshila Rana
Harshila Rana

Data Business Analyst 

Tel: 020 3108 9039 (internal: 59039)
Email: h.rana@ucl.ac.uk

Harshila works with data and systems, undertaking analysis to support the business needs of UCL Innovation & Enterprise.

Before joining UCL, Harshila worked as a Due Diligence Analyst for the London School of Hygiene &Tropical Medicine and a Procurement Analyst for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.


Knowledge exchange engagement


Caroline May

Web & UX Manager

Tel: 020 3108 6136 (internal: 56136)
Email: c.may@ucl.ac.uk

Caroline is responsible for the day-to-day running of the UCL Innovation & Enterprise website.

Contact Caroline about:

  • updating the UCL Innovation & Enterprise website
  • adding new events or other content to the website
  • technical issues with the website
  • website analytics

Knowledge exchange programme and project management


Miriam Sandford
Miriam Sandford

Senior Project Manager

Miriam is on leave until November 2024.

Miriam oversees the project management office (PMO) function and Innovation & Enterprise's project portfolio. She also provides project management for complex key strategic and operational projects. 

Contact Miriam for:

  • information on Innovation & Enterprise’s project portfolio
  • guidance on how to run projects within Innovation & Enterprise

Victoria Banks
Victoria Banks

Project Officer

Tel: 020 7679 9358 (internal: 09358)
Email: v.banks@ucl.ac.uk

Victoria delivers project support and project management for UCL Innovation & Enterprise and is supporting the transition of the PMO to a more self-service model.

Victoria has worked at UCL for over 12 years in a variety of roles, most recently as Short Course Manager, supporting academics in developing and delivering short course activity.


Jaini Shah

Project Officer

Email: jaini.a.shah@ucl.ac.uk

Jaini provides project management and project support in UCL Innovation & Enterprise and is supporting the move of the PMO to a more self-service model.  

Contact Jaini for:

  • information on Innovation & Enterprise’s projects
  • guidance on how to run projects within Innovation & Enterprise

Jaini has worked at UCL for over 6 years in a variety of roles, including Research Project Administration and Executive Education Project Management.